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Easy ways to humidity-proof your hair

Monsoon is here and along with warm fritters and long drives come the not so great things like frizz. Fortunately, there are easy ways to humidity-proof your hair so you don’t have to worry about how it looks all day.

Fashion & Beauty By Ariba Khaliq / Jul 27, 2015

Fighting the frizz

As soon as monsoons begin, we dread having the not so great hair days. But, there’s no need to spend the muggy season indoors for we have brought some expert tips to make sure your hair looks fabulous regardless of the humidity in the air. The war against frizz may not be easy, but our sturdy tips to humidity-proof your hair will help you win the battle.

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Know how humidity affects your hair

Almost all hair type are negatively affected by humidity, causing it to frizz up or droop and fall flat or be a combination of both. Hair is made up of three layers with the cuticle being the outermost protective layer. Imagine cells of the cuticle like they were a shingled roof. When the cuticle lays smooth and flat, frizz doesn’t occur, but as soon as the cuticle becomes rough, it allows moisture in the hair shaft to swell and create frizz.

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Humidity can increase damage

Not everyone knows that humidity can make hair susceptible to damage, just like a chemical treatment would. Moisture in your hair doesn’t cause damage, but that in the air makes hair susceptible to breakage when you brush, comb or pull your hair into a ponytail. Excessive humidity and moisture going in and out of the hair causes stress, which leads to breakage.

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Prevent hair from falling flat

Get a haircut with layers, which naturally add movement and bounce and eliminate weight at the ends. You should also go for a professional-grade, sulphate-free, and salt-free volumizing shampoo and conditioner, which will gently cleanse and condition hair while providing a weightless body and fullness.

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Avoid excessive frizz

Use a product that will prevent fluctuation of moisture movement from in and out of the hair. Steer clear of over-styling and over-washing to keep your hair in good condition. The healthier your hair is, the less frizzy it is. Damaged hair is more prone to absorbing moisture and frizzing prematurely.

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Find the right serum

If you’ve thick, coarse or unruly hair, serums are your best friends. Almost all serums are made of silicones and they work by placing a heavy layer on the surface of hair that causes it to lay down smooth. But, the downside of silicones is that they can make your hair weigh down and dirty, leading to frequent washing and styling. You could go for oil-free, silicone-free serums that are effective in blocking humidity and thereby, cut down on styling by 40 percent.

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Keep washing to a minimum

Harsh sulphates and salts in your shampoo can make your hair dry. They rough up the cuticle and strip hair of natural oils, thus causing frizz. Select a sulphate-free and salt-free formula that is super gentle on your tresses and mildly cleanses, leaving hairs’ cuticle intact. You could use a protein-rich conditioner for ideal hair texture and thus, lessen the chances of frizz.

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Humidity also has benefits

In terms of embracing texture, humidity works great. If you like sleek hair, which is in-trend right now, humidity, could work in your favour. You can style your hair without worrying about fly-aways and loose strands. Go for cool textured braids this season and humidity will complement your hairstyle.

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