Caring for Your Natural Hair in Humidity

by Hadassah Agbaps of www.nappilynigeriangirl.blogspot.com

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 MsAliciaJames.com

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.

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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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