How To Beat The Humidity Hair Blues

Humidity can really mess up your hair if you let it. Fortunately, even a small change in your hair care routine or products can tame hair affected by humidity.

If you don’t want to settle with unruly hair on a humid day, you should be able to take care of matters by following the following tips.

When it comes to hair care…

Make certain you have the right hairstyle

If you live in an area that is known for humid weather, consider getting a hairstyle that caters to your hair type. 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. A layered cut will emphasize curls, but could result in puffier hair.

Shampoo every other day

Shampoo is great for cleaning dirt and grime away from hair, but it’s not so great for taming puffy hair. That’s because shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, which makes your hair silken and combats frizz. Some people go for as long as a week in between shampooing. The exact amount of time is up to you, but the consensus is that waiting a couple days between washes produces healthier, less puffy hair.

 Wash off conditioner using cold water

 There’s some debate about how effective this is, but the idea is pretty simple: cold water causes the cuticles of the hair to contract, simultaneously adding shine and taming frizz. Some scientists, however, doubt the effectiveness of cold water on the scalp, saying that since hair cuticles aren’t living cells, they shouldn’t contract. The debate aside, this advice shouldn’t cause puffy hair, so try it out and see if it works. Also specially designed leave-in conditioners can help fight puffy hair.

Dry your hair gently

If your hair is prone to fly-aways and frizzes, carefully blot your hair dry with the towel instead of rubbing. Allow hair to air-dry as much as possible to reduce the amount of puffiness in your hair. If you blow your hair dry, avoid a lot of movement with the blow dryer. Blow your hair dry slowly and in small sections on the lowest heat setting. Remember to blow down the shaft of hair instead of across it, which separates hair sections, or upward, which provides volume and lift but also adds puffiness to frizzy hair. Keep in mind that blow-drying removes moisture from the hair strands, which increases frizz.

Avoid over-combing

It can be tempting to smooth out your hair with plenty of brushstrokes after stepping out of the shower. But brushing or combing your hair causes friction, which causes heat and breakage to the hair This leads to puffy or frizzy hair. Instead of combing your hair like you’ve entered a contest, 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.

Go with the flow

In humid weather, your hair will tend to do what it naturally wants to do. Fighting your hair type will probably cause you a lot of frustration; chances are you’ll end up losing every time. If your hair is straight, avoid the urge to put it in curlers on humid days. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, work with the waves instead of opting for a straight style. Try tying your hair up in a bun or ponytail and finish off by applying some anti-frizz gel. If you’re having one of those hair days, never underestimate the help a hat or well-tied scarf can do for your hair.

When it comes to using the right products…

 Choose a shampoo designed to fight frizz or puffiness

Shampoos are made to cater to hair types. You may come across some brands on the shelf, that declare on the face of the bottle that the product will reduce frizzy hair. Otherwise, look for the words “moisturising,” “smoothing” or “hydrating” on the bottle of your favourite brand.

Choose the right kind of conditioner

Normal or leave-in — it all depends on what’s in the conditioner. When searching for a conditioner, look for conditioners that have one or both of the following ingredients: amino silicones and cationic surfactants. These two ingredients help fight the two main causes of puffiness: damage in the hair shaft and static electricity. Amino silicones help the silicones in conditioners to grab onto damaged hair shafts, providing more lasting conditioning. Cationic surfactants help cut down on puffiness caused by static electricity, by carrying a positive charge.

 Use a smoothing hair product

Smoothing serums coat the hair shaft, helping to reduce frizz much like conditioners will. Some of these products, however, are heavy and can weigh your hair down too much. Use sparingly until you discover the right amount of the product to use for your hair.

 Apply a styling product

While serums are great for smoothing the hair sections, they do not offer a holding agent to prevent the sections from separating. Use a smoothing gel or a lightweight gel to hold the hair in place.

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