I enjoy writing about experiences from my own life so that my tips may help others.
Hot and humid weather can play havoc on our hair: without the proper care and products, my hair would feel completely unmanageable in times of high humidity! I found that even by making small changes to my hair-care routine, I achieved healthier and smoother strands. I began by washing my hair less often to protect the strands of the natural oils. Then I sought out and experimented with new products and styling techniques to reduce the frizz. By combining these methods, I came up with these nine ways to manage my unruly hair in the humidity and keep it looking beautiful.
1. Wash Your Hair Less Regularly
I have become more mindful of how often I wash my hair. Washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. For hair prone to being unmanageable in high humidity, washing it just twice a week is usually enough to keep it looking naturally beautiful. In the meantime, you could try using a dry shampoo.
If you have oily hair, like me, you may need to wash it more frequently than those with dry or normal hair. Try to shampoo and condition your hair only when necessary, and use a gentle shampoo and conditioner that will not strip away its natural moisture.
When washing your hair, look for a shampoo and conditioner designed to help reduce frizzy hair. There are lots of them on the market these days. A leave-in conditioner is especially helpful in protecting hair from the elements.
2. Use a Leave-In Conditioner.
Hair that is especially dry or damaged tends to soak up humidity like a sponge! So proper conditioning is essential for reducing the effects of high humidity on your hair. Leave-in conditioners are a great way to keep your hair hydrated and looking healthy and beautiful.
Apply a leave-in conditioner after you wash your hair, and comb it through to distribute evenly. I always pay particular attention to conditioning the ends.
You can also use a leave-in conditioner on days when you don't wash your hair, to help protect it from the elements and keep it looking its best.
3. Use a Diffuser
Use a diffuser when blow-drying your hair. It will help to distribute the heat evenly and prevent your hair from getting too dry or frizzy.
Hair diffusers work best after gently towel drying hair and applying products. It is one of the most popular ways to dry curly or frizzy hair and keep it looking beautiful.
4. Protect Hair From The Sun
An important way to keep hair looking beautiful in high humidity is to protect it from the sun. Sun protection is essential for hair as well as skin because UV light causes hair to dry out. The easiest way to protect your hair from the sun is to use a leave-in conditioner or sunscreen for your hair type.
5. Use a Heat Protector Before Styling
If you use a hair dryer or curling iron regularly, consider using a heat protector before styling your hair. Heat protectors help to shield your hair from the damaging effects of heat styling and can help to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny.
There are different types of heat protectors available on the market, so be sure to choose one that is right for your hair type. Apply it to damp hair before blow drying or using other heated styling tools.
6. Use a Light Argan Oil Treatment
Argan oil is a natural product that can help to nourish and revitalize your hair. There are lots of argan oil treatments available on the market, so be sure to choose one that is right for your hair type. Apply it to damp hair, and leave it on for the recommended time before rinsing it.
7. Use Anti-Frizz Serum
Invest in a good quality anti-frizz serum. Apply it to your damp hair before blow drying. It will help to control the frizz and make your hair more manageable.
8. Detangle With a Wide-Tooth Comb
Detangling your hair can be difficult and time-consuming, but using the right tools can make it easier. A wide-tooth comb is ideal for detangling wet or dry hair, as it prevents pulling or breaking your hair. Start at the bottom of your hair and work your way up, gently combing through any knots or tangles. If you have particularly curly or tangled hair, you may need to use a conditioner or detangling spray to help.
9. Try a Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a great way to extend the life of your blowout or style. It absorbs excess oil and leaves hair looking fresh and clean. Apply dry shampoo at the roots of your hair, and then brush it through to distribute it evenly. I often use dry shampoo on days when I don't wash my hair, to help absorb oil and keep my hairstyle looking beautifully fresh.
Living in a humid climate can be tough on your hair. Humidity can make hair frizzy and unmanageable. Nevertheless, I have discovered that these simple techniques all help to keep my hair healthy and beautiful.
Sources and Further Reading
- Best ways to prevent hair from getting frizzy in humidity | AccuWeather
Humidity can have a less than ideal effect on your hair but follow these tips and you can keep your tamed and prevent your hair from getting frizzy.
- How to Humidity-Proof Your Hair, According to Hairstylists
If you want to sidestep the additional poof, here are the best anti-frizz products and tips to hack the humidity.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2011 Louise
angemac23 from Canada on August 07, 2011:
THanks for the great tips!
SusieQ42 on August 06, 2011:
It's been very hot and humid. Today is no different! Thanks for the fan mail! I appreciate it. This morning I looked up the most popular keywords and wrote a hub about career trends in the U.S. Most of our money comes from readers outside of Hub Pages, did you know that? So I try to find interesting topics...
Louise (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on August 06, 2011:
Susie, it sounds as though you're having a really hot summer there in Florida! Thank goodness for air conditioning! :-)
Louise (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on August 06, 2011:
Hi Pamela, glad to be of help! :-)
SusieQ42 on August 05, 2011:
Today it was 100 deg. outside! The air was so heavy I felt sorry for those with breathing problems. I stay inside most of the time so I'm one of the lucky ones. I use hair spray when I go out though, hopefully this helps. Thanks for the info!
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 05, 2011:
The heat and humidity play havoc with my hair and I appreciate your tips. Great hub.
Louise (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on August 04, 2011:
You're welcome, Phoebe.
Phoebe Pike on August 04, 2011:
Thanks for the tips. :)