Humidity: even thinking the word seems to make our strands frizz up. Though moisture-heavy air may do wonders for our skin (there’s a reason why we sleep with a humidifier on during the colder months), it tends to turn our hair into a style that can only be described as Carrot Top-esque. Fortunately, we have a couple tricks up our sleeve—keep reading to see how to keep your strands sleek, shiny, and frizz-free this summer!
Shampoo may make your hair feel squeaky clean, but it can also dry out your your scalp’s natural oils—in other words: frizz city. Every other time you wash your hair, try skipping shampoo, or using half of what you would normally use. Or, go double-duty and use a shampoo that conditions as it cleanses, then apply your normal conditioner only to your ends.
To keep your strands looking sleek and shiny, give yourself a deep conditioning treatment once every week to fight off pool and sun-induced dryness. Apply a conditioning hair mask to your strands (we love the Gold Lust Transformative Masque ($62) by Oribe and the Oat Replenishing Treatment ($13) by Weleda) and cover your hair with a shower cap—this will trap the heat in from your shower and allow the formula to better penetrate your hair. After a few minutes, just remove the cap and rinse for soft, shiny locks.
What you do immediately after your shower is vital to keeping frizz at bay. First, make sure you dry your strands with a t-shirt—here’s why. Next, apply a serum, like L’Oréal Professionnel’s Absolute Repair Lipidium Double Serum ($26), if you have straight and wavy hair, or mousse, like Alterna’s Bamboo Weightless Whipped Mousse ($22), if you have curly hair, through your damp strands. This will protect your strands from your blow dryer, and will also lock in all of the product’s smoothing benefits while your hair is still wet. Next, choose a dense brush with varying bristles and tilt the nozzle of your dryer down for a smooth, sleek blow dry.
The final step? Seal everything in. It’s crucial that your hair is completely dry before you leave the house—any signs of moisture will immediately cause your strands to puff up at the first sign of humidity. Keep humidity out by spritzing your strands with a sealing spray, like Joico’s Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray ($18), Oribe’s Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray ($29), or Ouidad’s Climate Control Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Taming Shine Spray ($22). These sprays will create a barrier between your hair and the humid air outside, leaving you with shiny, silky strands.
And if you find yourself with a case of the mid-day frizzies, we have a solution for that too. Your secret tool? Clear mascara (try Great Lash Clear ($6) by Maybelline). This was a trick we picked up from celeb hairstylist Rob Talty: Instead of weighing your hair down with heavy oils, tame flyaways and frizzies around your root area with a clear mascara wand instead. Just brush, smooth, and go—so simple, we’re almost mad we didn’t think of it ourselves.
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