Caring for Your Natural Hair in Humidity

by Hadassah Agbaps of

As a natural based in Nigeria, I am constantly faced with sometimes unwanted natural phenomena such as:

- frizziness
- dryness
- single stranded knots and splits
- shrinkage

Nigeria is an African country situated in the tropical belt. The weather is for the most part hot and humid and the sun beats down mercilessly on my fine, type 4, highly porous natural hair.

Sometimes it gets my hair confused. On one hand, the humidity and heat act as a steamer for my hair, on the other hand, the midday sun dries it all up!

So, how do I cope with this?

Here are my personal tips for maintaining my natural hair in humidity.

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Fight the Frizz or Go with the Fro?- The Deets on Anti-Humectants

by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

As the weather gets warmer naturals are finally letting go of their protective styles and being free with their hair. Wash n’ gos, twist outs, braid outs, bantu knots outs – you name it, it’s out!

And while we’ve done away with our winter hibernation styles and embraced the freedom of summer, there is a common issue that seems to come up time and time again.

Another “F” word that for some is not the desired style. That word is FRIZZ.

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Tips for Softer Summer Curls

Let's face it -- no one ever in the history of hair has gone on record raving about the having luxurious, parched tresses.

Dry, crunchy, crispy hair isn't cute.

I'm not talking about gel casts from styling products that you can easily scrunch out with a dab of oil or serum, I'm talking about inherently dry, dehydrated, borderline tumbleweed hair. With summer in full swing, soft hair is a must. Check out these 6 tips for super soft hair this summer:

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Curly Hair Tips for Spring & Summer Humidity

Tonya Mckay writes;

As we move into spring and summer — our favorite seasons for fun outdoor activities — we face challenges with our curly hair that are unique to the climate and activities.

There’s no denying that the change in seasons can be tough on our hair care routines. Products and processes that were working so well suddenly seem to have the opposite effect. Often, at the heart of these issues is a change in the environmental moisture content (humidity). High humidity is especially harsh on curly hair.

The reason for its susceptibility to humidity fluctuations lies in the physical structure of curly hair. Straight hair, undamaged by environmental or treatment factors, has a protective outer layer of cuticle scales that overlap and lie fairly flat against one another. Curly hair, even in very good condition, is much more porous because those cuticle scales do not always lie flat. This porosity allows more water to migrate out of curly hair into the environment in dry weather (not good), and also allows more moisture from the environment to migrate into the cortex of the hair strands in humid weather (also not good).

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Maintaining Straightened Natural Hair

by Alicia James of

The truth is... fighting humidity is a pointless fight. When the moisture from the air hits your hair, the hair immediately starts to expand and shrink. Unfortunately, some more than others.

I live in a climate that is very humid. As someone who uses heat regularly I have learned a few strategies on maintaining my heat stretched hair.


The Right and Wrong Way to Use Glycerin for Hair

It seems that naturally curly folks have a love/hate relationship with glycerin. There is a lot of information, and misinformation, about this seemingly simple substance. I thought I’d shed some light on the chemical makeup of glycerin and how it affects curly hair specifically.

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Mineral Oil for Reducing Frizz and Damage in Natural Hair

by Ktani

Curly hair, and African-American hair in particular, can be dry. Products aimed for the latter used to contain not only mineral oil, but petrolatum, lanolin and sometimes vegetable oils. Petrolatum is greasy and contains wax; lanolin is a greasy, sticky wax and both can be hard to remove from hair without clarifying.

Cosmetic (USP/BP) mineral oil used on its own can enhance curls, seal in moisture and can be removed easily and completely with one wash with sulfate-free shampoo or conditioner only, when used in small amounts. It is a non-drying oil, not a liquid wax like jojoba oil. A drying oil can leave “a dry, hard and tough film” on hair and have environmental consequences as well.

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The Science of Frizz- Nature or Nurture?

Most curly-haired people have considerable personal experience with frizz. It is notorious for being an intruder on school picture days, job interviews, special occasions, outdoor events, and first dates. Its appearance can turn a good hair day into a ponytail day in a surprisingly short amount of time. Many a woman, when faced with rain, fog, or hot and humid weather, has suffered the sensation of her hair growing larger, coarser, and more unruly by the moment. Although much of the wisdom about the prevention of frizzy hair gives the impression that only overly dry or damaged hair is susceptible to the phenomenon, anecdotal experience definitely indicates that certain hair types are simply more prone to frizz. This can be especially discouraging if you are one who seems to always be fighting frizz, even when your hair is very healthy. So what makes certain hair types more likely to suffer from frizz, and what, if anything, can be done to minimize it?

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Humectants, Weather and Hair Care Part 2

by Susan Walker of Earthtone Naturals

As a review of last week’s post we found that the state of your hair relies on a few things, and a very important factor is moisture. Weather can strongly influence the condition of your hair with conditions of high moisture and low moisture having various effects on the hair. Furthermore, specific ingredients like humectants can be detrimental if not used properly in extreme weather conditions. The amount of humidity in the air can be assessed by using the dew point. The higher the dew point, the more moisture in the air; the lower the dew point, the less moisture there is. You can determine the dew points for your area by checking out various weather channels or online.

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Humectants and Natural Hair Care- The Ultimate Guide

Maintaining Natural Hair in Humidity- Silicone or Coconut Oil?

via TheBeautyBrains

CYW says…I have curly colored hair. I was wondering if silicon serum or coconut oil would be best for fight frizz? Or is there a third product I should consider in this nasty humid weather.

The Beauty Brains respond:
You raise a very interesting question and one that we have never seen addressed in the technical literature. However we can still give you our best guess.

Silicone coating vs coconut oil penetration
One way of fighting frizz is to waterproof the hair so it won’t absorb moisture which causes the fibers to bend and twist. Silicone and coconut oil are both good waterproofing agents although their mode of action is very different. Silicone coats the hair forming a barrier which prevents water from penetrating while coconut oil penetrates inside the cortex where it waterproofs from the inside out.

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Glycerin – Check Your Ingredients

by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChic

So it’s officially summer people! Although my air conditioner has been pumping nonstop for almost a month now and the shorts and maxis have already made their debut, the calendar says today is the official kick off. While many naturals are turning to Havana twists and box braids for refuge this season, others are total rebels and prefer to let their hair run wild and free. It is important to remember that the way you cared for your tresses during the Spring will probably not suffice if you live in a climate where relative humidity is in full effect. If you find yourself wondering why you’ve done everything right and your hair still falls prey to the big bag humidity wolf, start by checking the ingredients on whatever product you are using; if you see glycerin, step away from the product during humid weather conditions. To be fair, some people do fine with glycerin no matter what the dew point but this is a good place to start if you are having issues.


Humidity Schumidity – You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

by Julia-Anne of Three Naturals 

I recently got back from a fabulous two-week vacation to my island home – St. Lucia (with a quick hop over to Barbados for a wedding – shout out to Charm & Tunde). I didn’t really give any thought at all to how I would style my hair in St. Lucia, because I figured for one thing… “who cares?, I’m on vacation!” and “I’ll do what I normally do”. I packed a couple 1 ounce containers of our Three Naturals Shea Butter mix, and off to the races wit’ that.

The night before we flew out, I spritzed my already blown out hair (I had blown it out about a week and a half prior) with water, smoothed in some shea mix and braided it in about 12-15 braids, planning to take them out in the morning. When the morning came, I figured I could put the braids up in one, let them set a little more and take them out at the airport or on the flight. I didn’t want the terrible Toronto summer humidity to get to my braid-out and then get to St. Lucia looking all puffy and crazy.

I took the braids out while waiting in the departure lounge for the boarding call and ended up with what was probably one of the best braid outs I have ever had. No, I didn’t take a picture…but it looked something like this, only longer, because it was blown out:

All the way to St. Lucia…perfect hair. And as soon as we landed – this:

Can you say humid? Steamy? Watery air?

This happened as soon as I stepped off the plane. But do you know…after the horror of it died down, a few days into the trip I thought, maybe it was just humid that night. I’ll try again. So two days later on the eve of my birthday, I braided it up again. The next evening…

Not bad…this is at the door of our hotel room. I’m about to step outside…elapsed time: approx. 1.5 minutes to get to the restaurant, poolside…

And several moments later…

Hard to see so I drew a nice pink outline around my hair for ya.

So what have we learned girls?

It wasn’t just an odd night the first time…Pretty much every night’s a humid night on the island.
What we call humidity up here in the good old North is a gentle moist caressing of our hair, compared to the rain shower of invisible water that affected my hair in St. Lucia

And the moral of the story is…I will never complain about humidity again (now that I know what it really is).

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