The weather forecast in New York City this week consists of a mix of rain, thunderstorms, and temperatures teetering between 75 and 80 degrees. It’s the type of weather that will leave you feeling sweaty and sticky before you even walk out of the house, and your hair simply doesn’t stand a chance.
Humidity and frizz go together like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen—you just can’t have one without the other. As I type this, my own hair seems to be poofing out by the minute, and what started as a straight, sleek blowout now looks like a weird, dry static-y mess. Needless to say, it ain’t cute. And since the “June Gloom” that’s currently hitting the atmosphere right now doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon, I turned to the pros to find out what I could do to help the cause.
“Moisture brings out natural texture,” says Melissa D’Avenio, a stylist at Antonio Prieto Salon, adding that the curlier your hair is, the more likely it’s going to frizz out. “A lot of people don’t know how to control their texture, and uncontrolled texture leads to frizz.”
She suggests turning to anti-humectant products, like Kerastase Fluidiste Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo ($33) and Fondant Fluidealiste Conditioner ($44), to help combat that pesky puffiness. “Preventing your hair from freaking out in this kind of weather starts in the shower,” adds celebrity colorist Rita Hazan. Her best tip? Use a treatment, like the Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy Treatment ($42), in the shower once a week, and then towel dry your hair with a microfiber towel. “This will help prevent breakage while getting as much moisture as possible out of your hair,” she explains.
As far as styling products go, look for something with a little bit of extra weight on it that will allow you to control your texture, à la a hairspray, mousse, or curl cream. “If you’re going to wear your hair natural, put these products in when your hair is mostly wet, and scrunch them in—you don’t want it too dry because it’s going to make it sticky, depending on the product you’re using,” says D’Avenio. If you’re going to give yourself a blowout, use an anti-humectant serum or cream with heat protection before blasting your hair with the drier. And be sure your hair is completely dry before you leave the house, because as Hazan puts it, “any additional moisture in the hair will be sure to frizz up as the day continues.”
Even with all of these tips and tricks, though, both pros admit that there really isn’t a totally foolproof way to fight off frizz. “The moisture is in the air, and it’s going to affect your hair,” she says. So your best bet, especially if you’re a curly girl? Embrace that natural texture until autumn.
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