Weather Warning of Frizz: Expert tips to tackle humidity frizz this summer

As the summer weather heats up, so does the dreaded battle against frizzy hair. For many in the UK this struggle is all too real. Frizz can turn a sleek hairstyle into a fluffy mess within minutes of stepping outside. But why does this happen and what can we do about it?

We look at the science of frizz and tips and tricks to maintain smooth, glossy hair all summer long.


Why Do We Get Frizz?

To understand frizz, let’s delve into the structure of hair and its reaction to environmental factors. Hair is made up of keratin, a protein that forms the hair's outer cuticle. The cuticle consists of overlapping scales that protect the inner structure. When hair is healthy, these scales lie flat, giving hair a smooth appearance.

The weather significantly influences the state of your hair. For Brits, the ever-changing and often humid weather can wreak havoc on your hair. As temperatures rise so does the likelihood of frizz. In humid weather water molecules are absorbed by your hair and disrupt the hair’s hydrogen bonds, which are responsible for maintaining its structure. This disruption causes the hair to swell and the cuticles to lift leading to frizz.

Moisture Moisture Moisture!

The good news is that the more moisture your hair retains, the less likely it is to absorb humidity and become frizzy. Well-hydrated hair has its hydrogen bonds already quenched meaning it won't seek out extra moisture from the air. However dry and damaged hair becomes more porous, making it more susceptible to frizz.

Break the Cycle and Restore Hair Health

As we know hair that's been subjected to excessive heat styling, colouring, or harsh chemical treatments is often more damaged and porous. Damaged hair absorbs more moisture from the air, leading to frizz. So fixing hair health is key to reducing frizz!  Healthy hair with a smooth cuticle will naturally repel excess moisture, maintaining its gorgeous sleek appearance.

Combatting Humidity-Induced Frizz

Humidity equals a high risk of frizz, but with the right products and techniques you can keep your hair looking smooth, sleek and fabulous:

1. Start with a moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner

Locking in moisture begins in the shower. Using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner designed to combat frizz is essential. Drench hair with moisture with Thirsty Curls Shampoo and Conditioner for a more manageable, frizz-free finish and up to 72 hours hydration*. With Hyaluronic Acid and Tremella Snow Mushroom to seal-in moisture.

2. Seal in Goodness with a Leave-In Styling Cream

A good leave-in conditioner can provide an additional layer of moisture and protection. Blow Out Frizz Styling Cream helps to smooth the hair cuticle and adds a barrier against humidity. Look for products with natural oils that can help to lock in moisture without weighing your hair down.

3. The Power of Hair Oils

Hair oils are the holy grail when it comes to sealing in moisture and adding shine. The Frizz Oil™ is specifically designed to reduce frizz by up to 98% in high humidity**. This lightweight oil should be applied to damp hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends. It helps to smooth the hair cuticle, preventing it from lifting and absorbing excess moisture.

4. Embrace your Natural Texture

This summer it’s all about embracing your natural hair texture so ditch the heat tools and limit chemical treatments. When you do use heat styling tools, always use protection and apply a heat protectant like the Heat Shield Frizz Control Heat Protecting Spray to minimize damage.

5. Deep Condition Regularly

Incorporate a deep conditioning treatment into your routine at least once a week. This helps to restore moisture, repair damage, and keep your hair smooth and manageable. Look for masks that contain hydrating ingredients like shea butter, argan oil, and keratin.

6. Sleep Well

Finally swap your cotton pillowcase for slippery vegan silk or incorporate the Overnight Vegan Hair Wrap into your routine to keep friction to a minimum while you snooze. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason!

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