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Hair Care in Humid Weather

Posted on 22 January 2019
Hair Care in Humid Weather

We associate summer with relaxing afternoons by the beach and enjoying the outdoors, but summer could just as easily mean a lot of bad hair days for some of us. If you have the dreaded humidity frizz, you've probably wondered why humidity causes your hair to go haywire. We explore how humidity turns sleek into frizz and offer some great strategies to help you beat the bad hair days.

Why does your hair change when it's humid?

Human hair is highly sensitive to humidity in the air, and some hygrometers (devices that measure humidity) even use hair to get an accurate measurement of the level of humidity. So why is human hair so sensitive to humidity? It comes down to the chemical structure of our hair, which makes it extremely sensitive to the level of hydrogen in the air (a feature of humidity).

At the molecular level, the humidity leads to hydrogen bonds forming between water molecules and the keratin proteins in your hair. When a lot of bonds are formed between the proteins in your individual strands of hair, the hair folds back on itself at the molecular level at a greater rate. This leads to curls and frizz. If you have straight hair, your hair might go wavy, and people with curly hair might end up with frizzy or curlier hair. Kinking and poufing are some of the other symptoms of humidity affecting your hair.

Strategies for keeping your hair looking good when it's humid

So what can you do about a head full of "bad hair" when the weather gets humid? Try these strategies.

  • Pillowcase - Changing to a silk pillowcase could be less irritating for your hair than a cotton pillowcase.
  • Shampoo and conditioner - Avoid over-washing your hair, and use shampoo and conditioners designed for frizzy hair. Use smoothing shampoos and leave-in conditioners to manage your frizz-prone hair.
  • Cold water - In the shower, turn the water to the coldest temperature you can tolerate and run the water from roots to end to close your hair scales, boost manageability, and keep your hair shape polished.
  • Dry correctly - Avoid rubbing your hair dry after showering. Instead, squeeze out the water and blot your hair with your towel. A microfibre hair towel could help control frizz.
  • Hair-smoothing products - Use a hair-smoothing (anti-frizz) product on wet hair to keep your locks smooth even when it's super humid. Remember to apply before your hair gets too dry.
  • Flatiron - If you'll be blowing out your hair, remember to use a flat iron or straightening iron to finish up. This will also help control the frizz.
  • Oils and shea butter - If you have wavy and thick hair, try applying oils, like Jamaican black castor oil or coconut oil, and shea butter. These rich fats can tame frizz while sealing thick hair, and they create a layer of moisture to help combat humidity. You can apply an oil spray after drying for convenience. Leave-in heat-protectant products could be great alternatives to oils and butters.
  • Natural conditioners - Add moisture and beat the frizz with natural conditioners like mashed avocados and coconut oil. If you're travelling or short on time, look for anti-frizz sheets for a quick condition on the go. Use a keratin treatment for longer-term frizz control.
  • Natural-bristle hairbrush - Try using a natural-bristle hairbrush. Natural bristles are made from keratin, like human hair, and they're smoother than plastic or metal brushes.
  • Smaller sections - When you're ready to style your hair, work with smaller sections rather than thicker ones to maximise control.
  • Frizz-friendly styles - Use hair accessories like headbands and clips to lock your hair down and avoid flyaway strands on humid days. Braids, ponytails, buns, and twists shape your hair and help keep it under control. You can alternatively opt for wet-look or slicked-back hairstyles to avoid the frizz, but don't forget to use gel, serums, glosses, and holding sprays to hold the style in place. Look for humidity-resistant hairsprays and serums for extra protection against the damp.
  • Focus on managing - Keep in mind if your hair is prone to extreme frizz, it might be better to concentrate on managing it rather than eliminating it. For example, if you have tight curls or wavy texture, choose a relaxed look like a braided style or neck-bearing topknot to keep your hair contained.
  • Embrace the frizz - Frizz or extra curly hair doesn't necessarily mean bad hair to some people, and you might welcome the extra body. So one alternative is to embrace the frizz and play it up instead of trying to control it. Style curls and finish with an oil spray or play up tousled tresses with some spray.

Manage the frizz

Humid weather can wreak havoc on your hair, so it's good to keep a few strategies at hand to control frizz and curls. Using the right pillowcase can minimise frizz, and the right shampoo, conditioner, and oils could protect your hair from the impacts of humidity. As long as you treat your hair with respect and choose frizz-friendly styles, you can skip the bad hair days and keep unwanted humidity frizz under control.

For any products, you may need for your hair care, pop into Pialba Place. Check out our store directory to find what you're after!

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