If you have the pleasure of being curly, then you don’t need a weatherman to tell you when it’s going to rain. Your hair lets you know first with its change in shape and texture, and the halo of frizz that begins to form around your head. But stormy days don't have to rain on your gorgeous curls parade. Here, Lorraine Massey, author of "Curly Girl: The Handbook" answers your top rainy day questions so that you can have a good day hair no matter the weather.
Why the Frizz?
Curly hair is naturally drier than any other hair type. If you use sulfate-filled shampoos, heat style your strands or receive chemical treatments, your curls will dry out even further. If your hair isn’t hydrated enough then a humid, wet day is exactly what it needs.
“When hair is dehydrated, the natural inclination of the little strands on top of your head is to literally lift up and outward to quench their thirst from the moisture in the air,” explains Massey. “These lifted hair fibers create a poof of frizz.”
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1. Cleanse Correctly
Most people shampoo and condition the top of their hair first and then apply these products to the rest of their strands. They also rinse the conditioner from this area first. “But doing it this way means that your conditioner gets washed out before it has time to do its job,” explains Massey.
Apply cleanser to the top of your head last and apply conditioner to the top of your head first. Also, rinse conditioner from this area after rinsing it from the rest of your hair.
2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The solution is to put down the blow dryer and flat iron, and condition hair often. “Once the hair fibers are sufficiently hydrated with conditioner, they will hold onto the moisture they need and the frizz will go away,” says Massey.
Don't rinse your conditioner all the way out of your curls. Leaving a small amount of conditioner in your hair will help hold that halo down.
3. Style Right for Rain
Moisturizing is probably a big part of your regular curly routine, but try to apply an extra dose of conditioner and leave-in when the weather forecast calls for rain.
“Pour a quarter-sized amount of a silicone and alcohol free gel into both hands, rub them together and gently graze it over the top layer of your hair so the cuticle will be smooth,” explains Massey.
4. Rainy Day Product Arsenal
The good news for curly girls is that today there are more products than ever that can fight frizz. A few to try:
- Redken Fresh Curls Boost Anti-Frizz Scrunching Spray Gel
- DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam
- Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse
- AG Hair Cosmetics The Oil Organic Extra Virgin Argan Miracle
- Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle
- Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine
5. Follow the Frizz Forecast
Knowing the weather report can help you style your hair accordingly so that showers don’t turn your curls into frizz. Just type your zip code and hair type into the NaturallyCurly Frizz Forecast and you’ll get weather reports and frizzy hair remedies.
6. Put it Up
- Gather all of your hair to one side of your head so that it rests on your shoulder.
- Loosely tie the hair with a ponytail holder.
- You can leave it at that or roll the ponytail backward and secure it to your head with bobby pins.
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