Muggy weather not only leaves you feeling hot and sticky, for some of us it leaves us with ‘humidity frizz’. An expert tells us how to avoid it
Hot, humid weather means one thing for one’s barnet: humidity frizz. Here, Peter Lux, who works with celebrities including Kylie Minogue, Naomie Harris and Emma Watson, explains how to keep things smooth.
Avoiding frizz starts the moment you’ve washed your hair
Hair has lots of tiny strands coming off it and if you rub it dry, you ruffle the surface and that creates this frizz. Instead, squeeze out water with an absorbent towel.
Don’t use old-fashioned serums
Instead, use a serum containing natural oils ). Go for one with a slightly more fluid texture so it’s not too heavy, and comb it through the hair when wet. This will build up a thin resistant coating that protects hair from the effects of humidity.
Try: Moroccan oil treatment light
Don’t blast the hair with a hairdryer immediately
If you have long hair, swing it around to one side and hold the ends in one hand while you blow-dry the top, then do the same on the other side. Holding on to the hair means it can’t fly around and become frizzier. Once you have done that, move your hand further up the hair so you can blow-dry the ends.
After drying, apply an oil spray
This is a dry oil mist. It’s not greasy, but it creates a barrier that the weather can’t penetrate. An oil product is always a good idea with afro hair because it can be drier than caucasian hair.
Try: Scwarzkopf weightless dry oil mist
The crown is where frizz is most noticeable so pay attention to it
Avoiding frizz is about keeping the hair in alignment. It’s usually only a small percentage of the hair, but it creates a halo and makes it look messy.
Invest in a natural-bristle hairbrush
Natural bristles are made of keratin, just like our hair, so they are much smoother than plastic or metal ones. Also, a natural-bristle brush doesn’t burn the hair like a metal one. It’s a miracle device.
If you put your hair up, it can’t unfollow the rules
If you’re going out in the evening after a day at work, try a rope braid. Divide the hair into two sections on the right and the left, and twist the hair in that direction each side, then wrap them around each other and secure it at the end with a hair band. When you take it out at the end of the day, you’ll have a soft wave but no chance of frizz because it’s been contained.
This article was written by Guardian fashion, for theguardian.com on Thursday 16th July 2015 15.49 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010