The Frizz/Flop Factor
The weather forecast: Hot, humid, a chance of rain…in other words, catastrophic hair conditions. Be it curly or straight, thick or thin, humid weather has a stormy effect on all hair types.
Heat and humidity have a “truth serum” effect on hair which makes it hard to maintain a style in certain weather conditions. Whatever your hair’s natural texture and tendencies, it will reveal itself in balmy weather. This is the result of the moisture in the air coming in contact with hair’s hydrogen bonds — the bonds which hold curly hair smooth when blown straight, and straight hair curly when set.
Hot Tips to Beat the Heat
When it comes to achieving good hair on bad days, my tactic is “Don’t fight it.” Going with hair’s natural texture is the best strategy. By using styling aids that not only help manage unruly locks but also condition hair, a traditional “bad hair day” can be transformed into a luxurious spa treatment for the hair. Try:
- Use a clarifying shampoo or rinse (try diluted apple cider vinegar — 4 oz. to one quart of water) to dissolve any buildup on hair and scalp which could repel moisture and block its nourishing effects.
- Apply to wet hair a mixture of leave-in conditioner and a gel (try a mixture of 3/4 part gel to 1 part conditioner). Test mixture first to be sure the conditioner and gel dissolve into each other and do not bead. Do a test strand to make sure it doesn’t flake after drying. Either finger-set curls into place, or smooth hair back into a braid or bun.
- Dry hair can be saturated with a conditioning essential oil, for a super-spa hair day (try Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil). Oil should be applied to dry hair and combed through with a fine-tooth comb. Essential oils can be left in hair for as little as 20 minutes or as long as 24 hours for an intensive conditioning treatment. Once the oil is applied to hair, pull hair back into a bun for a sleek look.