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19.4.11

Reader Question: How do you look after your hair in the humid climate?


QUESTION: “How do you look after your hair in the humid climate? I find my hair gets uber dry. Any tips?”
- Maltida, a Twitter follower


NIA’S ANSWER:
Humidity (or high dew points if we are being a bit more accurate) affects curly and kinky hair because our hair happens to be naturally dry and therefore is attracted to moisture in the air. This can be a nightmare hairstyle-wise as your hair may go from not a hair out of place to frizzy, shrinking and poof!

And when you also add the environmental effects of the increasing temperature and more sunlight coupled up with humidity (basically perfect Summer time weather) – you get more disastrous, dry, frizzy hair!

There are number of things you can do however to stop the environment and weather from affecting our hair though…
  • Make sure you’re sealing moisture into and out of your hair. After you wash, condition or moisturise use a light natural oil or butter to seal that moisture in your hair. This will prevent moisture from leaving your hair but also prevent moisture and humidity from entering your hair.
  • Deep condition and use hot oil treatments. Deep condition weekly or as often as you can.
  • Steer clear of heat styling tools.
If your hair is dry – most probably due to an increase of heat and sunlight:
  • Drink 2-3 litres of water a day and maintain a balanced diet! Your hair is made up of 10% water and the sun tends reduce this percentage, so make sure your taking in a lot of water. Our hair is also a window to our overall health as well so make sure you’re eating well too.
  • Use hair products with SPF factors or shea butter. Our hair is like our skin so we should try to screen it from the sun.
  • Wearing sun hats and hair scarf. This season there are some absolutely adorable summer hats in the store not to mention the turban is the hot new fashion this year! These are both great ways to protect your hair and scalp.
  • Shampoo less often, try co-washing more with clarifying conditioner and also use SLS-free shampoos.
  • Try using products with humectants such as glycerin, panthenol, honey, proplene glycol, Glyceryl Triacetate – these attract water into your hair therefore moisturising it.
If your hair is frizzy – because of humidity or dew point:
  • Avoid hair products with humectants such as glycerin, panthenol, honey, proplene glycol, Glyceryl Triacetate – these will just exasperate the problem.
  • Try using anti-humectants like hydrogenated castor oil, beeswax, and plant triglycerides such as coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, and shea butter.
  • Use product specialising in anti-frizz.
  • Try some protective styling such as bunning.

I hope these tips help you out with your summer hair woes! If you’ve got any tip for how you deal with frizz or dryness in the summer, please share them!

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