Humidity can wreak havoc on your hair… I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice that as soon as the humidity rises, my hair doubles in size as the frizz goes off the scale… but not all is lost!
Here are some tips to help manage the impact of humidity as well as protecting and strengthening your hair that has been coloured from the heat, humidity, chlorine damage and more.
Keep the temperature down in the shower
Yes, we all love relaxing hot showers, but cooler water helps seal your hair cuticles so they lie flat and make it glossier and more manageable.
When in the shower, also make sure to pay attention to the products you’re using in there. “It’s important to create the correct base for your hair, using a shampoo & conditioner that works for your hair type is key. For example, if you have fine hair, I wouldn’t use a heavy product that weighs your hair down and makes it difficult to manage, instead I’d opt for something like our Fine Feathers Duo which is specifically designed for fine hair,” advices professional hair salon Duck & Dry.
Invest in a microfibre towel
Regular towels can cause further damage to your hair whereas microfibre towels are softer and will help prevent frizziness. They can also help your hair dry faster.
You could try the Aquis hair towel. The woven structure of AQUIS Hair Towels and Turbans channels water away from hair cuticles, effectively stopping your hair from drowning.
Don’t forget to clarify
Product build up on the scalp is no joke. You need to help your scalp to breathe from all that product build up, sweat and dirt! Using a clarifying shampoo or a scalp scrub once a week, perhaps more if needed (but keep an eye on your hair). Build up on the hair will make it frizzy, dull, itchy and stray like. It’ll look lifeless… who wants that?
Some of our favourites include…
Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Scalp Serum
This serum is easy to apply and has an almost tingling sensation when applied: I like that you can apply this briefly before washing to prepare the scalp. This does a great job at clarifying the scalp and lifting any excess oils, dead skin cells and product build up, leaving the scalp feeling fresh. It utilises Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide and more skin loving ingredients.
Sunday Riley’s serum is available from Cult Beauty
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
If you have more greasy hair and often find yourself reaching for dry shampoo, you may have more build up than you realise. This scalp scrub from Christophe Robin is more of an intense product to really get in there and give the scalp a deep clean, but as it’s a salt base it dissolves in the water easily. It contains a natural form of sulphate, which will to help get rid of the excess build-up, leaving you feeling cleansed and light.
Christophe Robin’s scalp scrub is available from Christophe Robin
Noughty Detox Dynamo Clarifying Shampoo
Using a clarifying shampoo regularly can really help shift that build-up from the scalp and promote healthy hair so the products you use have their best chance. Detoxifying peppermint and sorrel leaf extracts help this 97% natural blend to gently cleanse, purify and remove build up, leaving hair feeling fresh and clean.
Noughty’s clarifying shampoo is available from Noughty
Use leave-ins, oils and heat protection to fight the humidity
These three will become your best friend! Dry hair in particular is more affected by humidity – so this is why you need to keep your hair protected. Leave ins and oils can help seal your strands and keep them protected from damage. Leave-ins can add moisture to your hair, as well as sealing the hair.
It’s particularly important if you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun or in the pool to use a a heat protectant. This will keep your hair sealed from damage such as chlorine and UV rays.
“A go-to anti-humidity tool is definitely a leave-in primer or conditioner; Pre-Heat-Prep is a 3-in-1 leave-in hair primer that moisturises, detangles, protects from heat, and controls frizz – everything you need to deal with humidity!” says Duck and Dry hair salon.
Moisturise your hair
Humidity pulls a lot of moisture out of your hair – so look for moisturising treatments such as masks to give your hair a boost. If your hair is dehydrated…
- It’s more porous – so may puff up more in humid weather
- It looks dull
- It’s getting frizzier than usual
By moisturising the hair, you’re protecting and surrounding the cuticle on the outside of the hair. when this is ‘compact’, hair appears glossy and shiny, and moisture doesn’t escape.
Looking for a hair mask? Try…
Flora and Curl Rose Water & Honey Molasses Moisture Mask
Love the scent of this gorgeous mask from Flora and Curl. It has a lovely slip and isn’t too rich on the hair… just leaves it feeling soft and moisturised with hair loving ingredients including Raw Sugar Molasses, Raw Honey and Marshmallow Root.
Flora & Curl’s moisture mask is available from Flora and Curl
Use hair gels and hairsprays
One of the final steps will be choosing your styling products carefully to lock in that style and protect the hair. Using hair gels and hairsprays will help smooth out your hair and provide a protective barrier to keep them in place all day long.
One top pick for hard hold gels is…
Boucleme Super Hold Styler
This is a brilliant gel when you want that super strong hold… but don’t want your hair to be weighed down either! This lovely gel helps to amplify curls while keeping them locked into place. Boucleme also pack their gels with gorgeous nourishing and hydrating ingredients to strengthen the hair and add shine too.
Boucleme Super Styler is available from Boucleme