Whether you have straight or curly hair, living in a tropical climate like India, we’ve all experienced countless frizz disasters thanks to the humidity. All those bad hair days can drive anyone insane. Now, we can’t change the weather, but we CAN do something about a few hair mistakes we make when it’s humid outside to ensure our locks behave better. Read on so you never run the risk of looking like Monica in Barbados. You’re welcome!
1. Washing Your Hair Too Much Or Not Enough
If you wash your hair daily then you’re committing a big beauty no-no, since washing your hair too often strips your strands of its natural oils. This dryness makes it more susceptible to frizz in the humidity. However, washing your hair not often enough causes greasiness, which attracts more moisture. To be safe, make it a point to wash your hair about three times a week.
2. Not Drying Your Hair Completely
It’s always a good idea to wait for your locks to dry completely before stepping out. Damp hair will attract more moisture from the atmosphere, which can make your hair limp and super frizzy. Plus dust and grime settle way too comfortably into wet hair. Stepping out with dry hair will help keep it more manageable.
3. Skipping The Cool Rinse
There’s just something so relaxing about a steamy hot shower, but it does nothing for your strands. Hot water can actually cause more frizz than you imagined. Be smart and rinse out your conditioner with cool water, or add a shot of cold water to your mane before stepping out of the shower. Unlike hot water, cold water helps seal the hair cuticles, which keep your strands smooth and frizz-free.
4. Bringing On The Heat
Of course, our straighteners and blow dryers come to our rescue on a bad hair day, but try and resist the urge to plug them in as much as you can. All that heat can fry your ends and cause plenty of dryness and damage. That’s never a good look and WILL lead to even more frizz. Try and cut down the urge to heat style your mane to just once a week and embrace your natural texture on other days - your locks will thank you.
5. Waiting Till Your Hair Is Dry To Take Action
By now you should know that puffiness and frizz start taking effect the second your strands start to dry. Which is why you should take action when your hair is still dripping wet. Apply your anti-frizz product as soon as you’re out of the shower to prevent a bad-hair day before it can even set in. If you must heat-style, then rev up your blow dryer NOW, not 10 minutes
6. Touching Your Hair
Playing with your strands, brushing and towel-drying all lead to frizz-prone locks - thanks to friction. Remember to keep your hands off as much as you can, and don’t vigorously rub your strands with your towel. If your locks are prone to frizz, then you may want to skip brushing as much as possible - instead, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to detangle your strands while wet.
7. Using Products With Alcohol
Always, always check the ingredients of the products you use! Alcohol-based products will only cause dryness and frizz. Instead, you should be using an anti-frizz serum (that is silicone-based) to boost shine and smoothness. We love the John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Serum.
8. Not Hydrating Enough
Sometimes, a conditioner alone isn’t enough to repair your hair from frizz-causing dryness and damage. Your strands need some extra moisture. Make it a point to use a hydrating hair mask once a week for healthy, soft locks. During extra-humid weather, a good leave-in conditioner like Wella Enrich Moisturizing Leave-In Balm is also a fantastic idea for some extra care and moisture, to keep your hair more manageable and smooth.