How to Humidity-Proof Your Hair This Summer
Summer is here, and with it comes the dreaded humidity that wreaks havoc on our hair. If you're tired of dealing with frizz, flatness, or a general lack of control over your locks, it's time to learn how to humidity-proof your hair this summer. You’ll become an expert in the effects of humidity on different hair types and learn tips and tricks for keeping your hair looking its best, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you..
Understanding Humidity and Its Effects on Hair
Before we dive into the tips and tricks, it's essential to understand why humidity affects our hair. Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air, and when it's high, it can cause your hair to absorb excess moisture. This leads to swelling of the hair shaft, which disrupts the cuticle layer and causes frizz, flatness, or unmanageability.
It's not that our locks despise moisture—on the contrary, hydration is crucial for maintaining healthy hair! The real issue lies in the way water molecules interact with the proteins present in our hair. Our hair is so sensitive to humidity that some hygrometers (devices used to measure humidity levels) actually utilize human hair to determine the moisture content in the air. Humidity plays a significant role in affecting our hair.
But what is it about increased moisture in the air that impacts our hair? And can humidity contribute to hair loss? Continue reading to discover more about the relationship between humidity and your hair, as well as how to prevent hot, humid weather from sabotaging your fabulous hair days!
How Various Hair Types Respond to Humidity
Different hair types have unique reactions to humidity, which can significantly impact their appearance and manageability
Fine hair is particularly prone to becoming limp and lifeless in humid conditions. The excess moisture in the air weighs down the hair strands, causing them to lose volume and appear flat. This can make styling fine hair quite challenging during humid weather, as it might not hold its shape well. The best way to combat this problem is by using products that contain volumizing ingredients. Products with proteins like keratin or wheat proteins will help your hair hold its shape and prevent it from becoming flat or limp. You can also use products that contain a light, flexible hold so your hair won’t become stiff or sticky when it’s humid outside.
Thick hair tends to be more susceptible to frizz and unmanageability in humid conditions, as it can absorb more moisture from the air. The increased moisture can cause the hair strands to swell, leading to a disrupted hair cuticle and an unruly, frizzy appearance. This can make it difficult to maintain sleek, smooth hairstyles during humid weather. To prevent frizz and manageability issues, use products with a light hold and built in humidity shield. This will allow your hair to maintain its shape without becoming sticky or stiff. You can also try smoothing creams, which contain ingredients such as silicone, dimethicone and cyclomethicone that help reduce frizz by coating the hair strands with a protective layer of oil.
Curly & Wavy Hair
Curly hair is especially vulnerable to humidity due to the natural bend in the hair shaft. The excess moisture can cause curls to lose their shape and become frizzy. When humidity levels are high, the hair shaft absorbs more moisture, which can lead to the hair cuticle lifting and disrupting the curl pattern. This results in curls that are less defined and more prone to frizz, making it challenging to maintain well-defined, bouncy curls in humid conditions. Wavy Hair Wavy hair is more resilient than curly or straight hair to humidity. This is because the curls are formed at a lower angle, which causes them to be less likely to lift and frizz during high-humidity conditions. However, wavy hair can still be susceptible to frizz if it’s exposed to too much moisture over time.
Color-treated hair can also suffer in humid conditions, as the increased moisture can strip away color molecules, causing the hair to appear dull and faded. The combination of humidity and UV exposure from the sun can accelerate the fading process, making it essential to take extra care of color-treated hair during humid weather. Using color-safe hair products and protecting your hair from the sun can help maintain the vibrancy and longevity of your hair color. During humid weather, it’s important to use color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Look for formulas that contain ingredients like sodium chloride or sodium sulfate to help maintain your hair color. You may also want to consider switching out a few of your daily styling products for ones that are specially formulated for color-treated hair.
Understanding how your specific hair type reacts to humidity can help you better manage its appearance and feel during humid weather. By implementing proper hair care techniques and using suitable products, you can minimize the negative effects of humidity on your hair and maintain a beautiful, manageable mane throughout the season.
10 Effective Ways to Tame Your Hair in Humid Weather
1.Choose the Right Hair Products
Invest in hair products specifically designed to combat humidity. Look for products that are labeled as "anti-humidity" or "humidity-resistant." These products often contain ingredients like silicones, which create a barrier on the hair shaft to lock out moisture and prevent frizz.
2. Use a Hair Wrap
After washing your hair, avoid rubbing it with a regular towel, as this can cause friction and damage the hair cuticle, making it more prone to frizz. Instead, use TO112's Bamboo Hair Wrap ($39.00), better than microfibre, our pure bamboo hair wrap dries hair quickly and easily. Completely plastic-free, smooth silky bamboo fabric reduces breakage, frizz and flyaways caused by the friction of regular towels. Ultra-absorbent to dramatically reduce blow-dry time and amplify air-dry styles. Bamboo fibers have a silk-like smoothness so it does not disturb the cuticle layer, or cause the abrasion that results in frizz, split-ends, and breakage from cotton towels.
3. Protect Your Hair from Heat
Heat styling tools like curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers can strip your hair of its natural moisture, making it more susceptible to humidity-related issues. To minimize the risk, use TO112's Superior Blowout Mist ($49.00) before styling, this heat-activated blowout mist is the weapon of choice to fight humidity for beautiful shiny hair. A trio of tamanu, grapeseed, and black seed oils and an innovative copolymer blend work simultaneously to lock in moisture, create glass-like shine and shield your style from even the most intense humidity. Producing long-lasting, glossy, frizz-free, salon-quality blowouts that last through up to three washes.
4. Embrace Your Natural Texture
Instead of fighting your hair's natural texture, embrace it during the humid summer months. For curly hair, use TO112's Ultimate Hair Cream ($26.00) to define and hold your curls, the most versatile hair cream you’ll ever experience. Get beautiful blowouts, bouncing curls and smooth finishing touches with this moisturizing leave-in styling cream. Made with tamanu and pomegranate oils and camellia extract to provide hair with 8 key benefits including anti-breakage, heat protection, weightless moisture, brilliant shine, natural UV protection, smooth polish, light hold, and added strength.
5. Keep Your Hair Moisturized
Well-moisturized hair is less likely to absorb excess moisture from the air, reducing the risk of frizz and other humidity-related issues. Use a deep-conditioning treatment or hair mask at least once a week to keep your hair hydrated and healthy. TO112 offers the Mega Moisture Mask ($82.00) is a protein-free, intensive hydrating mask designed to restore moisture in all dehydrated hair types. From straight coarse 1C hair, to the dehydration-prone, fragile, kinky curl of 4C hair, this formula deeply nourishes with botanical ingredients including Jojoba Oil and Cupuaçu Butter to deeply penetrate and moisturize the core of all hair types for soft, strong, flexible hair, restoring elasticity to prevent breakage, and incredible shine throughout.
6. Use a Humidity Resistant Styling Product
If you're in a humid environment, it's best to opt for a hair product that is designed to resist humidity. These products are typically formulated with ingredients such as silicone or waxes that create a barrier between your hair and the elements. TO112 Anti-Humectant Spray is a last step mist to protect beautifully styled hair and lock out humidity. This spray is unlike any other hairspray in the styling arsenal. It is an invisible, ultra-lightweight, no-hold spray that keeps humidity away. Protecting against humidity, preventing frizz and flyaways by creating a sealant around the hair cuticle to lock out moisture in humid environments. It is a no-hold spray intended to be layered after other styling products have done their job to help create beautiful hair. It works best on finished ready-to-wow hair when layered in an all-over mist.
7. Get a Haircut
A well-maintained haircut can make a significant difference in how your hair responds to humidity. Regular trims will remove split ends and damaged hair, which are more prone to frizz. Additionally, a haircut that works with your hair's natural texture can make it more manageable in humid conditions. For example, if your hair is naturally curly or wavy, consider getting a haircut that enhances these textures. If your hair is straight and fine, consider getting layers cut into your locks to give them more volume.
8. Opt for Protective Hairstyles
If you're going to be spending time outdoors in humid weather, consider wearing your hair in a protective style like a braid, bun, or ponytail. These styles can help prevent your hair from absorbing excess moisture and becoming frizzy.
9. Rinse with Cold Water
After washing your hair, finish with a cold water rinse. Cold water helps seal the hair cuticle, making it less prone to frizz and damage from humidity. This simple step can make a noticeable difference in the appearance and manageability of your hair during humid weather.
10. Use an Anti-Frizz Serum or Hair Oil
A good anti-frizz serum or hair oil can help combat humidity, especially if you're using a hairdryer to style your hair. These products seal the cuticles and create a smooth finish that helps repel water, keeping your hair looking sleek and frizz-free. Our TO112 Hair Serum ($26.00) offers nourishment and polishes hair to help protect your hair from humidity and frizz. The serum is infused with tamanu oil, which is known for its moisturizing and smoothing properties, making it an excellent choice for combating humidity-related issues.
Humidity can be a hair nightmare, but with the right tips and tricks, you can humidity-proof your hair and enjoy a frizz-free summer. By incorporating these tips into your hair care routine, you can better protect your hair from the effects of humidity and enjoy smoother, more manageable locks throughout the season. Remember to choose the right hair products, embrace your natural texture, and take preventive measures like using cold water rinses and anti-frizz serums to keep your hair looking its best.