With the Summer months, there are many things that can wreak havoc on us along with bug bites. One of the cons of summer weather (although great for your skin!) is the dreaded humidity. One minute your ends are laid and then next thing you know, you're sporting a luscious fro. Here are some tips for taming your hair in humid weather or at least get you through those hot and heavy days.
First off, get a haircut or trim that caters to your hair type. This is especially important if you live in an area that is known for humid weather. Long hair and straight cuts add the weight needed to pull down hair that would otherwise puff out.
An angled or slightly layered cut will remove some of the bulk. Avoid a layered cut because it will emphasize curls and could result in a frizzed-outlook.
When conditioning your hair after shampooing, make sure to rinse out the conditioner using cold water. Cold water causes the cuticles of the hair to contract, simultaneously it adds shine and tames unwanted frizz.
If need be, you can use a leave-in conditioner or hair serum that is specially formulated to keep hair smooth! Also Try a deep-treatment of olive or coconut oil. Occasional deep treatments help keep frizz and puffiness under control by maintaining healthy hair.
Apply a healthy spoonful or two of warm olive or coconut oil to your ends. Wrap the hair up in plastic or a shower cap and wait anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. Shampoo and condition as normal to remove any excess oil.
After washing your hair, make sure to dry your hair gently! Air drying is best, but if you have a more curly texture to your hair, try using an old t-shirt. The cotton fiber from the t-shirt is way more gentle than using a towel, the fiber from the towel can snag and rip your curls.
Last but not least, avoid over-combing your hair. It can be tempting to try and smooth out your hair with plenty of brushstrokes. The truth is that brushing or combing your hair causes friction, which in turn causes breakage to the hair cuticle. This can lead to puffy or frizzy hair.
Instead of plowing through your hair like you've entered a contest for the most brushstrokes, use a wide-toothed comb or a paddle brush with ball-tipped ends. Finish off with a light pass using your fingers as a comb.