How To Tame Frizz: with celebrity hairdresser Ken O’Rourke

Fight Frizz Fast

He’s loved by virtually every A-lister there is, from Amy Adams, Mariah Carey and Kristen Stewart to Eva Green (in Cannes): So fresh back from the Film Festival, I snuggled up with one of my favourite celebrity hairdressers, Ken O’Rourke, Charles Worthington Brand Ambassador, to share frizzy hair issues. “I used to have frizzy hair myself,” says Ken. I didn’t know that! Me – I can’t go wild for work: it’s just one ungroomed step too far for me!

Check out my first ‘In Bed With Jo’ video where Ken shares his frizzy hair tips, as I reveal my super frizzy auburn hair like no one has before! You’ll never see my hair this frizzy again I promise! And please do share. Huge thanks as ever to the talent and skills of Mr Iain Philpott (applause) for capturing us in motion on camera with such ease!

Ken’s tips on how to get rid of frizz fast

1. Wait until your hair is almost dry before you blow-dry it

Wait until your hair is just 5% damp before blow-drying. How do you know? Imagine you’ve just walked outside on a winter’s day and your head feels cold like ‘oh my hair’s still damp’ – that much, no more.

2.  Chose oil over serum
It’s gotta be oil. Unlike serum that sits on the surface, oil gets absorbed and is easier to use. Apply to wet hair, rub a drop or two between your hands then massage the residue over the outer layers to reduce the fuzz. Avoid the hairline around the face as that’s when it starts to look greasy.

3. Tong the top layer only

Hair doesn’t have to be super smooth all over, you can control frizz by just running over the top layers with tongs. The outer layers have the majority of the frizz; focus here and you’re done.

4. Try a DIY treatment

I love this trick of Ken’s! Dissolve 1/4 of a pack of rock salt (250g) in a jug of hot water so it looks cloudy, top it up with cold water and stir, then pour over freshly washed hair as the last rinse. Leave to dry naturally for a sexy, cool, urban beach look. I love this effect.

5. Put away the straighteners

If you constantly straighten your hair to tame frizz then back off: all you’re doing is damaging it. Instead, concentrate on smoothing it with a leave-in moisturizing treatment, like Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave-In Conditioner, £5.99, to keep frizz at bay.

6. Wash your hair 50% less

Wavy, curly, frizzy hair look better next day and even the day after that, as natural oils help tame your style. Plus it saves time and money too.

7. Grow your hair

Keep hair longer, below your shoulders, with blunt ends and long layers. The blunt ends will help control the craziness of the layers as frizzy, coarse hair and curls need weight to prevent them going AWOL.

8. Stop touching your hair!

After you’ve styled your hair on a morning avoid brushing or touching it throughout the day. This will break up the strands, which cause it to frizz. Use a small amount of cream or oil to help reduce static.

9. Try an overnight treatment

Apply a treatment overnight for an intense burst of control for flyaways and fuzz. I like Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Oil, £6.99.

10. Consider just going with it…

I love it when my clients want to embrace their natural texture. The less you try to make your hair look great, the sexier it looks. Your hair is who you are so why change it? Own your frizz! … I vow I do, but only on holiday!


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