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5 Tips for Protecting Hair From Humidity

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1. Make sure hair is adequately moisturized.

The drier your hair is, the more vulnerable it will be in humid weather. Dehydrated hair absorbs more moisture in the air, which will turn your hair into a frizzball in humidity. Before heading out, make sure you've spent some time deep conditioning your hair. I like to do a DIY hair mask - a simple recipe is to mix 1/2 cup of your favorite conditioner, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 3 tablespoons of honey. Mix and apply to dry hair: you can leave it in as long as you like! I leave it in for a couple hours. Then wash and condition hair as usual. TIP: Make sure to rinse your hair in cold water after conditioning! It helps seal the cuticle and lock in moisture.

2. Let hair air dry.

Blow drying hair will only further dry your locks out, which is what we tried to avoid with moisturizing your hair! Help hair air dry faster by squeezing out as much excess water as you can and toss your hair around a little to help loosen it up.

3. Limit heat styling usage.

If you've let your hair air dry and still aren't satisfied with your look (maybe your bangs kinked up or you've got an awkward cowlick), use a small amount of heat to fix it, but keep it limited. I like to straighten my bangs a little and add 2-3 curls to either side of my head, then I'm done. It keeps your hair looking good but cuts down on the heat styling.

4. Finish style with hairspray.

A good hairspray is your best friend on humid days. It's up to you whether you choose a firm hold or not; just make sure to coat your hair evenly with a thin layer! It'll lock in your style and keep it from frizzing up. Bonus points if you use a hairspray specifically for dealing with humidity.

5. Keep hair ties on hand.

If all else fails and your hair blows up in the heat, just pull it back! Keep a miniature hairspray in your bag so you can fix any baby hairs when pulling hair up.

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