It doesn’t matter what your hair type is or how your hair normally behaves in the winter or summer. Here’s the harsh truth: humidity is an equal-opportunity disrupter. If you’re someone whose hair has traditionally been on bad terms with humidity, you’re probably wondering if there’s any hope of escaping your usual hair troubles. Luckily there is. Whether your problem is untameable frizz or flat, dull, and lifeless locks, here’s what you need to know about getting humidity proof hair.
Have You Considered a Ponytail?
It’s easy to underestimate the extent to which your hairstyle can curb the effects of humidity. The ponytail, aka one of the most flexible hairstyles ever, is an easy way to nip a bad hair day in the bud. On the other hand, if you’ve got a more upscale event coming up, a stylish bun is a timeless classic that will last for hours. If you want the option of literally wearing your hair down, however, a layered cut can also open doors.
How are Your Ends?
When was the last time that you went for a trim? Although there’s no strict rule that says you have to trim, humid weather conditions have a way of bringing the worst out of any split ends you may have. Regular trims and touch-ups can go a long way towards keeping your hair in optimum condition.
What Type of Products are You Using?
Another issue to consider are the products you use. Put simply, part of keeping bad hair days to a minimum during the summer months is avoiding the use of hair products that are effectively drying your hair out. Most shampoos and serums use silicones that work by placing a weighty coat over the top of the hair shafts. While this is great for keeping your tresses in place, it also often means that you’ll have to manipulate and wash out your hair more often. There’s nothing wrong with having clean hair, of course, but excessive washing will likely strip your hair of moisture. During humid weather conditions, that’s a big no-no.
Put Aside Heat
Whether it’s a quick run-through with the flat iron or a short date with the blow dryer before heading off somewhere, there’s no denying the ways in which heat has made the management of hair easier than ever. When there’s a lot of moisture in the air, however, heat has a way of causing unique problems to your hair. The trouble with heat is that it dries out hair and many of the heat protectants out on the market rely on silicones to achieve that straightening effect. If your hair is dried out by heat, the water vapors in the air will be attracted to it that much faster. So naturally, you may want to pursue heat-alternatives during the warmer months. If that’s not an option for you, then I would recommend a product that protects against heat styling damage and is silicone-free like Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray.
Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
Going along with the basic idea that moisture in the air is less likely to be attracted to well-moisturized hair, the most powerful weapon in your anti-humidity arsenal is moisturizing. Many of the hair experts will suggest washing your hair less in order to protect your hair from being stripped bare of oils by the shampoo. If that sounds unappealing to you, a sulfate-free and silicone-free shampoo/conditioner like Living Proof ‘No Frizz’ Humidity Blocking Shampoo and Conditioner are another option you can consider. Whichever way you choose to go, extra deep conditioning is recommended all around. For an added moisturizing boost, also consider the use of essential oils.
Having great hair days during the humid months doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. All it takes to control the frizz, or revive your hair as the case may be, is a bit of know-how. By moisturizing, adjusting your hairstyle, trimming, using less heat, and exploring alternative products, you can have the humidity proof hair that you’ve always wanted.