Humidity Proof Hair
Someone asked me if I had a blowout on a particularly humid day recently when I had actually done my own hair. Since it’s been two years since my last hair care post, I thought the height of summer might be a good time to help you humidity proof your hair as well.
I was talking to a stylist recently about frizz. She said that it happens because dry hair is looking for moisture from the air. Humidity proof hair begins with well conditioned and healthy hair. I have been using Fekkai Haircare for longer than I can remember. I switch between the pink Fekkai Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner and the blue Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo and Conditioner. I also love the Shea Butter Mask and all the masks. Pantene 3 Minute Miracle is another inexpensive conditioner that helps hydrate hair incredibly well.
On the advice of the internet, I tried Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 after a recent highlights appointment left my hair feeling very dry. Some people rave about the once a week treatment but I’m still on the fence. I thought it left my hair feeling gunky even thought you shampoo and condition afterward. I happened to pick up Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt and tried it for the first time on Sunday. It’s my absolute new favorite product now. It’s a deeply cleansing detoxifying shampoo that cleaned all the product buildup out of my hair and left it super shiny and soft. You do need to use a very moisturizing conditioner after but even days later my hair still feels clean and bouncy. I will definitely use this product once a week now.
Christophe Robin has a lot of amazing products in his line and another one I love is Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Mask. It’s a nourishing and color revival mask that enhances your color and highlights and comes in ash brown, baby blonde, golden blonde, chic copper, and warm chestnut. I use golden blonde and it really brightens up my color in between highlight appointments and is very hydrating.
Another product I’ve been using forever is Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm that helps smooth down my hair when I blow it dry.
As I’ve mentioned before, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is the Rolls Royce of hair dryers. It helps dry your hair in less time without damage. If you hate pink, it now also comes in nickel and silver options.
I use a Vent Brush on wet hair and to initially blow dry my hair quicker.
After my hair is a little dry, I switch to a natural bristle R+Co Large Round Brush to help smooth my hair and curl the ends. Natural bristles are less damaging to your hair and when your hair is healthy, it’s less likely to frizz.
After I blow dry, I smooth Moroccanoil Treatment in Light over my hair to help smooth it down and protect it from further heat styling.
My hair is very thick and has a lot of natural wave. It blows out easily but on humid days, I will flat iron it with the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron to give myself a running start against frizz. This is the best one I’ve ever used and it allows you to change the temperature settings.
I’m really terrible at curling my hair which is all the rage these days. After a recent hair cut where my long time stylist decided to thin out my hair which made it unmanageable, I decided to try again. The Hot Tools Curl Bar has made it so much easier since you don’t have to keep your arm up in the air. It also lets you adjust the temperature so you don’t burn your hair. (On a side note, thinning out my thick hair never works because it makes me look like I need a haircut. Even though I’ve told my stylist this for 15 years, he loves doing it so if anyone has a good stylist on the Upper East Side or Flatiron area, please let me know. I think it’s time for a break up.)
Since I work from home, I have the luxury of not being in a rush to style my hair to get out the door to work. Sometimes, I’ll sit with velcro rollers in my hair to add smooth volume while I return emails and work on blog posts. These Self-Grip Rollers are great because you don’t need those clips that always seem to disappear.
Another product in my frizz fighting arsenal is Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade. It’s “a satiny pomade that repels moisture from your hair, helping to prevent frizziness and flyaways.” But a little goes a long way. I just use a touch around my hair line and on dry ends.
As soon as I read that Catherine Deneuve loved this Christophe Robin Intense Regenerating Balm with Rare Prickly Pear Oil to smooth down flyaways, I immediately ordered it. At first it was really hard and waxy but as it’s melted a little, I feel like it’s easier to use. I use it for flyaways and dry ends and it smells lovely.
I don’t use all these products every day but I like having them on hand for when I need them. Another brand I love is Serge Normant. The celebrity stylist knows what he’s doing and I especially love the Meta Sheer Dry Oil when my hair looks a little dull.
The hands down best humidity fighting product that every women should own is Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humid Spray. It was tested in Miami and helps preserve your hair even on the most sultry day. Buy the large size for home and the small size for your bag and traveling.
Ouai is a line I’ve never tried but I’m ordering these Ouai Anti-Frizz Smoothing Sheets to see if they help too
Mason Pearson Brushes are amazing for smoothing your hair into a ponytail.
I had an aesthetician mention that she never saw me with roots. This Madison Reed Root Touch Up is the reason. Every time I see journalist Cynthia McFadden on television with two inches of roots, I wish someone would tell her about this product.
I’m a clean hair girl but on the days that I don’t wash my hair, I love this Drybar The Morning After Shower Cap. The terry cloth lining helps keep your hair smooth while showering.
When the humidity is beyond bad, you can just pull it back in a clip or you can take it to the next level with this black Silk Satin Bow Hairclip.
The half-up half-down hair style is one I love and this Brushed Gold Barrette elevates the chicness.
Hope these products and tips help you fight the humidity this summer. And if all else fails, you can always throw on a hat.