I have stick straight hair and I still sometimes get the frizzes. The Better Half, however, has (gorgeous, perfect, adorable) curly hair and is prone to some serious frizz when the temperatures get humid. Breakdowns follow, things are thrown, flat irons are cursed. It is not a pretty picture. For those of you who have to deal with the same problems, here are some helpful tips for fighting frizz in the humidity. You – and your hair – are welcome!
1. Get the Right Cut
The best tip for fighting frizz in the humidity is to have a good haircut. Without a good cut, you might well be doomed until it grows out, and we all know how long that takes. It might be a simple case of getting those split ends chopped off, but you may need something else. If you're prone to frizz, in the humidity or otherwise, don't go too short, because that same humidity will cause shrinkage.
2. Let It Get Dirty
I've said it before and I'll say it again: you don't have to wash your hair every day. In fact, you shouldn't, especially if you're prone to frizz. When you have curly, wavy, or kinky hair, it needs as much natural oil as it can get. Washing it every day will leave it dry and even more prone to frizz, so try to do it every other day.
3. Condition Your Conditioner
You need a lot of conditioner if your hair likes to get frizzy on you. That will help moisturize your hair, so if you leave it curly, those curls will sing your praises. If you straighten your hair, plenty of conditioner will keep it from acting up when it's humid. When you do condition, leave it in for about two minutes, and try to do a deep conditioning each week.
4. Use Cold Water
Another great tip for fighting frizz in the humidity is to rinse your hair in cold water instead of warm or hot. I can attest that doing so makes your hair feel silky smooth. It will also give you a lot of shine, which can dim when you have frizz. Plus, once your hair is rinsed, just let it drip.
5. Choose the Right Towels
The kind of towels you dry your hair with can make a big difference. If you tend to get a lot of frizz, then stay away from standard terrycloth towels. They can make your hair break and cause you to get split ends. Microfiber towels are a much better choice, and you should scrunch the water out; don't rub.
6. Dry Smart
Speaking of drying your hair, you need to be smart if you use a hair dryer. That's the easiest way to frizz your hair, because it doesn't like all that intensive heat. Using your hair dryer's diffuser will make an enormous difference, plus it will give you volume. If it's at all possible, a hooded dryer is even better.
7. Leave Brushes Alone
If your hair has a tendency to frizz, then a brush can be your worst enemy. It's better to use a wide tooth comb. Using your fingers is an even better option. A brush, however, is totally verboten, because it can end up doing serious damage to the follicles.
8. The Pomade Promise
Pomade seems a little old fashioned, but it's actually extremely helpful. All you have to do is pick the right product and don't use too much of it, or else your hair will go from frizzy to greasy. A little bit goes a long way; all you have to do is skim over your hair to get rid of frizzes and fly-aways.
9. Take Advantage of Wet Hair
Here's another product-related tip for fighting frizz in the humidity: put on your products while your hair is wet. That's the best time to put in a leave-in conditioner, especially. It will stick better and will help your hair keep from frizzing afterward.
10. Protect Your Hair from the Sun
Finally, you need to keep your hair as safe from the sun as you do your skin and your eyes. If you don't, the sun can really damage your hair. The good news is that there are plenty of shampoos that have SPF protection in them. You just have to look.
Hopefully, some or all of these tips for fighting frizz in the humidity will make life easier for you and your hair. The frizzes can ruin your whole day, after all, just because they make you feel terrible. What do you consider a really bad hair day?
Top Photo Credit: Taya Uddin