5 Ways to Prevent Humidity from Ruining Your Hairstyle infographic

Ah, summer. I love you and loathe you. On the one hand, my birthday is in the summer, and on the other hand, the humidity is unbearable. In the summer, I tend to leave work earlier, but the humidity also ruins my hair. The summer is great to show off my rompers, but the humidity prevents me from wearing any stretched hairstyle. In short, the summer is great, but y'all this humidity is just on a whole other level.

I'm coming up on my 9th year natural (wow, that's 3285 days!), and the summer has always been trying for my hair, but I'm starting to learn how to navigate this weather while keeping my hair cute and healthy. Here are my tips to keeping a cute hairstyle in humid weather.

Products with PVP are Your Friend: If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know my hair doesn't always dig PVP, but PVPs are great for preventing frizz. If you don't know what PVP is, it's a harmless ingredient in hair products that coat hair in a film making it difficult for humidity to touch the hair shaft. Gels, mousses, creams, and serums with PVP are one of your best bets against humidity. I will personally be trying Ouidad's Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel.

Increase the Hydration: First and foremost, hair that is moisturized won't take moisture from the air, so the more moisturized your hair is, the less likely it will frizz. During humid months, it helps to cowash or saturate hair with water in between washes to prevent hair from getting too dry. Also, if you, like me, are sensitive to PVP, it helps to saturate hair because moisturizing and sealing won't be as effect. Since most products with PVP are water-soluble, a quick cowash will help your hair reset. And since I've finally finished up all of my cowashes, I can finally get my hands on Unwash.

Smaller Braids, Twists, Knots, and Curlers: As much as I love my barrel sized curlformers, in this humidity, the big, airy curls end up frizzing in a matter of minutes. This is because the looser curls have more exposed surface area for the humid air to touch. To combat this, all of my out styles - braid outs, twist outs, and curlformer sets - are done in smaller sections, which take longer to frizz.

Protective Style when Necessary: When in doubt, protective style. If you think it's too humid, or there's a 99.99% chance of rain, opt for a protective style. This way you don't have to worry about the weather ruining your hair.

Embrace (a Little) Frizz: It's almost impossible to prevent frizz entirely for those with natural hair in humid weather, so you might as well embrace it. This doesn't mean you should expect a completely destroyed style within minutes of walking outside, but it does mean your style may not last as long as you want. Either you can redo it, or just embrace the fluffy coif.

How do you prevent frizz in the humid summer months?

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