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Tame Your Tresses With These 11 Anti-Frizz Hair Products

With these anti-frizz hair products, the humidity got nothing on your mane. From sprays to luxurious hydrating oils, here's how you can tame your hair.

For those who don’t live in the tropics all year round, fighting frizz is only a temporary beauty dilemma when they’re headed for some fun in the sun during the summer months. However, we know that struggle all too well. Thanks to the high humidity in the air, moisture in surrounding air enters the hair shaft, causing it to swell unevenly, which leads to frizzy locks. Factor in the frequent use of heated styling tools and chemical processes and yes you guessed it, your hair becomes even more prone to frizz.

Luckily, anti-frizz products are everywhere so you’re never out of options, regardless of whether you like to shop at drug stores or at professional salons. But here’s the catch: with the sheer variety of products available, it can be easy to think that certain products because you bought something ill-suited for your hair type or hair texture. Plus, more often than not, when you feel like a certain anti-frizz product feels too oily or is weighing your hair down, it could simply be due to the fact that you used too much product. As a guideline, you only need a 5-cent coin amount of serum if you have a chin-length bob or shorter, and up to two to three pumps of serum if you have hair that’s longer than your shoulders. Those with fine hair also require a lot less product than those with thick and coarse hair. It is also important to avoid your scalp as frizz-fighting products can cause it to produce excessive sebum.

That said, don’t be afraid to try serums or hair oils for fear that these textures will weigh hair down. As long as you stick to the right amount, many serums and oils are made with extracts derived from botanical oils which not only help smooth hair cuticles on the surface but are also able to penetrate into hair shaft to repair and strengthen tresses to improve hair resilience over time. Here, the 11 most effective must-haves to combat frizz no matter what your hair type is.

Balmain Paris Hair Couture Argan Moisturizing Elixir, US$40 (S$54), www.net-a-porter.com
Pure organic argan oil lies at the heart of this ultra-luxe hair serum-oil hybrid. While the texture feels quite slippery and rich, it penetrates into the hair shaft quickly and once fully absorbed, doesn’t leave any greasy or sticky residue at all, making it perfect for those with fine hair. Rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and silk protein, it accelerates repair, locks in moisture and protects weakened hair from UV rays and pollution. Apply onto clean, damp hair before blow-drying or rub into dry ends whenever needed. we also love the soft and feminine fragrance. John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum, $19.90, Watsons
One of the few beauty products that truly stood the test of time—it has been around for over two decades—and is still widely popular and raved about by loyal fans and beauty insiders. Designed to be applied on wet hair (not towel-dried), the presence of water helps the viscous serum spread and coat every strand of hair easily. To avoid a dripping mess, we recommend squeezing out excess water before applying the serum, focusing on the lengths of the hair from below the ears. Comb through with fine-toothed comb to ensure that the serum is evenly distributed. A pea-sized amount is enough for those with fine and short- to medium-length hair, but feel free to use more or less product as long as your hair doesn’t feel greasy once it’s dry. Expect smoother, glossier and more manageable locks. David Mallett Hair Serum, US$68 (S$92), www.net-a-porter.com
Paris-based stylist David Mallett developed his Hair Serum after three years of painstaking research and development. With an impressive clientele that includes the likes of Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Naomi Campbell, Mallett is well-versed in handling different hair textures. Putting his expertise to good use, this all-in-one hair serum is enriched with macadamia nut oil to effectively nourish, protect and tame all hair textures (including fine, curly, dry, coarse). It is also colour-safe and even helps to maintain and enhance bleached hair. Packed with premium ingredients yet super gentle on hair and scalp, it is even suitable for use on children before exposure to salt water, chlorine and UV. Marc Anthony Repairing Macadamia Oil Treatment, $18.90, Watsons
Those with brittle and damaged locks will love this intensive dry oil. Formulated with macadamia oil and bamboo extract, it is packed with hair-strengthening fatty acids to shield against environmental damage and dryness. Its lightweight texture instantly smoothes, seals split ends, and coats tresses in a healthy shine, making it perfect to be used as a finishing product. Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Spray, $46
Ideal for those who frequently use styling tools like curling tongs, flat iron or even blow-dryer, work this weightless spray as the first step of your hair-styling routine. Made with a high-tech blend of strengthening and smoothing actives, mist it generously throughout the lengths of your hair to protect against thermal damage and reduce frizz for softer, more manageable tresses. Silk Groom Serum, $43, Kiehl's
Count on Kiehl’s for a fuss-free solution to frizzy hair. Fortified with a blend of botanical oils extracted from sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and soy beans, this serum smooths flyaways, softens scraggly dry ends and adds a healthy shine without weighing hair down. We also like that it is enriched with antioxidants to combat free radical damage and protect against dullness. All you have to do is rub the serum between your palms before running your fingers through your hair for healthier, more vibrant locks. OGX Hydrate & Defrizz + Kukui Oil Anti-Frizz Hydrating Oil, $16.90, Watsons
Deeply rooted in the age-old Hawaiian tradition of using kukui nut oil to combat humidity, this anti-frizz OGX oil works particularly well for those with curly hair. Rich in essential fatty acids, it tames frizz while defining hair’s natural curves to give it some body and movement. Apply onto clean, towel-dried hair before blow-dry or spritz onto a toothbrush and brush directly onto flyaways to give it a smooth and glossy finish. AVEDA Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme, $52
Powered by botanicals like certified organic cupuaçu and shea butters, this multi-purpose styling cream does it all, from shielding your strands from heat, UV rays, frizz to providing light to medium hold. Thanks to its nourishing texture, it is more suitable for those with thick hair and works by sealing hair cuticles, keeping humidity out so your hair stays smooth for hours. We also love its refreshing scent of sandalwood and bergamot so you can skip hair perfume on a glamorous night out. L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise EverSleek Frizz Finish Serum, $21.90, Watsons
Boasting a lavish formula made of argan oil and a blend of flower oils, this serum is rich in vitamins to repair damaged tresses, smooth hair cuticles and impart a healthy shine. Upon application, the lightweight serum spreads easily to detangle and soften coarse hair while leaving behind a silky finish and lustrous shine. Use on dry hair for on-the-go sleekness or mix into your regular conditioner or hair mask and apply to damp hair for an intense dose of treatment. Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream, $54, Sephora
At the heart of this lightweight, hydrating and silicone-free styling cream is the brand’s patented Healthy Hair Molecule, OFPMA, which creates an invisible protective veil around each hair strand to block out humidity, repel dirt and oil, and protect against free radicals damage. Apply generously on clean, damp hair before heat-styling for optimal results as the formula is activated by heat. Best part? It remains gentle on chemically-treated or coloured hair so you don’t have to worry about juggling multiple styling products. Leonor Greyl Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase, $76, Escentials
Combing through thick and unruly tresses can be frustrating, especially in our hot and humid climate. Reach for this for a quick-fix to turn unmanageable hair into silky soft locks. Packed with botanical oils and plant extracts, this leave-in spray harnesses the restorative powers of natural ingredients and is free of potentially harmful ingredients like SLS, paraben and coal tar. A little goes a long way so spritz sparingly on damp hair before sun exposure. Remember to shake well to mix well before use.