Humid Weather & Your Hair: How Bad Does it Get?

Your Hair on Humid Weather

Caring for your hair can get tremendously frustrating. The styling regimen that delivers perfect results one day might leave you feeling disappointed the next. You can at least take heart in the fact that this is often due to circumstances beyond your control, like humidity. That doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to looking bedraggled and frizzy in wet weather; the advice below can help even during the wettest months.

The Science of Frizz

frizzy hair on humid weatherAlthough high humidity is the special bane of folks with curly or kinky hair, the truth is that it affects all forms of hair to a similar degree. When airborne moisture penetrates to the inner layers of a strand of hair, it gets absorbed and causes the strand to thicken. Humid air also makes the outermost layer of a hair strand – the cuticle – rougher and more open. This, in turn, admits more moisture, causing more frizz.

The good news is that simply living with frizzy hair is a pretty viable option these days. The natural, no-fuss look is very in, and some hairstyles actually look better when the weather is wet (examples include textured braids and loose dos with lots of intentional flyaways).

Keeping Hair Healthy

We all know that there are those certain super-humid days when you look in the mirror and see a head of hair that looks like it lost a fight with an electrical outlet. If you want to minimize the number of humidity horrors in your future, you need to keep your hair as healthy as possible. When it comes to beating frizz, that all comes down to moisturizing.

humid hair stylesAt first it might sound counter-intuitive to you. If frizz is caused by moisture getting sucked into your hair, how can the solution be to put even more in? The answer is really all about timing. Healthy hair holds in all the moisture it needs regardless of the condition of the air around it. Because it’s effectively saturated, it doesn’t drag in much extra moisture on muggy days. Healthy hair also helps by strengthening that outer cuticle layer. This makes your hair more resistant to humidity changes in general.

Using the Right Products

You want to take a minimalist approach to keep your hair under control in the muggiest months. Don’t shampoo any more than you have to, and use shampoos that don’t have too many salts and sulfates. Avoiding these ingredients will cut down on the amount of damage that shampooing does to your cuticles.

all natural serum for hairYou can get good results with leave-in conditioners during damp weather because they “lock in” a perfect amount of moisture when you style your hair. Serums may also help, but bear in mind that most of them are based on silicone or oil. These can make your hair feel dirty and weighed down and tempt you to over-style. There are now a few all-natural serums on the market that avoid these drawbacks –  you might want to try one out.

Although having to adjust your hair care routine to suit the weather might not seem fair, it can be effective when you use the right tools and keep your hair in tip-top shape. Unless you’re ready to give up the struggle and go with the shaved look, keep experimenting with ways to overcome humidity.

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Hair Iron: Pros and Cons

Hair flat iron

Frizzy hair tends to work out as a curse more often than a blessing. It limits your styling choices and it generally requires more care than straight hair. If you’ve decided to set aside the bushy-headed look and take your naturally frizzy hair straight with a flat iron, here are some of the benefits and drawbacks.

You Get Sleek Results When You Do It Right!

Okay, so you can start with the big advantage right up front when deciding whether or not using an iron is worth it. The results can be nothing short of jaw-dropping when you do it right. Taking total control of your hair and banishing the frizz – albeit temporarily – isn’t just about achieving a certain look. It can also give you tremendous confidence. It’s an achievement you deserve to be proud of!

There’s nothing intrinsic to the ironing process that will guarantee either more or less frizz than you’re used to. It’s all a matter of using the right products, techniques and equipment.

The Right Iron Can Be Costly!

The biggest fear running through your head when you try to tame your frizzy hair with heat is probably that you might end up making the problem worse. It’s true that heat treatment is a bit of a risk – overdoing it can cause long-term damage that leads to hair that’s dry and brittle in addition to being frizzy.

Invest in a quality iron

Your first step is to invest in a quality iron. Buy a model with good temperature controls and solid plates. The latest premium irons usually feature plates made out of ceramics, titanium, or tourmaline; all of these can be good choices. Stay away from irons with composite or coated plates, though; these produce uneven heat and are more likely to cause hair damage.

The Process Takes Time And Special Products

Besides shelling out for a good iron, the other major drawback of straightening your hair is that it takes plenty of time. You need to start the process with a thorough wash using a mild, moisturizing, nutrient-rich shampoo. It’s usually a good idea to add a serum or a straightener while your hair’s still damp. Then, you need to let your hair dry completely before moving on.

Hair flat iron - needs a lot of timeHeat protectant products are absolutely vital if your hair tends naturally towards frizz. Use a product with an oil base and spray it evenly through your hair. Give it several minutes to soak in before you start ironing. There are even steps you should take after you’re done. A final product to protect your hair from damage or moisture will help forestall the reappearance of frizz. The right choice here depends on your hair type. For thinner hair, you should use a light shine that you can apply in a spray. Thicker hair calls for a hand applied serum, usually a silicone-based product.

Wrapping Up

When you’re sick of frizzy hair, attacking it with an iron is one way to change up your look. The good news is it can definitely do the job. The bad news is that the job is a pretty labor-intensive one –  you have to have some serious free time in your schedule if you’re going to use an iron properly. Otherwise do not expect for great results.

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Hair Products to Use on Frizzy Hair

Use These Products for Frizzy Hair

For some people frizzy hair is an everyday struggle while for others it is an occasional problem. Whatever the case, it is always frustrating for people who want silky, shiny and bouncy hair. Frizzy hair tends to look dull and is sometimes very hard to style. Luckily, you can try using some everyday ingredients from your kitchen to treat the problem using simple and natural remedies.

Based on my research, here are 5 home-made most effective hair products/practices to use on frizzy and misbehaving hair:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar’s acidity is great for frizzy hair and also gives an amazing shine. Once you have shampooed your hair and completely rinsed it out, pour some apple cider vinegar over the hair ensuring that you cover it all. Let it sit for about 30 seconds then rinse using cool water for the best results. You can then condition the hair as you do normally. You can dilute it using water in case the smell of the vinegar bothers you.

2. Avocado and Olive Oil Mask

Stop frizz using these products - olive oilThe avocado and olive mask’s natural ingredients naturally conditions hair. Olive oil and avocado both have wonderful hydrating benefits and avocado contains the good fatty acids that help in soothing frizzy hair. Mash the avocado up then add a splash of olive oil whipping both together. When you shampoo your hair, apply the avocado mask ensuring that you cover it all. Let it sit for about 30 minutes up to one hour then rinse thoroughly. You can get rid of the avocado scent by conditioning your hair and enjoy the feeling of soft and smooth hair.

 

3. Coconut Oil or Olive Oil Treatment

Stop frizz using these products - coconutCoconut is one of the top choices when it comes to hair care. It has incredible hydrating properties and smells great. Rub some coconut oil on your fingers then run them through hair thoroughly particularly when it feels quite dry. When you do this, focus mainly on the ends as opposed to the roots. Olive oil is another great option – put a couple of drops in your hand then lock in moisture by running through damp hair.

 

4. Raw Egg and Olive Oil Treatment

Stop frizz using these products - eggWhip up a raw egg then mix in a spoonful of olive oil. The egg’s yolk is rich in proteins and fats and is a natural moisturizer. Eggs whites contain enzymes that get rid of unwanted oils and kill bacteria. The olive oil acts as an emollient for locking moisture into the hair. Apply the mixture to hair before shampooing or conditioning and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes before you wash and rinse hair.

 

5. Carbonated Water Rinse

Carbonated water rinse is probably the easiest and simplest method. Once you have washed your hair, use carbonated water to give it a final rinse. Carbonated water has a low pH level that helps to reduce frizz.

Final Thoughts

Frizzy hair might be a nightmare for many people. However, this can still be cured with the right products and procedures. It won’t harm your hair if you try the above ingredients. Try them out today and see the difference they make. You have to give enough time to see the effects though. But this is just the start of convincing yourself that you’ve gotta stop the frizz now.

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How to Tame Your Frizzy Hair

taming frizzy hair

Frizzy hair is common to many people, either it’s because of genetics or surroundings. Places with high humidity such as the south eastern part of the US leave many people with a roughly textured mess of hair that’s hard to tame. This happens because as the hair dries out throughout the day, the cuticles open up in order to compensate. If the air where cuticles are exposed to is particularly humid, the frizz comes out in full force. And believe me, if you are a woman like me, you never want this to happen.

If you’ve been struggling to get your hair under control, just try following these 3 simple methods:

#1 – Use less heat

First of all, you should use less heat with any styling tools you have. Try to let your hair dry naturally as much as possible rather than using a blow dryer or at least use the cool setting and aim it on your hair the farthest possible way away from your scalp. High heat blow dryers do more harm than the convenience of natural dryer. Curlers, straighteners, or any other tools are just the same. Only use special stylizing tools that allow you to control the temperature and make sure you keep it at 365 degrees (F) or so to cut down the usual frizz.

#2 – Washing hair each day is not required

Your hair is meant to produce some degree of oil naturally.

It’s likely you’re also washing your hair too much. There’s a stigma that you must wash your hair every single day in order to be clean, but you can actually skip days here and there. Your hair is meant to produce some degree of oil naturally. You have to find the right balance, but washing every single day almost always leaves your hair much drier than ever.  If you have an excess of oily hair, seek out a dry shampoo and hold off in between washes as much as you can.

#3 – Use quality conditioner

Make sure to use a deep conditioner whenever you wash. The higher quality, the better. Talk to your stylist or hairdresser at a quality hair salon for some good product recommendations. A good conditioner will help seal the cuticles, making sure that they don’t end up too much exposed to humid air throughout the day. This will effectively help your hair retain your normal style especially in the morning. In between washes, you might want to occasionally apply some coconut oil to your hair before you go to bed.

That should handle your hair overall, but what about flyaways and those small sections of hair that just remain frizzy no matter what? You can actually tame those with a bit of hairspray and a small brush or even makeup applicator. Make sure to use an alcohol free product, and use as little as possible.

#4 Bonus Tip – Hair Diffusers

Other tools to keep on hand are hair diffusers. Just as with blow dryers, the towel dry method is immensely rough on hair and can cause a lot of damage. This is especially true for those of you with curly hair. Simply throw a diffuser on instead and give your hair time to dry naturally. Once you start doing this a a habit alongside all of the other tips above, your frizzy days should be numbered.

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