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Curly Nikki

Tips for Natural Hair Care in the Summer – Part One

By January 27th, 20218 Comments


  • Kinks says:

    I love CHARYJAY! I think she is refreshing and a great addition to the natural hair community because she is innovative and unique! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT VIDEOS, and I hope you win the Huetiful Contest!

  • Angela says:

    Thanks ladies. I live in Chicago, so its fairly moderate but with high humidity especially late in the summer. So humectants would probably work for me on moderately humid days. I've been using a sample Aveda Brilliant Humectant Pomade which my stylist recommended to increase moisture. I co-washed and sealed with a almond oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil mixture I made before applying the pomade. My hair was very soft and moisturized, but got frizzy later in the day. Anyone have any thoughts on the Aveda product before I buy the full size?

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @Angela, I'm highly porous so I pretty much steer clear of humectants all year.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @ Angela–

    from Tonya McKay


    In extremely low-humidity conditions, such as a cold, dry winter air, there is no appreciable amount of water in the air for the humectant to attract to the surface of the hair. In this particular type of climate, the best one can hope for with most traditional humectants is for them to prevent evaporation of water from the hair into the environment. Also, under these circumstances, there is some risk of the humectant actually removing moisture from the cortex of the hair itself, creating the problem it was intended to prevent.That’s why in dry climates it is important to use conditioning products which rely on strong moisturizers rather than traditional humectants. However, it is interesting to note that new humectants are being developed that perform well even in low humidity (such as hydroxypropyl bis-hydroxyethyldimonium chloride and dihydroxypropyltrimonium chloride).


    In high-humidity conditions, such as summertime in the southeastern United States or the tropics — where the relative humidity can easily reach or exceed 90 percent during the day — there is a tremendous amount of moisture in the air. This can be disastrous for curly hair. If curly hair is dry and damaged, it is very porous, and easily absorbs water from the air. In high-humidity conditions, this can cause curly hair to swell so much that cuticles are raised, making the surface of the hair very rough. These cuticles can then become entangled with cuticles of adjacent hairs and create a huge, tangled mass, which is prone to breakage. Also, curly hair swollen by excess water can lose its curl pattern, creating the dreaded summer frizz.

    Clearly, products heavy in humectants will only exacerbate problems with humidity-induced frizz. Some humectants can also develop a sticky feeling when they become saturated with water, which is certainly an undesirable characteristic for hair. Thus, in tropical and subtropical climates, it is essential to maintain well-moisturized hair that is in good condition (which will be less prone to absorbing water from the hair). But it is preferable to use products containing fewer humectants or humectants with less hygroscopic capacity.

    Due to the limitations and pitfalls of humectants in extreme weather conditions, it is apparent that these ingredients probably function best for curly-haired consumers in moderate climates, with temperatures and humidity in the medium range.

  • Anonymous says:

    nice video…….using "kimmaytube's video style" approach

  • Naturally Nita says:

    I thought this was a very informative video! I can't wait to see the rest of the series!

  • Angela says:

    Very, well done video by a truly lovely girl. But I thought humectants were better for dry seasons and climates because they attract moisture. I thought humectants can cause the hair to swell from too much moisture from the humidity and that THIS will lead to frizz?? The rule of thumb I always read was to use humectants in dry climates and winter to increase moisture, and anti-humectants to repel EXCESS moisture in the summer humidity, so your curl pattern will remain intact. Am I wrong?

  • Chocolate Mom aka Blupoetres says:

    That was great and full of so much useful information!

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