Natural Hair and the Caribbean

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Hi everyone,

I recently relocated to St. Maarten for school and Poof (my hair) is having a difficult time adjusting to the constant humidity. Even though I'm from the Gulf Coast, which can be very humid at times, St. Maarten is literally at 100% humidity everyday. For curlies in the States and the Caribbean, how does one deal with humidity while trying to promote growth and prevent breakage?

Thanks!!
Hi everyone,

I recently relocated to St. Maarten for school and Poof (my hair) is having a difficult time adjusting to the constant humidity. Even though I'm from the Gulf Coast, which can be very humid at times, St. Maarten is literally at 100% humidity everyday. For curlies in the States and the Caribbean, how does one deal with humidity while trying to promote growth and prevent breakage?

Thanks!!
Originally Posted by ktchica2010
I've found my normal porosity strands need oil. I seal in my leave-in with an oil mix of argan, castor and jojoba, then I must use a gel.
The oil keeps my hair from swelling, the gel helps hold the style and the humid air dries it nice and soft for days at a time.
I follow this same routine for braid/twist outs I just sub out the oil for a thick pomade and use a thinner gel.

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Hi everyone,

I recently relocated to St. Maarten for school and Poof (my hair) is having a difficult time adjusting to the constant humidity. Even though I'm from the Gulf Coast, which can be very humid at times, St. Maarten is literally at 100% humidity everyday. For curlies in the States and the Caribbean, how does one deal with humidity while trying to promote growth and prevent breakage?

Thanks!!
Originally Posted by ktchica2010
Low glycerin and a prayer but I'm not sure what you mean but connecting the humidity to growth and breakage. I'm from the Bahamas so for me there is nothing I can do about the humidity so depending on how bad it was I go low glycerin and protective styling. For me it was something i had to get used to, and there was nothing I could do about the frizz when I when natural but I retained my length with low manipulative styling. Now I thank GOD I live in low humidity.
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I use glycerin on my rainy days. On sweltering days I use non glycerin leave in with gel or leave in and oils. Thicker oils seem to work better in the tropics.

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I can feel your pain especially since I live in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. To battle the weather here I use a leave in that has glycerine in it, seal, styler, and gel. Actually, a lot of my products have glycerine them which helps me fight against the humidity. I find gel is your best friend to help you with the frizz. (Ecco white) I hope this helps.
Look for products low in glycerine and definitely use a gel . HTH
I agree with ttlolla, glycerin is a disaster for me in high humidity. I'll be closely monitoring this thread because I've been trying to crack this conundrum for about 4 years!
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I also live in the Caribbean. I just use products low/without glycerin

Also, check out my thread in the Feedback section about introducing a Caribbean swap board
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