Help with winter frizz!

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I need help!
I live in Ottawa, Canada, where the winters are cold and slightly humid (although you don't feel it when it's -20C outside!). My hair is very frizzy right now and I suspect it's my curl enhancer that's making it so, although it works great in summer and fall. I've tried to do a deep conditioning treatment, use an ACV rinse once a week, and a protein treatment once a week as well, but can't get rid of the frizz.

Should I be using a humectant or anti-humectant in this type of weather?
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2c/3a, m/f, iii, low elasticity, medium porosity

Mod CG since Feb 2010
It's not so much the humidity as the dew points you have to pay attention to. Typically anti-humectants work well when the dew point is below 35 or so. Right now the dew point in Ottawa is -11 even though the humidity is 38%. I had a heck of a time finding a conditioner I liked without humectants and wheat (I can't have wheat in my products), but someone told me that if I seal my hair with oil after washing but before applying styling products, that I'd be fine. I've been sealing with an olive oil based leave in conditioner and it's worked pretty well. So right now I use deva care low poo, deva care one condition (for rinse out), regis olive oil leave in conditioner, herbal essences totally twisted mousse, and aussi instant freeze gel. In the higher dew seasons, I use AG Recoil and As I Am curling Jelly instead of the mousse and AIF.
Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
Does it also feel dry? Low dews combined with products with glycerin can have disastrous results!

When does it get frizzy? While applying stylers? After it's dry?
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

Thanks for the info.

No, it doesn't feel dry. It feels nice and soft. It gets frizzy when it's completely dry. I usually wash my hair at night and dry it. Then in the morning I spritz with water until hair is very damp, scrunch in a curl enhancer, then diffuse until about 70% dry.

Of course, I'm sure that wearing a hat doesn't help, but it's -25C here, so I don't have much choice!
2c/3a, m/f, iii, low elasticity, medium porosity

Mod CG since Feb 2010
Maybe try adding some product along with curl enhancer? I live in alaska and usually I can get ok 3rd day hair but yesterday my hair was awful and it was only second day hair. I didn't apply my mousse on the second day and my hair frizzed like crazy!

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2a-2bFii NP?

Low poo: Deva Low-Poo, Jessicurl GLS, Moroccanoil Volumizing Shampoo, Aveda Be Curly
Condish: Cure Care, Redken Body Full, Deva One C, and Jessicurl Aloeba
LI: Aveda Be Curly Style Prep <3
Products: Deva FFVF & Jessicurl Spiralicious (LOVE), TRESemme Curl Boosting Mousse
Hairspray: Aussie Sprunch, TRESemme Curl
locking Spray
Experimenting with lots of products in my cabinet...

My hair loves protein, plopping, and diffusing! Trying to find a way to style and air dry.

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