A little rain can be good for the hair — if you take care of the frizz.
We asked curl-centric stylists for their best no-frizz tips for the rainy spring season ahead. The damp air from spring showers can actually bring bounce back to your curls — but only if you’re able to fend off frizz.
Although some differ in their approach, the goal is the same: find a way to make the spring dew work for you rather than against you.
1. Essential Oils
Chaz Dean, celebrity stylist and founder of Wen Hair & Body Care products and Chaz Dean Studio in Hollywood, CA, suggests using a product with essential oils as a leave-in treatment for unruly tresses. His product line includes cleansing conditioners, styling cremes and texture balm (all containing plant and fruit extracts), as well as three bath, body and hair oils: tea tree (especially for sensitive, dry or flaky scalps), fig and sweet almond mint.
“It’s cold-pressed oil that helps penetrate into the hair to where it’s not greasy,” Dean says. “The oils are used directly on the scalp as a treatment and to help stimulate healthy hair growth, especially in the months we’re approaching.”
Ethan Shaw, a stylist at Anne Kelso Salon in Austin, TX, suggests carrying a spray bottle with an essential oil as a time-saving tool to prevent frizzy hair and perk up droopy curls on the second or third day.
“I like tea tree oil, and you can mix it with water," Shaw says. "The oil is light enough that it’s not going to make your hair feel oily, and just heavy enough to give you a little more control than just water would."
He recommends the Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion. You can also create your own product by filling an 8-ounce spray bottle with water and half an ounce of tea tree oil.
"It’s great when you’re on the go," he says. "And if you’re really trying to fight the humidity, for some types of curly hair, that’s going to give a firmer hold.”