7 Ways To Shield Your Curls Against Swampy Weather

Show the humidity who's boss.

Look, I love summer as much as the next person. You've got cocktails on the beach, backyard gatherings, movies in the park, and outdoor concerts galore. But when the humidity level rises above 80 percent, you can count me out of all of those things. Obviously, this is no way to live!

Although there is no magical cure for eliminating frizz, there are a few things you can do to keep it under control.

1. Don't fight your natural texture.

Why waste an afternoon trying to mimic those beach waves you saw on Pinterest if your hair's going to swell to three times its size the moment you step outside? Better to just embrace your natural texture.

The first step to rocking your hair in its rebellious state is to get a haircut that's suitable for your curls and choose styling products that work with your texture. This is a hard process, but very worthwhile.

2. Conditioners, leave-in conditioners, and masques are your BFFs.

Before we get to conditioner (my favorite!), here's how you should be shampooing: take a dime-size dollop of product and work it into your scalp. As you rinse, the suds will travel down the length of your hair and wash the remaining strands.

When the shampoo is fully rinsed, rub conditioner between your palms like you would a hand cream. Then, with your head upside down, rake your fingers through your hair. This helps distribute the conditioner evenly without disturbing your natural curl pattern and creating unwanted frizz. Finish with an epic hair flip and cold water rinse.

While your hair is still wet, apply leave-in conditioner in the same upside down, finger combing manner. (Avoid anything formulated with humectants.)

Don’t forget to also do a hair masque weekly or biweekly. Hydrated, healthy hair will absorb less moisture from the air than dry, damaged hair. I can’t rave enough about Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Mask.

3. Stock up on anti-humectant styling products.

Humectants are great in the dry winter months, but the humid days and nights of summer call for moisture-repelling anti-humectants (i.e. silicones, beeswax, castor oil, etc.). John Masters Organics, Aveda, and Curly Hair Solutions have some great anti-humectant styling products. Note: be on the lookout for build-up (which silicones can cause) and up your shampoo frequency if necessary.

Another frizz-reducing tip is to always apply product to wet hair. I keep my Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream and AG Re:coil Curl Activator in the shower and put them on immediately after leave-in-conditioner.

4. Do not wash and go on humid days.

Seriously, do not leave your hair wet or damp and rush out the door on a humid day. Your strands will soak up the morning dew and frizz into a big poof. Plan ahead and always check the weather. If you don’t have time to wash and dry in the morning, do so before bed and wrap your hair in a silk scarf. Or, just sleep in bantu knots.

5. Accessories are your other BFFs.

Hats, headbands, clips, bows, silk scarves, hair-ties, bobby pins, etc. are all your soul mates. Never go anywhere without two or more squared away in your purse or back pocket. You should consider it a safety measure against unpredictable climates. Besides, when you’re wearing a bow or a printed headband, it becomes the focal point and frizz fades into the background.

6. Protective hairstyles work wonders.

The more time your hair has to set, the better the results. Wearing a protective style for a few days will leave your hair feeling healthier for longer. Try wearing braids, twists, or bantu knots for a couple of days and then unravel for touchable waves/curls. You'll get even better results--and less midday frizz--if you apply a styling gel or anti-frizz serum.

7. When all else fails... bun.

Enough said. Now go outside and enjoy your summer and quit worrying about your hair.

Have an eighth or ninth tip to add to this list? How do you keep your frizz in check on humid days?