Ah, frizz, the dreaded F word. Frizz has existed as long as humans have had hair, and is one problem that doesn’t completely go away. Unless you can afford a daily salon blowout, go for a straightening treatment or have a celeb stylist on speed dial, you’re probably reliant on effective hair treatments to help you out during those blasted humid days.
How Hair Treatments Help with Frizz
First, the million-dollar question: Why does hair get frizzy when it’s humid?
Frizz is essentially caused by strands with a raised cuticle layer, like shingles on a roof.
Some experts have learned that the chemical structure of hair is said to be very sensitive to hydrogen levels in the air, doubling back on itself when exposed to moisture. So yeah, it’s not your imagination: Hair does shrink when it’s humid.
A hair strand’s middle layer is made up of keratin proteins held together by a chemical bond with either sulfur or hydrogen atoms. When keratin proteins are exposed to air moisture (a.k.a. humidity), it forms more hydrogen bonds with the moisture in the air and then absorbs this moisture. This then makes the strands swell and kink up, and the process messes up the otherwise-smooth cuticle, leading to frizz. Think of your cuticle as a delicate shingled roof, all fine and perfect when laid out in one smooth direction. But then in comes some vigorous brushing, or some sudden moisture from the elements, and then boom, the cuticle lifts, and roughness and frizz are born.
Hair treatments help the situation by coating the cuticle with emollient ingredients that not only smoothen down your mane as a whole, but keep individual strands from absorbing outside moisture. They essentially keep hair properly hydrated from the inside, so it doesn’t need to grapple for moisture from the air.
To keep #thirsty hair from acting a fool, we list down some tips to help keep frizz at bay. Read on:
Frizz-Fighting Tips and Tricks
1. Use an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner
These formulas, like those in Dove Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Shampoo and Dove Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Conditioner are especially cocktailed with nourishing ingredients, such as oils, to help smoothen down the cuticle. This helps to get your hair prepped for the most challenging of weather conditions the moment you step out of the shower (Miami in July, bienvenido atcha girl!).
2. Deep-condition the lengths
Inject an extra shot of moisture into parched strands via a conditioning mask. Choose a product with a formula that includes ingredients such as coconut milk or shea butter, like Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask, as these formulas can make for especially effective humectants.
3. Blow-dry with a heat protectant
Coat your strands with a heat-protecting spray before exposing it to mechanical heat—or better yet, choose one that also protects against those harmful UV rays. As always, wait till hair is at least 85% dry before manipulating it into shape to protect from breakage and roughness. We like the protection we get from TRESemmé Platinum Strength Strengthening Heat Protect Spray.
4. Try a hair oil.
Just as face oils are having a moment in skincare, hair oils provide major moisturization without the heavy, sticky feel of a hair cream. A lot of options are available depending on your hair needs. We particularly love Argan oil-infused varieties, like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil, as an everyday, lightweight hair coater that also remoisturize well midday.
5. Brush with natural bristles.
Invest in that high-end boar-bristled brush already! It efficiently distributes your natural scalp oils throughout the shaft, minimizing the need for hair to absorb outside moisture.
6. Choose humidity-fighting hair products.
Dry, fine, wavy and curly hair can all benefit from products that are specifically tailored to keep humidity from messing with your life. Choose an easy-wear formula that also works to revive your hairdo during those sudden summer rainshowers or a particularly intense gym session. We like the smoothness we get from Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum.
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