humidity dropping to 30% = problems

I live in a mild coastal climate with dews always 40-45 , occasionally more or less but pretty much the same year round. Normal humidity is 79-100%. Using the products listed in my signature, my hair looks great then. I start having problems when humidity is 60%. At 30%, I loose curl , volume and get frizzy, more limp. What can I do when the humidity is lower? Butters and oils mess things up more. Strong holding gels make my fine, thin hair stringy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. It is so weird, my hair knows when the rain is coming before I do; it actually springs back to life!
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Where do you live where the dew point is 40-45 all year?

How does your hair feel at the lower relative humidity? I see how you've said it looks, but that leaves a couple of options, so I am wondering how it feels.

ETA: I looked at your profile and I see that you're in Seattle. Your dews are around 50 for the next two days, and the whole weeks looks like perfect hair weather.

Do you think there may be a non weather related issue causing the hair changes? Your humidity levels that I have seen this week (looking online) look pretty ideal.
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Last edited by redcelticcurls; 05-19-2009 at 11:13 PM.
Hi Heather -- I'm surprised you use KBB Milk as a leave-in. My hair is fine (but porous) and it lengthens/stretches my curls too much to use as a leave in. I'm glad you appreciate your Seattle weather, it makes me jealous when ppl complain about humidity, I'm like "I'll take it anytime! Please!!" The grass isn't always greener. Low humidity can be just as much of a PITA as high can!

My fool-proof clumper/curl enhancer is a mixture of KCCC/BRHG in wet hair and a mixture of Aloe/BRHG in dry or damp/2nd day hair. Try it and let me know if it works for you. Aloe is great because it somehow attracts just enough moisture to enhance the curl without going overboard like glycerin can.
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I live on the other coast and like you humidity is almost always high. Dewpoints haven't made any difference but there was a couple week period this winter when the humidity dropped way down below 30% and my hair was very flat and limp.

I did a protein treatment, based on some help from rcc , when that happened and my hair rebounded. I used K-Pak.
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I've lived in places with both extremes: low humidity in the teens and high humidity ranging from 95-100%. My hair cannot tolerate alot of oils or butters. In fact, the less of them the better. Like you, gels can sometimes make my hair limp or yucky-feeling.

Sometimes the climate change can reveal the true condition of your hair, such as needing more protein or moisture. Or the extreme change can deplete your hair of protein or moisture.

For the low humdity (30% for you), the following routine actually helped me:

1. Hot oil treatment prior to shampoo or low poo.

2. Low poo or shampoo afterwards.

3. If you need a protein treatment, actually use raw egg on your hair for 20 minutes, then shampoo or low poo.

4. Deep condition with heat. This heat can be your body heat or from a bonnet.

5. Rinse off the conditioner with cool water. Follow-up with a leave-in conditioner. Then style.

For high humidity, I definitely make sure that I have enough protein in my hair. Depending on the moisture level, I also deep condition. But I always use a leave-in, but not necessarily a styling product. With the high humidity, it's too heavy on my hair. So, I place my hair in twists, buns or other protective hairstyles. When the weather is conducive to my hair, I then wear it down. HTH
I guess I am doing the right things; oil treatments, protein DT ( I need to find a good one), moisture DT. Maybe I need to go back to using AO GBP ( any other good protein/moisture conditioners???) on days with the sudden drop. I use KBB milk sparingly and not every day. I have been experimenting with glycerin since the dews are high enough; today with dews 44 and 42% humidity my hair should have been not so great but it did better but I also use Komaza Aloe conditioner which is very moisturizing and my hair feels like it needs moisture esp. with lower humidity. Thanks everyone!
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