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Jun062012

How To Control Frizzy Natural Hair in Humid Weather

Hey Guys!

The weather is quickly changing, getting a bit more hot, and a lot more humid! So naturally, I'm starting to get more frequent questions on how I deal with my hair in the humid weather, and how to avoid frizz, so here's my take on it all!

Once the air starts to become more dense and wet, I immediately notice my Twist Outs becoming fluffier and my Wash and Gos becoming frizzier! There's really no way to avoid it entirely, but there are some ways to make it less noticeable!

Twist Outs

For Twist Outs, I find that twisting on wet hair, especially during the Summer months, will guarantee that I get big, fluffy, undefined, and shrunken results. Which is okay if you don't mind that look... I don't mind it at all! But for those who want to try and avoid that as much as possible, you can use the Twist Out Stretching Method I've talked about in various videos to get the most length out of your hair, and to help it dry flatter.

You might also want to use a styling product while twisting your hair to help the strands behave. I use Shea Butter, which I find works really well; the density and weight of the Shea Butter helps to hold the strands in place! If my hair is really unruly, I'll use my Flax Seed Gel underneath the Shea Butter for added hold. Those two products, along with the Stretching Method should really help the hair dry flatter, with more definition, and more length!

**Hint: When boiling Flax Seed Gel, you can modify the level of hold your gel has! For MORE Hold Use LESS Water = THICKER Gel. For LESS Hold Use MORE Water = THINNER Gel.

Since it will be humid outside, you can expect the hair to shrink up by the end of the day, it's inevitable, don't fight it! At night, just secure the hair into a low bun (or two low buns if your hair is shorter) and it'll stretch it back out for the next day.

Once a couple of days have gone by and the hair starts to become frizzy and really undefined, you can re-twist the hair to start the entire Twist-Out process again! Since you'll be re-twisting on dry hair the second time around, your results will yield a more defined and stretched Twist Out that will be less susceptible to the humidity.

Wash and Gos

For Wash and Gos, it's really hard to avoid it frizzing up on you, especially if it's a last minute Wash and Go, where you're leaving the house with wet hair. However, techniques like the one I use in my Perfect Winter Wash and Go Method video, that allow the hair to dry before entering the humid climate outdoors will definitely help to keep the frizz at bay. So if you're wearing a Wash and Go, try to have the hair dry before leaving the house. If you prefer heatless styling, utilize the Perfect Winter Wash and Go Method! If you don't mind using heat, you might want to apply a frizz taming product or gel after showering, and diffuse the hair, or sit under a hooded dryer until the hair is completely dry.

However, being a girl who prefers heatless styling, I know that sometimes we can't always plan for our hair styles, and preparing our Wash and Go at night might not be a possibility. So for me, when I leave the house with wet hair, while in humid weather, the front and top of my head will sometimes become frizzy, while the back and bottom will remain defined. Again, there's really no way to fight Mother Nature on this one, but again, you can utilize a couple of products to aid in keeping your hair somewhat intact.

A stretched "Lazy Day Wash and Go" that frizzed up!For last minute Wash and Go styles, I'll massage my hair gently with a bit of my Homemade Oil Mixture, making sure that all areas have been treated, from root to ends. I'm also careful not to disturb my natural curl pattern. Then, if it's a particularly humid day, I'll follow up with a bit of Flax Seed Gel in the same manner, and some Shea Butter, focusing it on the ends of my hair. Then I'll wrap my hair into a low bun while I get dressed and prepare for the day. If my hair still isn't dry by the time I have to leave my house, I'll leave it in the bun for the car ride and shake it out when I reach my destination! From there, I have no choice but to let nature do its thing, but the light oils, gel, and Shea Butter, as well as the time my hair was drying in the low bun, definitely help the cause!

Don't Fight The Weather, Work With It!

While the techniques used above, as well as the products recommended, will help to alleviate a small amount of the frizz caused by the humidity, if you have a hair type that easily frizzes up, there's really no product out there that will help you avoid it completely. But it's all good, like I said, don't try and fight it, it's inevitable, just work with it!

On hot, humid days, instead of working your butt off fighting Mother Nature, trying to get your hair to hold that perfect curl, throw it up into a really cute high, low, or side bun! Add a cute scarf, and you're all set to go out the door! On hot days, you don't want that hair on your neck anyway, so keep it out your way, up in a cute bun where the curl pattern doesn't matter, and you won't even be bothered by any possible frizzing! Throw on a cute scarf if you need extra support in taming any flyaways and Voilà! Get ready for compliments on your easy, breezy, and chic hair-do!

So with Summer coming up, don't let the humidity get the best of your hairstyle... or your confidence! Try one of the methods above and if that doesn't work, remember that you always have the option of cute top knot buns, side ponytails, or you can even cover the head completely with a scarf for a laidback bohemian vibe!

Hope this helps, and happy styling guys!

XoXo Whit

 

Reader Comments (15)

That helps alot!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril Hatfield

You're so pretty. Love love love your blog, I'm still at the twa phase but your advice is so helpful. Congrats on bobble head? I think that's what your call the baby lol

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMekaL

Hi naptural85, congrats on your upcoming bundle of joy, may you have many more. My situation is my hair has been cornrowed for four years and when I would take it down. I would belved iron it and get it rebraided. Now after seeing your videos I washed it and was of going natural and leave the braids alone. I have noticed breakage and really not too happy because I do have growth, but I know it should be longer. I put it in a ponytail ( which is a puff) and Im lost as to what to do. It is totally uneven and I don't want to cut it. When I bevel iron it, its shoulder length, but uneven the back (nape area) length check goes to the bottom of neck. I know the answer cut, dang... But just want to see what you suggest.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLucci42

Naptural85,
You have truly been my saviour i've been natural for almost two yrs and was trying so many diff ways to style my hair but to no avail nothing was turning out and once I came across ur tutorials you have become my saviour you have truly changed my life and I see hair so much more differently now. Thank you and keep up the wonderful tips they're a lifesaver.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChar char

These are some excellent tips!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPrecious Curls

great tips! Besides your beautiful hair i'm in awe over your skin and I watched your video on acne and BE. Let me tell you I decided to try that and so far so good i LOVE it! at the most i may have a pimple but not a cluster of those bad boys! :) Thanks for the recommedation. back to the hair....can you please please please do an updated video on how you trim your hair since it's gotten longer??? I know your technique may be the same but if you could explain what to feel for and what to look for when knowing what to cut that would be helpful.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkeisha

Hi Naptural85,

Love your videos and all the information about maintaining natural hair. I hope you continue to post the many ways on 'How to wear a Scarf' on your head.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermaryhappyboutmynappy

This was awesome!!! Yes it help a lot because I have been struggling with frizz so much and I thought I was doing something wrong. But I don't feel so bad anymore. Thanks for sharing.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPurpleC

Hello,
Thanks for this kinds of useful videos. I am also affected by the hair fall & dandruff problem. But I want to know more information about that. If you give me more information It will be great to rescue from this problem.

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersetu

best advice on here: just work with it:) rock the twist out and then high buns, here i come!

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July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMilena Petrova

Summer moisture and the summer sun can be damaging to your hair. Proper preventative steps need to be taken during this season to ensure that your hair does not get damaged.

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHair Straighteners

Living in the North (Alberta, Canada) this, combined with super hard water and really dry air makes for a mess of static. All 3 of my daughters have very curly, fine hair, and they sometimes like to straighten it too but because it is so fine and the air is so dry, I hate to do it because of the static. We have tried everything and have even used bounce laundry sheets to try to control it. The Shielo Restoration Oil stuff WORKS!!

One word of caution: you only need to use a LITTLE of the Shielo Shine Oil (like it says, a drop for my long hair is enough). So what I do is to dry it, straighten it and then rub a bit of the oil on my hands and rub my hands down lightly from the top where the frizz starts and then down to the ends where the static is the worst. I use NOTHING else (no gels or mousse) and then a light hairspray at the roots to finish it off.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlaiah

Thanks for the tips. Going along with the weather conditions seems like a better choice than fighting against it. Nice post.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAir Curler

Awesome tips! You are right don't fight weather, work with it! And that's what I do... I really do not want to change my hair drastically for each of the four seasons. :)

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

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