Our hair has a mind of its own when humidity is at an all-time high. Hot days should be all about enjoying the warm weather junk parties, going to the beach, and humidity. The humidity is every Dubai woman’s common and most evil enemy amongst. Not only is it unpleasant to walk around in the heated humidity, but also it absolutely wrecks any hope of having smooth, silky and presentable hair.
The reason your hair reacts the way it does is due to weak hydrogen bonds being responsible for how the strands of hair on our head interact with each other, resulting in how our hair looks. These hydrogen bonds are broken by water and reform as our hair dries. Whatever position or shape the hair is in during the drying process is how it will stay until moisture breaks the bonds again.
Just think: When wet hair is dried in rollers, your hair is curled. If hair is pulled straight while blow drying, it dries straight. What happens if we let our hair just dry naturally as it pleases? The swelled strands stick out, and that’s how they stay until a product is used to lay them down or styling tricks manipulate them into the desired positions. Water causes frizz, and it doesn’t take much. Just a little moisture in the air is enough to break the hydrogen bonds releasing the hair from the style that some of us spent over an hour trying to perfect!
Get the right cut. Especially in summer time, consider getting a haircut that caters to your hair type. A layered cut will emphasize curls, but could result in puffier hair. An angled or slightly layered cut will remove some of the bulk. Long hair and straight cuts add the weight needed to pull down hair that would otherwise puff out. Besides it’s trendy and looks good almost on every one.
Keep hydrated: We know the thought of putting more moisture into your hair seems counterproductive, but dehydrated hair is porous and absorbs moisture quickly, if you are going to protect your hair from the effects of humidity is that the drier your locks are, the worse the harder they’ll be hit with frizzing and flopping. So the first step is to make sure your hair is adequately hydrated! Use leave-in deep conditioners at least once a week and drink plenty of water throughout the day! If you’re not much of a water drinker, try adding lemons, cucumbers, mint leaves or anything else that you might like to boost the flavour!
Using the right hair products is the key to give your hair the hydrating it needs in humid weather starting from your shower routine shampoo and conditioner. Choose a shampoo designed to fight frizz or puffiness. Shampoos are made to cater to hair types. You may come across some brands on the shelf that declare right on the face of the bottle that the prod
uct will reduce frizzy hair. Otherwise, look for the words "moisturizing," "smoothing" or "hydrating" on the bottle of your favorite brand. And same applies to your conditioner. Here are our favorites to get amazing results:
When you have finished washing your hair (ideally with a moisturizing shampoo or a shampoo with nourishing effects), finish your shower with a quick rinse of just cool/cold water. The warm water of your shower opens up the cuticles of your hair so the Cold splash will help to close down your hair’s cuticle and seal up the pores so that moisture from the air can’t get in and wreck your style.
Dry with a t-shirt: Just like with the pillowcases, the issue with towels is that they’re more abrasive than t-shirts, so it causes more breakages in your hair and absorbs extra moisture. The T-shirt is softer and therefore does less damage to our hair when it’s wet (and thus more fragile), whilst still absorbing excess moisture! It’s a game changer!
Meet your new BFF: Leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners are lifesavers- especially in hot, sticky, horrendously humid weather! Leave-in conditioners are great at restoring moisture to your hair, and what’s even better is- like the name suggests- that you don’t need to wash them out and expose your hair to the stripping elements of water! Set aside one night a week to pamper your hair and replenish its natural moisture. When buying a leave-in conditioner make sure you buy one with “anti humectant” properties for the best results.
Ditch the dryer: As we said before; your hair needs moisture so a hairdryer that constantly blasts hot, dry air onto your hair will simply dehydrate it. If you need to use a hairdryer, have it on the cool setting. Other than that, just let it air dry! Directing a stream of dry hot air at your locks will simply cause them to dehydrate and that, as we’ve established, is the last thing you want.
Use silicone based hair products: Silicone based hair products can work miracles on your hair! Applying small amounts of silicone hair balm will not only stop the outside humidity from affecting your style, but it will also seal in natural moistness! Be careful with how much you use, however, too much silicone can make your hair look greasy, heavy and lifeless! Ewww.
Sleep on satin pillows: It sounds bizarre and made up right? We tried it and it really works! Cotton pillowcases soak up moisture from your hair, and create a lot of friction when you’re tossing and turning in your sleep, which causes a lot of breakages in your hair. Satin pillowcases don’t absorb as much moisture and they also have less friction so your hair has a better chance for remaining frizz- free for the day! They’re also kind to your skin and eyelashes- an all round winner…not to mention its quite a sexy swap!
Embrace hair's natural texture. "Styling your hair wet with braid or bun is a great stylish way to look great and beat the humidity," says hairstylist Kelly Sayers. Indeed, an effortless way to avoid dealing with humidity altogether is opting for this lazy-girl hack we all love.
Over the years, I've learned one major lesson when it comes to humidity, and that is your hairstyle should be an amped-up version of your natural hair texture," says Tresemmé stylist Tyler Laswell. "What I mean by that is if your hair is pin straight, don't choose a wavy hairstyle on a humid day or vice versa; if your hair is thick and wavy, don't straighten your hair, because it will end up a poufy mess. No matter what your hair type, an awesome humidity-resistant hair spray like the Tresemmé Tres Two Climate Protection [will protect] your style from the elements."
Use a mascara wand and hairspray: Take a clean mascara wand and spray with hairspray. Gently run the mascara wand on flyaway hairs to tame that mane! A quick-fix to a pesky problem! Would be even better if When your hair is styled, coat it with a layer of satin hair spray to shield it from the humidity outside. and for the best anti humidity hair spray we strongly recommend L'oreal elnett satin spray.
So there you have it ladies, 9 incredibly simple ways to transform frizzy hair in humid weather to sleek, shiny and most importantly, healthy hair! UAE we are victorious! Have any other tips? Let us know in the comments!