For women with fine hair or curly, frizzy hair, summer humidity can wreck havoc on your looks. If you have fine hair, the humidity causes it to go limp and if you have curly hair, it grows frizzy.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to combat bad summer hair. Here are my favorites:
My Fine Hair Has No Body in Summer, What Can I Do?
I have loads of fine hair. My hair doesn't keep a curl, no matter how much product I pile onto it. It's even worse in the summer, when it wilts the second I step outside. So what to do?
The best thing you can do is embrace your hair's natural texture. Do not pile on products, which will simply weigh it down. Instead, figure out ways to make your straight, fine hair look good.
- Get the right haircut. Fine hair needs layers to "give it movement" (salon-speak!). If your hair is too long, your hair will only fall flatter. Cut off a few inches and add in layers and you'll have a good cut that dries beautifully.
- Use a shampoo formulated for fine hair. Creamy shampoos are too heavy for fine hair. Find out the best shampoos for your hair in Best Shampoos, Conditioners for Fine Hair.
- Make sure you're shampooing your hair correctly. Most women don't rinse their hair enough. Learn more in How to Shampoo Fine Hair Correctly.
- Invest in the right products. Use a volumizing spray or mousse. For just-at-the-beach waves, spritz on a great salt spray then scrunch hair (or make your own DIY salt spray) as it dries. See my list of the Top 15 Products for Fine Hair.
- If you have oily hair or oily bangs (the worst!), spray or sprinkle a dry shampoo at the crown and roots. It soaks up any oils or moisture. Baby powder also works on women with blonde hair.
- Pull hair back in a loose bun on the nape of your neck or if your hair isn't long enough, pull it into a cute little ponytail.
- Embrace your straight hair, and make it look more sleek with a flat iron followed by a shine serum.
- Get highlights. Coloring hair causes the strands to plump up. Lightening hair in summer actually adds body. I recommend a few highlights around the face.
The Minute My Hair Hits Humidity, It Frizzes Up
Curly hair tends to be dry hair and it tends to sops up any moisture in the air. This is why your hair is frizzier in the summer than in other seasons.
I recommend you don't fight your curls in summer by trying to straighten them. You'll lose the battle once you step outside. Instead, embrace your look and keep your hair from frizzing up by locking out the moisture with the right products.
- Apply a leave-in conditioner to ends, a silicone serum to curls and let hair airdry. Deep condition your hair once a week. See my list of the Best Products for Naturally Curly Hair.
- Let washed hair air dry. Blow-drying only causes more frizz.
- To tame frizz, you'll need the right products. Invest in a straightening balm, shine serum and gel to keep hair moisturized.
- Hide the frizz by pulling hair back in a loose bun. I swear it's sexy.
- Pull hair back in a hairband. If you pull the hair back in a band while it's damp, it's a great way to "flatten" hair at the crown, leaving the curls at your hair's ends. Later you can pull off the hairband and you'll have gorgeous body.
- Pull the sides of hair back, leaving a sort of half-up/half-down 'do, like this one. It's super romantic.
Get more tips in Frizzy Hair Fixes: 8 Rules to Live By.
One final word of advice: keep in mind that we straight-haired girls spend a lot of time trying to get your curls. What I would do to look like Keri Russell on occasion.
Help! The Summer Wrecks Havoc on My Hair Color
If you've invested money in your hair color, you should be careful in the summer. The sun, chlorine and salt water can wreck havoc on your hair color.
Here's how to protect your investment:
- Wear a hat or bandana while in the sun for long hours.
- Invest in sunscreen shampoos and products. There are many on the market, at all prices.
- Before swimming, rinse hair with tap water. This will cut down on salt and chlorine absorption. Wear a cap while in the pool.
- Salt water is super drying to hair, which is OK if you have oily hair, but not if your hair is already dry. Apply a leave-in hair conditioner to hair and pull it up into a cap if swimming in salt water. If you swim in salt water without protecting it, rinse hair immediately.