We updated this article in June 2022 to add more information about each featured product, expert commentary and two new top products based on extensive testing done by the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab.
It’s not just you: Almost everyone battles frizzy hair in some form. In fact, a whopping 95% of women in Good Housekeeping’s tester panel reported that it was an issue for them. But unwanted pouf doesn’t have to be your destiny. There are countless anti-frizz hair products on the market — from shampoos and conditioners to hair serums, treatments and oils — that claim to make hair less frizzy by conditioning and smoothing the surface of strands.
To find the anti-frizz products that really work, Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab scientists test them both in the Lab using scientific instruments to gauge their frizz-fighting abilities and on consumer testers, who report their feedback on ease of use, product attributes and effects on hair after application. They then collate both sets of data to identify the winning formulas. Here, read all about the GH Beauty Lab’s top-tested best anti-frizz hair products, including drugstore bargains and the best options for curly, wavy and fine hair and beyond.
Our top picks:
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Best Overall Anti-Frizz Hair Product
Kerasilk Control Rich Protective Oil
- Effectively smooths frizz
- Adds shine
- Not greasy
- May be too rich for fine hair
With a dry-touch feel, Goldwell’s silky oil was a winner of the GH Beauty Lab’s anti-frizz stylers test for serious smoothing effects and was ranked the best at boosting shine. In Lab testing, the formula effectively prevented frizz on hair samples and tied for the top spot at keeping users’ hair fuzz-free all day. It was also a tester favorite: “I used it numerous times and my hair was never frizzy,” one marveled. A second noted: “Love everything about it —smoothed my hair with no residue.”
• Size: 4.41 oz.
• Key ingredients: Dimethicone, keratin, hydrolyzed silk
• Best for: Unmanageable, unruly and frizzy hair types
Best Value Anti-Frizz Hair Product
Fructis Style Smooth Blow Dry Anti-Frizz Cream
- Smooths and prevents frizz all day
- Not greasy or sticky
- Bargain price
At less than the cost of a fancy latte, Garnier’s argan oil-laced styling cream was a GH Beauty Lab anti-frizz test winner for keeping users’ strands polished with no greasiness or stickiness. Developed for blow drying hair smooth, this drugstore buy scored high with testers because it instantly polished hair and fended off frizz all day. Despite its strong silkening effects, “you wouldn’t even know I had product on,” one tester noted.
• Size: 5.1 oz.
• Key ingredients: Dimethicone, argan and castor oils
• Best for: Dry, frizzy hair types
Best Anti-Frizz Spray for Fine Hair
Discipline Fluidissime Complete Anti-Frizz Care Spray
- Effectively prevents frizz
- Lightweight liquid spray
Great for those with thin or fine hair — or anyone averse to heavier styling products — GH Beauty Lab anti-frizz stylers test winner Kérastase provides potent anti-frizz power in a lightweight liquid spray. The mist stopped frizz on testers’ hair for a full day as well as on hair swatches in the Lab’s humidity chamber, and it didn’t feel tacky. “It smoothed out my frizz and split ends without leaving any film or crunch behind,” a tester revealed.
• Size: 5.1 oz.
• Key ingredients: Silicones, castor oil, wheat protein
• Best for: Fine hair types (also great on straight, wavy, curly and coily)
Best Anti-Frizz Cream for Curly Hair
Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Styling Cream, 2-Pack
- Prevents frizz in humidity
- Smooths curls and coarse hair
- Good value
In GH Beauty Lab testing, this Suave cream smoothed even the curliest of strands better than luxe brands that cost close to $40. Lab evaluations found that hair samples coated in the cream stood up to humidity, staying polished and un-poufy all day, especially key for frizz-prone curls. “My hair is on the coarse side …and this product made a huge difference,” a tester said. “It kept hair from flying away even on the windiest days,” another added.
• Size: 3.5 oz.
• Key ingredients: Silk proteins, vitamin E
• Best for: Textured or curly hair types
Best Anti-Frizz Hair Serum
Frizz Ease Extra Strength Serum
- Smooths baby hairs
- Contains advanced ingredients
- May be too heavy for fine or thin hair
The original anti-frizz serum from John Frieda, a GH Beauty Award winner, gets an upgrade with advanced ingredients and packaging that doesn’t sacrifice its proven performance, GH Beauty Lab evaluations found. “It defines and smooths my frizzy waves and baby hairs,” GH Beauty Lab Executive Director Birnur Aral reported.
• Size: 1.69 oz.
• Key ingredients: Dimethicone, argan and coconut oils
• Best for: Thick, frizzy hair types
Best Lightweight Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner
Ultralight Smooth Shampoo
- Lasts up to three days
- Smooths strands after just one use
This protein-infused Nexxus shampoo and matching conditioner, GH Beauty Award winners, tame unruly hair and fend off frizz starting in the shower. In a study on hair samples in 98% humidity, strands had significantly less frizz up to 72 hours after application of the system. “The amount of smoothness and shine was noticeable from the first use,” a tester marveled.
• Size: 16.5 oz.
• Key ingredients: Almond and wheat proteins, keratin
• Best for: Fine, dry and frizzy hair types
Best Hydrating Anti-Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner
Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Shampoo & Conditioner
- Effectively conditions hair
- Smooths and minimizes frizz
Created specifically for frizzy hair, John Frieda’s duo earned high marks in the Beauty Lab’s test of hydrating shampoos and conditioners for making hair feel moisturized, which is key for keeping frizz at a bay. Many testers reported that their strands were smooth and “much less frizzy” than before.
• Size: 8.45 oz.
• Key ingredients: Dimethicone, hydrolyzed silk
• Best for: Dry, damaged and color-treated hair types
Best Anti-Frizz Cream for Wavy Hair
Brilliant Gloss Multi-Tasker Perfecting Creme
- Smooths flyaways and frays
- Can be used on wet or dry hair
An all-time favorite of GH’s beauty director for silkening her wavy, damaged hair, this cult classic smoothing cream was also a top performer in the GH Beauty Lab’s anti-frizz product testing. It scored well in Lab evaluations for both minimizing frizz and softening hair. “Not only was my hair frizz-free, is was soft, manageable, and looked healthier!” a tester marveled.
• Size: 4 oz.
• Key Ingredients: Olive oil, pro-vitamin B5, rice protein
• Best For: flat, dry and frizz-prone hair types
Best Anti-Frizz Product for Air-Drying Hair
Whole Blends Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter Leave-In Conditioner Treatment
- Softens and smooths
- Works on damp and dry hair
- Bargain price
A GH Beauty Lab favorite, Garnier’s cream with argan oil, aloe, and coconut oil functions both as a leave-in conditioner and smoothing styler, perfect for when you’re air-drying your hair. Beauty Lab data evaluation found that among women with frizzy hair, 84% reported their hair felt smoother and 80% felt that it did not look frizzy after use. Apply all over damp hair post-shower and on dry hair, glide a small dab over strands to smooth and shape as needed.
• Size: 5.1 oz.
• Key ingredients: Argan and coconut oils, aloe, cocoa butter
• Best for: Dry, damaged hair types
Best Anti-Frizz Hair Treatment
Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin
- Highly conditioning
- Smooths hair
- Must be rinsed well to prevent buildup
Made with botanical oils, this It’s a 10 treatment mask won the GH Beauty Lab’s test of deep conditioners, receiving a perfect score for conditioning ability and high marks for making hair look smoother. “This product made my hair soft and shiny, and it controlled frizz as well,” a tester noted. “I let my hair air dry and didn’t need [to apply] any other product.”
• Size: 5 oz.
• Key Ingredients: Keratin, sweet almond and apricot kernel oils
• Best For: Dull, color-treated, chemically-treated and damaged hair types
Best Anti-Frizz Hairspray
Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray
- Protects against humidity
- Not flaky or heavy
- Affordable price
Shield your style against frizz no matter how sticky the weather with John Frieda’s bargain hairspray, a winner in GH Beauty Lab testing for keeping hair’s shape intact and smooth. It scored at the top for holding curls in place in the Lab’s humidity-chamber test and for not flaking or feeling heavy on hair. “I’ve had no flyaway hairs at all,” a tester reported.
• Size: 12 oz.
• Key Ingredients: Dimethicone, hydrolyzed keratin
• Best For: All frizzy hair types (including curly)
Best Anti-Frizz Hair Product for Flyaways
Frizz Defy Anti-Frizz Sheets
- Instantly smooths flyaways
- Portable size
Tamp down stray flyaways, well, on the fly with these GH Beauty Award-winning smoothing hair wipes from Nexxus. Made with argan oil, the portable, pocket-sized sachets are “perfect for taming out-of-place or fuzzy strands throughout the day,” one tester said.
• Size: 8 sheets
• Key Ingredients: Avocado, coconut and argan oils
• Best For: All frizz-prone hair types
How we test anti-frizz hair products
The GH Beauty Lab tests anti-frizz products both in the Lab using technical instruments and on consumer testers of all hair types to find the ones that perform best. Scientists assess a product’s ability to prevent frizz on human hair samples in the Lab’s humidity chamber over a period of up to 20 hours. At home, consumer testers also use the products (with labels masked to eliminate brand bias) as part of their regular hair routine, then report feedback on attributes such as ease of application, scent and look and feel of hair after use, as well as smoothness of hair throughout the day. In the Lab’s most recent anti-frizz styling products test, scientists tallied a total of 5,666 laboratory data points and consumer tester responses to zero in on the top formulas on the market.
“Hair damage and the environment are the external factors to blame, though some hair textures, including curly hair types, are inherently more frizz-prone,” says Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab Executive Director Birnur Aral, Ph.D. “Hairstyling tools, regular brushing and chemical treatments, like hair color, can lift the outer layer of strands, making the cuticles more porous.” In high humidity, this allows moisture to enter, causing hair strands to swell and frizz; in dry weather, it means moisture escapes, producing flyaways. “To help ward off both frizz and flyaways, you need to make sure hair stays conditioned, which helps seal the cuticle,” Aral explains.
What to look for when shopping for the best anti-frizz hair products
“Both styling products and cleansing and conditioning products should align with your hair type and needs,” says GH Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann. Hair texture (fine, medium or coarse), shape (straight, wavy, curly or coily), density (how much hair you have on your head) and porosity (hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture) are all important factors to consider when seeking out the best anti-frizz products. Wizemann explains what to look for, according to your hair type:
✔️ For fine hair (whether straight, curly or coily), lightweight styling creams are a good option to help style and smooth, especially when applied to wet strands. Both light sprays and serums can work for fine-textured hair when used sparingly to tame flyaways and combat frizz. For fine curly and coily hair, you want ingredients that maintain curl elasticity and prevent breakage, like hydrolyzed protein, to enhance curls without feeling heavy.
✔️ For medium and coarse hair types, nourishing creams and oils can tame unruly strands, make hair shinier and keep frizz at bay. But the usage is key: medium textured hair will need less product than thicker, coarse hair. Shea butter and coconut and castor oils are all excellent emollients that will detangle hair, seal the cuticle and create more shine and less frizz. Look for products that say “nourishing” and “moisturizing” on the packaging, as they are packed with conditioning ingredientsv—vlike silicones and emollients — that keep hair soft and frizz-free.
Why trust Good Housekeeping?
GH Beauty, Health and Sustainability Lab Director Birnur Aral, Ph.D. has 15 years of experience leading clinical and consumer testing in the Beauty Lab, including the testing of anti-frizz hairstyling and haircare products. She has contributed to content in countless beauty categories ranging from haircare and styling to anti-aging products and sunscreen safety. She also has written explainers that tease out the science behind beauty products and debunk misconceptions.
GH Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann executed the Lab and consumer test on anti-frizz hairstyling products, including serums, creams, sprays and more. Over her years in the Health, Beauty and Sustainability Lab, she has conducted lab and consumer studies on all types of haircare and styling products, such as at-home hairdyes, shampoos and conditioners, hair serums, hair volumizers and dry shampoos. She also leads the testing of hairstyling tools like hairdryers and curling irons while continuously evaluating the latest innovations in hairstyling.
GH Beauty Director April Franzino has over 15 years of experience researching, writing and editing haircare and hairstyling-related content utilizing the expertise of the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab scientists and top industry professionals such as hairstylists, hair colorists and trichologists. She is an expert in all hair product categories, from stylers like anti-frizz products to shampoos, conditioners, treatments and tools to hair color, professional services and more. April works closely with the GH Beauty Lab to coordinate hair product testing and translate test results into best-in-class compelling, factually accurate science-backed content for Good Housekeeping. April contributed to both the research for and writing of this piece.
GH Freelance Beauty Editor Dori Price has over 15 years of experience researching and writing haircare and hairstyling stories, combining her knowledge with the expertise of top industry professionals such as hairstylists, hair colorists and trichologists. She is an expert in all hair product categories, from stylers like anti-frizz products to shampoos, conditioners, treatments and tools to hair color, professional services and more. Dori contributed to the research for and writing of this piece.
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