If warm weather has turned your hair into a dry, unmanageable mess then we’ve got the solution with this homemade anti-frizz spray. Use it on wet or dry hair to lightly condition hair and keep flyaways and frizz under control without weighing down your strands.
Homemade Anti-Frizz Spray
For a long time I had conditioner-a-phobia. Definition: Refusing to use any conditioner based on the belief that it would weigh down my short, fine hair. (Yes, I made that up, but it’s totally real.)
Did this result in more volume? Yes. Because my hair was a dry, frizzy mess. At my last haircut my strands got a deep conditioning, and the results were just short of miraculous. So much softness and shine!
My hair guy informed me that conditioner is not the enemy in the eternal quest for full, bouncy hair. His advice: go with a lightweight conditioner and don’t use it on the scalp. The ends of your hair need moisture and conditioning to lie flat and smooth. AKA not frizzy.
But sometimes I need a little extra product to get my hair to look freshly salon-styled. That’s where this homemade anti-frizz spray comes in. Thanks to a few carefully selected ingredients, it does everything my hairdresser’s pro products do while also nourishing hair and smoothing strands. Plus it clocks in at a fraction of the cost of a salon session. Here’s how it works:
Aloe Vera Hair Benefits
I love this spray so much because it uses aloe instead of oil. Aloe vera is rich in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that make it especially good at moisturizing and volumizing your hair.
It’s an emollient that seals the hair’s cuticle, which prevents moisture from escaping. Aloe contains about 20 amino acids (the building blocks of our hair) and the gel-like substance nourishes and strengthens static-prone hair.
I recommend using a natural aloe vera gel for the most nutrients (this one is my all time favorite) but you can also use fresh aloe if you like. Simply harvest the gel and use it as recommended in the recipe below.
Just be forewarned, fresh aloe goes bad very quickly, so you should store your spray in the refrigerator and use it within a week. Feel free to halve the recipe if you can’t use up all your frizz spray in time.
And then there’s the rosewater, with its delicious scent. Rosewater conditions, adds shine and gives you a bit of ‘hair perfume.’ Feel free to spritz this on your face or any areas tender with sunburn. It’s incredibly soothing.
Coconut oil has so many uses for your hair, and it’s part of this simple serum to calm down frizzy flyaways. We used fractionated coconut oil so the spray stays liquid, making it easier to use in a spray bottle.
You can even put coconut oil – or jojoba or argan oil – straight on the ends of your hair. However, to avoid weighing down hair, it’s best to start with a little bit of oil at a time until you get the look you want.
You can slowly add more product until it’s perfect, and it’s much harder to take too much product away. Also, avoid contact with your face as coconut oil can cause acne.
How to Make Your Own Anti-Frizz Spray
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel (either fresh or store bought it fine)
- 1-2 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil
- 1/2 cup rosewater
Combine aloe vera, coconut oil and rosewater together in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. With the help of a funnel, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days if using fresh aloe vera, and 7-10 days if using store-bought aloe.
How To Use a Smoothing Spray
This is how I use my homemade anti-frizz spray, but you may need to play around with it to see what works best for you.
- Wash and condition your hair like usual.
- Pat dry with a towel and comb your hair to get rid of tangles.
- Spritz anti-frizz spray on damp hair, then comb again. Feel free to use more or less spray depending on your hair type.
- Style as usual.
Note: depending on your hair texture, you may have better luck applying this spray to dry hair. Simply style your hair as usual, then lightly spritz with anti-frizz spray. Run your hands over hair to tame flyaways and smooth strands.
6 Ways to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair Naturally
Sometimes your hair needs a little extra help when it comes to taming the frizz. This recipe is a good place to start, but if you’re still experiencing issues with frizzy locks, here are six things you can do to get rid of it once and for all:
Use argan oil as a serum. Rub a teaspoon of argan oil between your hands and lightly run your hands through your hair. The oil should sink in, smoothing locks and cutting frizz.
Apply some hairspray. While hairspray won’t help boost your hair’s moisture content, it will help smooth down the hair shaft making it look less frizzy. If you want to make your own at home, just check out our sugar hairspray post.
Try a silicon-based conditioner. Silicon hair products create a coating around hair that keeps it hydrated and prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.
Say goodbye to plastic brushes. Sebum, which is normally stripped from washing and styling, is your hair’s original anti-frizz serum. A natural bristle brush can help distribute sebum from the scalp along the hair shaft without increasing static.
Wash less often. Washing strips hair of its natural oils. To prevent this, wash less often and use dry shampoo on off days to keep hair looking fresh. Combine with a natural brush (above) to redistribute sebum and nourish locks.
Homemade Anti-Frizz Spray
- Small bowl or measuring cup
- Spritz bottle
- Combine ingredients in a bowl or measuring cup. Whisk well to combine and dissolve aloe.
- Using a funnel, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle. Screw the cap on tight and always make sure to give the mix a good shake before each use.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
Photos by Susan Hudson348