While there are many things I love about the summer sun, humidity-induced frizziness is not one of them. Fighting off frizz can feel like a futile battle, but the best way to tame tangles is not to attack them, but to care for them. Doing this requires a strict no-heat-styling policy and a commitment to jumping into bodies of water.
Here’s why wet hair is the look of the summer.
1―Because heat styling is not an option. Every girl who is prone to the summer frizzies knows that heat styling is a weak shield against 80-degree humidity. Regardless of how many times we run a flat iron through our hair, or how many layers of protective spray we spritz over top, curls and tangles always seem to reappear the moment we step outside.
In addition to being ineffective, heat styling can damage our hair. Experts tell us that heat styling degrades the protective keratin layer of hair, and can deplete the hair’s natural nutrients. This ultimately creates split ends which lead to more frizz—yuck!
Use a hair-towel to dry your hair, or lie out in the sun, instead of using a blow dryer.
If you currently have split ends or breakage as a result of heat styling, opt for a keratin shampoo and conditioner to rebuild the barrier.
2―Because hydration is key. Another problem with heat styling your hair is that it will dry out the individual strands. No one wants brittle, straw-like hair, so a good way to avoid this is to keep our hair hydrated.
Emerging yourself in water multiple times a day will give your hair the hydration it needs while also smoothing out unwanted frizz.
Depending on where you live, or where you are working, different water sources may be available to you. Examples include lakes, rivers, oceans, pools, and even your bathroom shower. If you live near a fresh-water source, you’re in luck! Minerals in fresh water can fortify your hair as well as leave it smooth and shiny.
Be careful about utilizing pool water too often, however, as chlorine can work against this. If the pool is your only option, try applying a small amount of leave-in conditioner before jumping in, and washing with an anti-chlorine shampoo. This will help lock in moisture throughout the day.
Regardless, the water will give you a much-needed cool-off on a hot day, and allow you to switch up your look if necessary.
3―Because you can embrace your natural hair. Think of the summer as a time to let your hair rejuvenate and grow! Wet hair is especially fun to play with, and you can try out fun new styles such as French braids and fishtails. If you get sick of your look, jump back in the water and create something new!
Got any other tips for battling humidity or want to show off a wet-hairstyle? Post a picture to social media and tag @Cfashionista so that we can see what you’ve come up with!