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It's Getting Hot in Here: How to Fight Hair Humidity This Summer

Humid season is here and hair is frizzy. Here are some tips to help you fight back against the airborne moisture monster.

Humidity causes all sorts of problems for hair-havers around the world, dehydrating gorgeous locks and creating unwieldy coiffures. Thankfully, the beauty industry has products dedicated to keeping hair from frizzing. Whether you’re in a frizzy crisis or you’re a beauty pro looking to help clients, here are the best ways to keep lush locks in check.

How to fix frizzy hair

Hair gets frizzy when the amount of moisture in the air is greater than the amount of moisture in your hair. Essentially, the humidity rearranges the bonds in each of your hair fibers, causing frizz and leaving you looking like Professor Trelawney. Wavy to curly hairstyles struggle the most with frizzy looks in humid environments, but it’s a condition that can affect anyone. Not to fret, you can fight frizziness with fire by introducing more moisture to your hair. You’ll want to research which product is right for your hair’s exact needs, but here are a few places to start looking:

  • Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Spray: What’s in a name? In this case, a succinct explainer of what the product is, and how it helps. Living Proof’s anti-frizz solution keeps hair looking tight and textured without weighing it down. 

  • L'Oreal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Leave In Conditioner: The budgeting beauty enthusiast can turn to L’Oreal’s Total Repair leave-in Conditioner for help keeping their hair unfrizzed. The product provides ample moisture and heat protection without breaking the bank.

  • Joon Haircare Saffron Hair Elixir Oil: No matter what your hair type is, Joon Haircare’s Saffron Hair Elixir Oil is a frizz-nixer. Featuring saffron, pistachios, and rose as key ingredients, the oil will keep your hair shining and follicles close together.

You can’t lose if you diffuse

If you’re keeping your hair free of product or just want to try something else, then you should consider diffusing your hair instead of blow drying it. Blowdrying can easily damage your hair and sap the moisture from it if you do it wrong, whereas diffusing will cut down on dry time, reduce frizz, and add volume. Just about everything from basic blowdryers to Dyson’s wild Supersonic blow dryer will have a diffuser attachment available, so diffusing should be easily accessible. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t use high heat. Using products will help keep your hair protected from heat damage, but it’s still better to err on the side of caution. Instead, keep the heat and air settings at a moderate, comfortable level.

  • Tilt your head. Tilting your head while you diffuse your hair will ensure that your diffuser is dispersing hair in the right place, which helps give you volume.

  • Don’t dry all the way. You want to stop diffusing your hair when it’s about 80% dry. From there, let the rest air dry, making sure not to touch it until it’s completely dry.

To recap: Use the right products and diffuse your hair with a strategy. Master both of those, and you’ll keep your hair — or your client’s — looking luscious and healthy. And don’t let the occassinal frizzy hair day get you down; the bad hair days make us appreciate the good ones.

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