Blame your genes, hair products or bad luck, but frizzy hair is the bane of your locks’ existence. Our hair has a mind of its own when humidity is at an all-time high. Hot days should be all about enjoying the warm weather by hitting the beach—not bad hair days. This phenomenon happens when humidity spikes causing keratin proteins in the hair shaft to bond in often flamboyant ways, creating that coiled, frizzy effect most people spend hours trying to get rid of. Fortunately conditioning and styling treatments help keep frizzy hair moisturized and styled so that humid weather doesn’t mean damaged, distressed or frazzled tresses.
To keep long, thick hair smooth in a humid environment use leave-in treatment masks instead of a conditioner
1. Coconut Honey
If your hair frizzes in humidity, Coconut Honey is your saving grace. Every ingredient is designed to smooth your hair and boost it with moisture. The amino acids in avocado sooth your scalp while the proteins work to rebuild your hair’s follicles naturally. Plus, these ingredients add shine to hair and prevent breakage.
1 oz. coconut oil
2 oz. aloe vera gel
1 tsp. avocado oil
⅓ cup water
Mix coconut and avocado oil in a small cup. Pour aloe vera gel and water in a small spray bottle. Then add your coconut and avocado mix to the spray bottle. Shake well prior to every application. Keep in mind that coconut oil is a solid at room temperature. Thus you may need to warm it slightly.
2. Jojoba Hydrator
Jojoba oil mimics your hair’s natural oil. It produces a natural shine while helping to reduce frizz. This leave-in is a lighter mixture that is ideal for fine or wavy hair textures.
1 ½ cups aloe vera juice
2 cups coconut water
2 tsp. jojoba oil
Combine aloe vera juice, coconut water, and jojoba oil in a small spray bottle. Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake prior to each application.
3. Ylang-Ylang Anti-Breakage Formula
To promote softness, reduce breakage, and combat frizz try the Ylang-Ylang. Honey has been known to soothe frizzy hair, promote healthy roots, and restore damaged hair shafts.
4 oz. water
6 drops essential oil of your choice (consider rosemary, thyme, or tea tree oil)
2 tsp. aloe vera juice
2 tsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. ylang-ylang oil
2 tsp. coconut water
2 tsp. honey
Combine aloe vera juice and coconut water in a small cup. Add water and honey. Mix well. Combine oils and mix. Add oils to the water solution. Shake well prior to each application and apply liberally. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, warm it to create your recipe.
Sleep on it
4. Prepare hair for sleep
Braiding hair before sleeping will reduce the amount of movement at night as this adds friction when sleeping. Using a silk pillow can help prevent breakage too so pack one in your suitcase as it won’t take up any room. To tie hair up at night use snag-free hair ties as they will help avoid hair breakage.
5. Soothe as you snooze with an overnight hair treatment.
Do an overnight deep conditioning treatment with argan oi to stop hair from frizzing in humidity. Warm 4–10 drops in your hands before massaging into your scalp. Continue applying all the way to the ends, twist and place a shower cap on top. Your natural body heat retained in the shower cap will help the oil to penetrate, while keeping your pillowcase free of oil. In the morning, wash your hair, rinsing until all residue is gone.
6. Choose a Night to Morning Style
Style your hair at night to avoid having to deal with extra friction and causing more frizz before going outdoors. A leave-in spray holds your style to make sure you wake up with not a single hair strand out of place.
Finish and Set
Serums are the best options for dry and curly hair during monsoon as they get absorbed quickly and instantly moisturize your hair. Serums also help induce shine into dry-looking hair. Choose a serum that is specifically made for frizz-control or to give extra moisture to your hair depending on the issue you are dealing with.
Not all gels are created equally. But the right one can definitely stop your hair from frizzing in humidity. One key to remember is to choose a gel that is made for your hair type so that you do not use too much and create a near helmet with your hair. Look for nutrient rich ingredients in styling products.
9. Use low-heat styling appliances
Even though straighteners and blow dryers help in hair styling on short notice, they can also cause a lot of damage and frizz. In a climate that is laden with humidity, heat styling dries out the hair leading to even more leading to frizz and breakage. In case you have to step out and absolutely need to dry your hair, opt for a hair dryer that has different heat settings and select the lowest option.