How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair in Humidity, According to Experts

We’ve all been there: our hair is styled to perfection, and it’s time to go, except it means entering questionable humid conditions. So how do you avoid frizzy hair in humid conditions?

Bustle spoke to experts like celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble; Shelley Davis, founder of Kinky-Curly; and Bridget Brager, celebrity hairstylist and spokesperson for Herbal Essences, for the best tips and tricks for fighting frizz. Turns out, there are plenty of ways to keep your hair from going from straight to frizzy, even when the humidity is through the roof.

While frizzy hair is natural (and you should embrace its beauty!), it’s also okay to want a few tips for when you want a sleeker, smoother look. Whether you’re looking for advice on the best ways to prevent frizz before it starts, or what to do if time has already taken its toll on your hair, these experts have the ins and outs to ensure your hair remain as you wish.

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1. Consider your shampoo and conditioner

Celebrity hairstylist and Herbal Essences spokesperson Bridget Brager tells Bustle that the real secret to fighting frizz starts with one of the first steps in your routine: shampoo and conditioner.

“The trick to frizz is actually your shampoo and conditioner,” she says. “Start with a good sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates – cleansing agents – tend to strip hair and its natural oils, making it brittle and brittle…and frizzy!”

Instead, Brager says to look for ingredients like aloe, which she says is “incredibly healing for the scalp – it helps condition the follicle and improve damaged skin, which in turn improves growth. hair and reduces frizz”. Other oils, such as argan, are also useful for straightening hair. Along with your shampoo and conditioner, Brager also says a weekly deep-conditioning mask can help.

2. Be gentle with wet hair

Celebrity hairstylist Nate Rosenkranz tells Bustle that getting rid of frizz once it’s already set in is pretty tough. While he recommends products like Wet Brush’s Go Green Oil-Infused Shine Brush, which uses natural oils to hydrate strands, he says how you care for your hair is a major way to prevent breakouts. frizz.

“Avoid excessive rubbing on your locks which can disrupt the texture and cause frizz,” he tells Bustle. Step 1: Be gentle with your hair when it’s wet.

“Avoid harshly drying your hair with your bath towel – instead, gently pat and squeeze excess water from your hair using a soft jersey or cotton t-shirt,” he said. “You still want to treat your hair like your favorite cashmere sweater. Taking the extra care of being delicate and gentle with your locks will reduce friction and damage, thereby reducing frizz.”

3. Apply an oil, serum or cream to your hair

Celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble says part of preventing frizz is keeping moisture out of the hair after it’s been styled. Frizz happens when your hair is dry and the cuticle is rough – and when this happens, moisture enters, causing the follicle to swell and frizz.

“If the hair has become frizzy from the humidity, you want to use an oil, serum, or cream to lock in the moisture in the air,” she tells Bustle. Kimble recommends taking an oil, serum, or cream of your choice and applying it to your already styled hair to smooth out strands. You can then revamp your ‘do as needed. Kimble recommends her Silk Smoothing Serum, which is suitable for all hair types.

4. Don’t dehydrate hair

Nuelle co-founders Dr Christine Martey-Ochola and Anne Cheatham say getting rid of frizz is all about making sure your hair is never dehydrated.

Dr. Martey-Ochola and Cheatham say that if you can’t follow a full washing routine once your hair has turned frizzy, you can try a rinse. The pair recommend wetting the hair to infuse it with moisture before gently using a tissue — as Rosenkranz recommends — to wring the hair out. Then, comb it out, apply a serum or other moisturizer, then style. Stay away from heated tools to avoid drying out the hair.

If you can’t rinse your head, the pair advise putting a serum or moisturizer on your hair before brushing it. They add, however, that you might need more product than is normally recommended because your hair will be dry. Once worked, brush gently to smooth the stem.

5. Dry your hair properly

For those who straighten their hair, how you dry it can impact the level of frizz. Celebrity hairstylist Marcus Francis recommends directing the blow dryer air downward on high heat while smoothing your hair with a brush. “The heat opens up the hair cuticle, allowing the hair’s texture to be rebuilt,” he tells Bustle. “You’re almost stretching the hair cuticle, which also smooths out frizz.” You can then work a glaze through the hair for added shine.

6. Add moisture to your hair

“The only way to fix frizz is to reapply moisture to the hair shaft with a water-based styling product and then restyle,” Kinky-Curly founder Shelley Davis told Bustle. She recommends Kinky-Curly’s Spiral Spritz and says to only spray the frizzy areas of the hair with a light coat before smoothing and reshaping the curl with your fingers. For those with curly hair, she says products such as pomades won’t help restore moisture because they coat the hair, rather than being absorbed into it, although they help prevent frizz. before they happen. She recommends sealing the hair with a as the last styling step.

Melissa R. Brumfield