How to Care for and Style Your Hair in Every Weather

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There Goes that Hair Style!

Have you straightened your hair, looking and feeling fabulous, only to step outside in the humid heat and have your hair frizz up in front of your eyes? Well, there goes that style (and money!) Just as we adapt to changing seasons by switching up our wardrobe,  we can let our hair thrive in any weather by changing out our hair products.

The key to preparing your hair for changing seasons is to understand how your hair reacts to different moisture levels in the air. Stick around to learn how to care for and style your hair by navigating changing weather and adapting your hair care routine accordingly.

Climate Types

There are 5 climate types in the world: tropical, dry, temperate, continental, and polar. These climate types are characterized by their temperature as well as the moisture levels in the air. As the weather changes, humidity levels in the air fluctuate, affecting our hair. For our purposes, we can simplify the climate types and group them like this: hot/cold and humid, and hot/cold and dry.

No matter where you are in the world, you can use these tips to prepare your hair according to the current climate at your location.

Three African American women in a tropical forest - hair style and care for any weather
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Hot/Cold and Humid

In this climate, there is a lot of moisture in the air. Our hair, which is porous by nature, absorbs the moisture in the air, resulting in frizzy hair.

Care Tips

If your hair typically dry, you may not to change much, as the moisture in the air will serve to moisturize your hair.

If your hair frizzes when there is humidity in the air, keep frizz away with hair care products with products that smooth out and close cuticles to avoid excessive moisture absorption, such as anti-humectants.

During this season it’s important to wash hair more frequently as excessively damp hair due to moisture intake may result in bacteria growth on our scalp. If you find your scalp needs a deeper clean, opt for shampoos containing tea tree, such as this tea-tree infused shampoo.

Style Tips

Styles that don’t get ruined by moisture, such as wash-n-goes, are great for humid weather. Use gels and styling mousse that give good hold.

If you opt for styles such as braid and twist outs, use an anti-humectant product to make your style last longer.

A close-up photo of three African American women in a tropical forest - care for and style hair in any weather
Photo by Jackie Parker on Unsplash

Hot/Cold and Dry

In this climate, there isn’t much moisture in the air, and air draws moisture from its surroundings including your hair!

Care Tips

  • Deep condition hair often to restore moisture lost.
  • In hot weather, when the sun is at its peak, or when outdoors for a long period, wear a hat to protect your hair from UV rays.
  • Treat dry, damaged hair with strand strengthening products containing protein, hyaluronic acid, or collagen.

Style Tips

Heat styles such as flat irons, silk press, blow outs are ideal for this weather. If you are keen on wearing your hair straight, this is a good time to do so, as there is little moisture in the hair to frizz up your heat-styled hair.

This spray will protect your hair from heat damage, and this anti-humectant is deal in keeping your styled hair intact!

While we cannot control the weather outside, we definitely can control its effect on our hair. By simply adapting your products and styles to the changing season, your hair will thrive.

To enjoy nourished hair all year round, read our article ‘Four Healthy Habits for Healthy Hair.’

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