Summer means a lot of good things when it comes to feeling beautiful: getting a tan, traveling to exotic locations, spending time outdoors, but also…terrible hair. Thanks to sweltering humidity, fighting the frizz is an ongoing battle, and we need as many allies as we can find.
There are hundreds of products all promising to eliminate frizzy hair from your life (Science-based hair company, Living Proof in fact introduced an entire franchise called No Frizz , which is awesome by the way), but it seems we are never fully free from the little alien hairs that sprout up to summon the mothership the minute moisture is in the air.
Keep calm, and follow these tips for keeping frizz at bay during hot balmy days and nights.
What is frizz?
Simply put, frizz happens when humidity (or moisture in the air) makes any kind of natural texture in your hair come to the surface. Basically, what you see is the unraveling of the curls and waves that you have naturally. “Hair frizzes when it hits a certain humidity point because it’s literally reaching our for moisture,” says celebrity stylist Martis Duarte.
1. Start with the right shampoo
Beginning with the right shampoo and conditioner is key. According to Fernando Salas, creator of White Sands Haircare, select a moisturizing, sulfate-free formula like White Sands Hydrating Shampoo, to keep hair from absorbing liquid from the hot air around you. “When the cuticle layer is shut, hair will have a perfect moisture balance,” he says. “Through this cleansing process, certain products can penetrate proteins deep inside the hair shaft rather to moisturize from the inside out.”
2. Try co-washing
If you haven’t heard of co-washing, here’s the 411. Co-washing, or “conditioner-only washing” is just substituting your two-step shampooing and conditioning process with a super hydrating shampoo, aka a cleansing conditioner. It’s much more gentle on your hair, and ensures that strands remain amply hydrated and silky feeling. Unwash Bio-Cleansing Shampoo and Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner are two excellent options.
3. Hydrate your thirsty locks with a leave-in
A deep conditioning treatment infuses an added dose of moisture. Ouidad’s Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner strengthens each hair with softening proteins, prickly pear and arnica extract, then seals the cuticle layer and keeps frizz away. If you have any kind of tight curl, mixing shea butter with coconut oil or aloe makes for a great DIY hair mask.
4. Swap your cotton towels for microfiber
Terry cloth towels basically act as velcro for your hair, and make all those little flyaways even more out of control….so don’t use them! Instead, try this soft anti-static hair towel from Deva Curl (or any other towel that is made from microfiber). It dries your hair in a flash so you can begin the battle against frizz straight out of the shower.
5. If you HAVE to blow dry, point downwards and use a diffuser
To create a great base for styling in humid weather, blow dry your hair from the top down. “Direct the dryer (a hood dryer or a regular dryer with a diffuser) toward the ends. Always dry the roots about 70% before blow drying,” says George Gonzalez, owner of George the salon Chicago.
6. Switch your brush for a wide tooth comb
Because the prongs are more wide set, a wide-tooth comb leaves natural texture intact and does not create static. If you have coarse hair reach for a boar bristle brush, which helps keep the oils off your scalp and distributes it evenly into your dry strands.
7. Use a serum in the summer
Add a little serum to your wet hair before heat styling to help smooth the hair cuticle and keep it soft during those really humid days. Hair stylist Greg Ruggeri recommends Evo’s Love Perpetua Shine Drops. Just pump a dollop into your hands, rub them together, and apply it to your hair, focusing on the ends. Keeping a lightweight spray serum like R+Co’s Tinsel Smoothing Oil in your bag is a perfect way to tame your ‘do during the day.
8. Go natural when you can
Look for products with natural ingredients, as using them avoids creating chemical buildup in your hair. “I prefer using products with natural ingredients such as camellia or sesame oil,” says Gonzalez. “Other ingredients such as silicone will help to smooth and add softness and shine to the hair. I also tell clients to use a moisturizing mask at least once a week.” According to Celese Hilling, the CEO of Skin Authority, vitamin D oil is an awesome ingredient for soothing strands. “Not only does it soothe and smooth, but D also keeps hair and your scalp healthy,” she says.
9. Cocktail your hair products
Among the arsenal of humidity fighters, you should have a cream hydrator like Alterna’s 10-in-1 Complete Correction Hair Cream, as well as a texture spray, like Ouidad’s Wave Create Sea Spray which contains hydrating marine extracts that cancel out any dehydration (thanks to the salt in the formula). Also, we cannot say enough good things about dry shampoo and our go-to is Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, as well as Shu Uemura’s Dry Cleaner. If you’re a brunette and afraid of dry shampoo’s dreaded white powdery finish, try Batiste’s Hint Of Color Dry Shampoo, which is made specially for people with darker hair.
10. Keep dry shampoo handy
Not only does dry shampoo make your hair feel less oily between washes, but it can also be used as a styling product. According to hairstylist Cecilia Romero of The Wall Group, it can help achieve the hold you want with more flexibility and control, so spray it all over before creating an updo. Another bonus? It can keep bangs from sticking to your sweaty forehead in the humidity with a quick spritz underneath the hair, and immediately make your oily roots look dry.
11. Sleep with your hair in a twist
Twisting back your hair while still moist (sorry to use that word, ladies), securing it with a bobby pin, and wrapping a scarf around it is an easy way to wake up with perfect frizz-free beachy texture.
12. Opt for an updo
Sleek ponytails, low messy buns, top knots, neat chignons and braids are the frizz-haters best friends. Get the deets on creating the perfect ponytail here.