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How many of you have ever felt personally victimized by humidity? Living in New York with naturally curly hair (I know, why do I do this to myself?) it’s a daily reality for me to have decent-looking curls—until I step outside and Mother Nature has its way with my hair. Because I don’t enjoy looking like Monica Geller in Barbados year-round, you can bet that I’ve tried basically every product on the market and every “life hack” to fix dry, frizzy hair. And I’m here to impart my wisdom on you, because I’m generous like that. So here are some strategies and products that actually work and will give you sleek, smooth hair all summer long, even when it’s so humid outside you feel like you’re walking through a cloud. And the best part is none of these methods cost like, a million dollars because we know you’re not made of money.
1. Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Look, I know. Clean hair is great, but let’s be real, it’s a lot of work to style it every day, and by over-washing, you’re stripping your hair of natural oils it needs. If you have dry hair, it’ll be more likely to frizz up, especially if you’re also causing heat damage by blow-drying, straightening, or curling every day. In the summer, you’re probably also exposing your hair to chlorine, salt water, and sun, all of which cause drying and frizz, so try to only wash once or twice a week at most. If you need a refresher in between, get a good dry shampoo to hold you over, like Suave Professionals Natural Refresh Dry Shampoo.
2. Don’t Skip Conditioner
Conditioner is soooooo important to moisturizing your hair follicles, thus weighing it down so you don’t get swallowed alive by the humidity hair monster your dry af hair creates. Use conditioner with every wash, or if you insist on rinsing your hair every day even if you’re not shampooing, use it then too. The Suave Professionals Avocado + Olive Oil conditioner leaves dry, frizzy hair touchably soft and smooth. When used with the Avocado + Olive Oil shampoo and leave-in conditioner, your hair will stay smooth for up to three days and be protected from frizz—even in 95% humidity. Blessings.
3. Use Anti-Humidity Hairspray
To further combat frizz and keep it from ruining your blowout, spray your hair with an anti-humidity hairspray to seal it and keep it from expanding. When I lived in Texas, we used to use this horrible orange sticky gel to keep our hair from the humidity. My hair was sticky for like an entire 9 month period, but it wasn’t frizzy. Don’t be like me. After you finish styling, there are sprays like Suave Professionals Compressed Micro Mist Natural Smooth Hairspray, which is flexible and not sticky, and controls frizz for up for 48 hours.
4. Brush Your Hair Often
Hey, remember the oil that we talked about not washing out every day? That is really important to your hair health, and ensuring it’s not being taken over by frizz. Brushing your hair doesn’t just remove tangles, it also spreads the oil from your scalp to the rest of your hair, keeping your ends from drying out. If you listen to me—WHICH YOU SHOULD—and stop washing your hair every day, then you want to continue to keep the oil moving away from your scalp so you don’t look like a wet rat on day three. Brush your hair twice a day at minimum to keep it shiny and frizz-free.
So the next time you’re strolling through the hair care aisle at your drug store, don’t sleep on Suave. Just because the price point is cheap doesn’t mean the products are—the opposite, actually. Just trust me on this. Suave is one of those things that’s not too good to be true.
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Other than the fact that they are legitimate excuses to have your hair look terrible, heat and humidity are high-key life ruiners when it comes to your appearance. Blow drying your hair is the second worst activity with “blow” in the name that you’ll ever have to do, and it’s especially brutal in the summer. I’m sorry, but my 21st century attention span just cannot handle sitting still for 30 minutes unable to listen to music because a loud ass heat machine is blowing my hair beautiful. I just can’t do it. Luckily, there is a way to get away with leaving home with wet hair in the morning, and it’s called having the right products. Just make sure you leave early enough to stop at Starbs or something on the way to work so you don’t show up with dripping wet hair and an “I literally just rolled out of bed” attitude. These sprays, oils and hair masks will leave you with naturally beach looking hair without needed to use any heat tools.
Ouai Wave Spray
Jen Atkin, aka the HBIC responsible for the Kardashian hairstyles you screenshot to show your stylist, created the Ouai line to trick average betches into thinking they can have celeb hair, too. You’ll probably never come close to the perfection level of the locks of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, but for $26, you can at least try. The wave spray works for all hair types and smells sooo delushious *Chrissy Teigen voice.*
Bumble and Bumble BB Curl Defining Cream
If I was going to be stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one hair product, I’d take this. I understand that’s a bullshit scenario because nobody plans to be stranded on a island and I will never understand why we’re all so obsessed with asking each other what we’d take to be stranded on a fucking island, but you get my point. This cream is amazing. Besides creating really nice curls, it has UV filters to protect your hair from the sun and really helps the fact that once it’s hotter than 70 degrees, your hair wants to become a giant frizzball. Quick little tip, though: make sure to use a small amount. The first time I used this, I globbed a ton in my hair and it was a little too reminiscent of the crunched hair look from middle school for my taste. Less is more, betches.
Devacurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask
This hair mask is perfect for all of you granola betches who are crunchy AF but don’t want your curls to be. You probably already spent most of your money on matcha (that guy who said we aren’t buying houses and diamonds because of avocado toast obviously doesn’t know the cost of a green tea latte addiction), so why not let the obsession spread to every other corner of your life? This hair mask is vegan and gluten free, which I’m sure your roommate will be thrilled to hear you talk about for hours on end.
LUSH Sea Spray Hair Mist
Speaking of natural, vegan stuff, Lush’s sea spray hair mist is basically like taking a dip in the ocean. Except, you’re probably in a tiny bathroom in New York City instead of frolicking around some exotic island. On the plus side, it definitely smells better than actual nature does, so technically you’re the true winner here.
Moroccanoil Frizz Control
Okay not to be gross, but as I’m typing this I’m literally leaving Moroccan oil fingerprints all over my keyboard because a) my life is a mess and b) I’m obsessed with putting this shit in my hair. If you’ve never tried Moroccanoil products before, you’re probably like, an alien or something because any betch who has ever received a free sample bag from Sephora or a Birchbox subscription has had at least a packet of this in her possession at some point. Even though it’s kiiind of basic, it really works.