How To Tame and protect Your Frizzy Hair From Humidity
This spring and summer have been long-anticipated after months and months of lockdowns and restrictions. We’re all excited to hit the streets, the parks, the bars, and beaches. But, with the warmer weather comes a few things that aren’t necessarily welcomed by all. I’m talking humidity. While a nice, warm beach day might sound appealing to some, I’m sure I’m not alone in worrying about what the humidity will do to my hair. I have naturally curly hair, and frizz caused by humidity has been a life-long struggle for me.
As a beauty blogger, I’m always looking for new solutions to beauty problems to share with my readers. So, today we’re talking frizz, how to prevent it, manage it, and when all else fails, cover it up. With so many hair types out there, frizz solutions are not one size fits all. So, here are 4 ways to get rid of that stubborn frizzy hair on even the most humid of days.
In the fight against frizz, preventative measures are just as important as managing it once it happens. If you’re a frizz sufferer, you know that trying to tame it once it’s there is borderline impossible. So, here are a couple of ways to prevent frizz before it even happens!
Anti-Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner
Starting with the basics is a great way to prevent frizz from the humidity that comes with warmer weather. During the seasons with more humidity, try switching to an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner. These products target the problem at the root (literally), helping to prevent it from happening at all!
Just like your favorite sheet mask for your skin, hair masks can do wonders in healing your hair and preventing problems like oil, dryness, and frizz! You can buy hair masks for frizz online, or you can make your own right at home! I especially recommend hair masks for those with long hair, curly hair, or wavy hair, as it can sometimes get unmanageable. DIY hair masks can be made with things you probably already have in the pantry or kitchen (coconut oil for hair is my favorite). Hair masks are typically applied for longer than your average conditioner, giving the product a chance to really penetrate your hair and have lasting effects.
In addition to preventative products, you’ll also want to use products before, during, and after styling your hair. Using these products will lock in your style and keep humidity from penetrating, causing frizz.
Here are a few great anti-frizz styling products to manage your frizzy hair:
- Leave-in conditioner
- Styling/smoothing creams or foams
- Smoothing gels or serums
- Hair oils
If you’re a beauty beginner, I highly recommend starting out with a hair oil (just a little bit!) as moisture and hydration (the good kind, not the humidity kind) are the best way to combat frizz. Using a little bit of hair oil before you style your hair and finishing off with a hairspray (look for ones that say weather protectant or humidity shield) is your best bet.
Another way to prevent and manage frizz is by styling your hair. This may sound pretty simple, but the way that you style your hair is going to make all the difference when it comes to frizzy hair resulting from humidity. After using your styling products, I recommend using the following hair styling tools:
A hair dryer is a great way to be sure that your hair isn’t getting frizzy while air drying. When using a blow dryer, use a round brush and hold the dryer close to your hair to get straighter, smoother locks. Try to find a hair dryer with a styling attachment to help make this easier.
Hair Dryer Brush
I highly recommend using a blow dryer brush (my favorite is the Revlon hair dryer brush) for SUPER easy styling. Hair dryer brushes are designed for smoothing, and will get rid of your frizz completely if done correctly.
Another great way to lock in your style while preventing humidity frizz is by using curling tools (straightening tools can often exacerbate problems like frizz and static). By curling your hair, you’re locking in a particular style, which will make it harder for humidity to penetrate and create frizz.
For salon quality curls without heat, try one of these 7 curling iron alternatives at home.
**After styling your hair, be sure to lock in your style with lots of hairspray! This is one of the best ways to maintain your hair style while preventing frizz and other effects of humidity. I recommend looking for a hairspray with maximum hold, as well as one that is labeled “weather protectant,” “humidity shield,” or the like.
Hair Styles & Accessories
If you’ve tried all of the methods above, and absolutely nothing will stop your hair from frizzing up in the summer humidity, it’s time to create some magic with styling and accessories. When in doubt, hide your frizz with these hair styles and accessories:
- Braids: Braiding hair is a great way to rock a cute hair style while managing frizzy, untamable hair. Using a styling product before and after braiding hair will help lock in the look and prevent further frizz. It’s super easy to learn how to braid your hair!
- Hats: On those SUPER humid days, think about rocking a hat. Whether you pick a sunhat, a fedora, or a simple baseball cap, hats can be a cute way to make a statement while hiding all that stubborn frizz underneath! What others don’t know won’t hurt them, right?
- Hair Accessories: Good news, hair clips are trending! Hair accessories like hair clips, scrunchies, headbands, and bows are great ways to distract from frizzy hair. Not only can hair accessories assist in holding your hair style in, but they are more likely to catch the eye than your frizz. Not sure which accessory is right for your style? Take a look at my post about scrunchies and hair accessories for inspiration.