\ˈfri-zē \
frizzier; frizziest

Definition of frizzy 

of hair

: not smooth and neat because individual shafts are variably wavy and do not align together When hair is frizzy or damaged, its outer cover, or cuticle, is riddled with lifted or missing sections that allow the hair's inner cortex to soak up hair-swelling moisture.— Victoria Clayton

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Fine-haired people have enjoyed the oil-absorbing benefits of dry shampoo but the frizzy-haired world has gone without an acceptable alternative for far too long. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This New Dry Conditioner Will Make Wash-and-Go’s Last Longer," 17 Apr. 2018 Chelsea told Elle magazine that, in her early 20s, her curls just naturally subsided; an affront to frizzy-haired women everywhere. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: New York Times journalist Amy Chozick on Recode Media," 6 May 2018 To make sure yours look fierce, not frizzy, run a wide-tooth comb through them while your hair's damp, then apply curl definer from roots to ends, says Nicholas Penna Jr., a L'Oréal Professionnel stylist and regular backstage pro at fashion shows. Redbook, "How to Get Fierce (Not Frizzy) Curls," 10 May 2011 Such a value would be not too far off $1 million—where the frequently mocked, frizzy-haired self-help guru James Altucher expects Bitcoin to be in 2020. Lionel Laurent,, "What Bitcoin Is Really Worth May No Longer Be Such a Mystery," 19 Apr. 2018 Nayeon initially portrays Hathaway's awkward, nerdy character -- complete with big glasses and frizzy hair -- before later transforming into princess mode with slick hair and perfect makeup. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "Breaking Down the Movie References in TWICE's 'What Is Love?' Video," 12 Apr. 2018 Shooting hot air directly on to your hair is the quickest way to damage your strands and turn your crown into a big, frizzy puffball. Joane Amay, Allure, "13 Common Mistakes People With Curly Hair Make — and How to Avoid Them," 2 Apr. 2018 DTae’ has a boyish face with a frizzy shock of black hair, an easy confidence and a capacity for producing remarkably transparent free-throw reactions. Chris Johnson,, "Devonte' Graham's Winding Road to Becoming Kansas's Steadying Force," 29 Mar. 2018 The reference seemed undeniable, as Lively's hair was brushed to frizzy perfection with a deep side part—all the better to show off her exaggerated hoops and pared-down black bustier dress with spaghetti straps (also quintessential Carrie). Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Blake Lively Steps Out with a New Lion's Mane of Curls in Los Angeles," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of frizzy

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frizzy was circa 1864

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\ˈfri-zē \
frizzier; frizziest

Kids Definition of frizzy

: very curly frizzy hair

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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