Wet weather days can cause hair to become frizzy and hard to manage. Your hair will be porous from rain, and the more you touch it, the more moisture will be pushed inside causing it to stand up and frizz.
Rain and humidity can ruin a perfectly styled hair, you can gain control by following these rainy day hair care tips.
1. Use moisture rich shampoo and conditioner
The more moisture your hair already has, the less it will absorb humidity resulting in less frizzy hair. Hair care starts in the shower so be mindful of the shampoo and conditioner you use. Look for products with vitamin E or keratin. You can also use natural remedies, like honey, coconut oil and yogurt to tame the frizz. Just apply them to your hair, leave them on for two to three minutes and then rinse.
You may also want to look into shampoo and conditioner products that contain ingredients, like moringa, which helps regrow hair and smoothen it and cocoa butter, which softens strands.
2. Dab don’t rub
We sometimes dry our hair using a towel, ruffling it through the wet strands. The rubbing method disrupts the cuticle causing hair to frizz. It’s advisable to blot or dab hair with a towel then blow-dry to completely dry hair. Use a microfiber hair towel for best results. Cotton towels tend to create more friction, which can lead to more breakage.
Another friction causing factor are pillowcases or bed sheets. Choose slippery fabrics like silk since they allow your hair cuticles to glide rather than get snagged by the pillowcase.
3. Don’t wash your hair every day
Washing every day can remove natural oil and moisture from your hair. Try to avoid wetting your hair for a day or two specially if you have curly hair. Excessive washing can dry out your hair and make it susceptible to frizz.
4. Dry your hair as soon as possible
After washing your hair, make sure to dry it thoroughly. Extra moisture mixed with the humidity isn’t good. If possible, use the cool mode on your hair dryer or dry your hair in front of a fan. This way, your hair will end up looking more hydrated and a lot smoother.
5. Don’t touch your hair
When we see that our hair isn’t in the right place or it’s getting frizzy, we have the natural urge to fix it with our hands. Avoid doing this as it creates more friction with the hair, causing the frizz to worsen. Try to keep your hands off your hair when it’s raining. If touching your hair is a habit, try wearing a new hairstyle.
6. Use serum or hair oil
There’s more to frizzy hair than just the weather. Damaged and chemically treated hair make the hair cuticle, or the outer layer of the strand rise. This allows more moisture to enter and create frizz.
7. Use a wide-toothed comb
Ditch your brush or little comb for a wide-toothed comb. The less bristles you use, the less friction is created and less breakage from raking the bristles through tangles.
8. Use hair masks
Applying a hair mask every week will help revive your hair and fill any spaces in your hair shaft. These gaps tend to cause hair cuticles to stick out and contribute to frizzy hair. For more effective masking, try starting with dry hair when applying the mask. Leave it on for half an hour (or as instructed by the manufacturer) before rinsing it off.
9. Protect your hair from heat
If you blow-dry or iron your hair often then use heat protectants to minimize the damage. Choose heat protectants with argan oil and keratin as they are ingredients high in fatty acids, which will protect and moisturize your hair.
Almost all of us have a constant battle with frizzy hair. The good thing is that you can do something about it. Follow the tips above and soon enough, you’ll get smooth and frizz-free hair. However, if you’re experiencing a severe case of frizziness, then have the salon help you out with the problem. If you can’t do either at the moment, then just go with it, braid your hair or put it up in a ponytail until you can schedule your next appointment at the salon.