frizzy versus fuzzy hair

Frizzy hair on the fall '09 Prada runway VS. fuzzy hair on Heather Graham. Photos: Cristophe Simon, AFP/Getty Images; Robert Marquardt, Getty Images

Here in NYC, along with everywhere else in the Northeast, we've been suffering through an unusually rainy summer that has put a damper on many a Hamptons beach weekend and given everyone frizzy hair days from hell.

Women have spent this season drowning their manes in silicone-based anti-frizz serums trying to recapture their straight strands of yore, only to end up with a semi-greasy, half sleek/half frizzy mess (you know what we mean -- when all your hair is flattened to your head except for a few stragglers that stick up like wiry antennae).

So when it comes to this type of chronic humidity, we say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Look at Heather Graham; doesn't she look great as a free-spirited flower child? Graham has fuzz -- not frizz.

You see, fuzzy hair is healthy and bouncy, with devil-may-care flyaways reminiscent of little kids' hair, which is too pristine for frizz.

Frizz happens as you get older and start roughing up the cuticle with blow dryers, flat irons and moisture-sucking products.

So, chillax on the blowouts and serums -- they're simply not gonna work when you can literally see moisture droplets suspended in the air.

Instead, use a repairing shampoo and conditioner such as Redken Extreme and then scrunch a handful of Living Proof No Frizz Styling Cream (which will keep your hair from going haywire once the wind hits it) through your wet hair and either let it air dry or blow-dry it on low heat with a diffuser.

Don't you feel liberated? Viva la fuzz!

Now, for those humid days when you absolutely must have sleek, unfrizzy tresses, take some tips from the stylists at Miami Fashion Week.