By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Sum­mer offi­cial­ly arrived over a month ago and so did the humid­i­ty in var­i­ous parts of the world. What does this mean for those who are tran­si­tion­ing or nat­ur­al? Well, it could mean unwant­ed rever­sion, shrink­age, and frizz. You can, how­ev­er, reduce these effects by fol­low­ing the tips below:

1. Use a smoothing or glossing serum.

Dime­thicone and dime­thiconol are among a group of sil­i­cones that are not sol­u­ble in water. These sub­stances coat the hair strand cre­at­ing a bar­ri­er against humid­i­ty. If your hair fairs fine with sil­i­cones, then use a serum con­tain­ing dime­thicone or dime­thiconol in order to reduce rever­sion, shrink­age, and frizz. Apply the serum to a fresh set of twists or braids or onto your loose style (e.g., twistout or braid­out). Do you want a prod­uct rec­om­men­da­tion? Some women swear by FX Silk Drops Hair Serum for bat­tling humid­i­ty.

NOTE: Because these par­tic­u­lar sil­i­cones do not dis­solve in water, they can lead to buildup with con­tin­ued use over time. Be sure to wash your hair with a sham­poo con­tain­ing any of the fol­low­ing sur­fac­tants in order to pre­vent this buildup: ALS, ALES, SLS, SLES, cocami­do­propyl betaine, or coco­be­taine. Fol­low up with a good deep con­di­tion­er to restore the mois­ture to your hair.

2. Run from styling products that contain humectants.

Humec­tants (e.g., glyc­erin, propy­lene gly­col, and sor­bitol) draw mois­ture from the sur­round­ing envi­ron­ment. When applied to the hair, which is then exposed to humid­i­ty, these sub­stances can lead to rever­sion, shrink­age, and frizz. In order to reduce these effects, avoid mois­tur­iz­ers, gels, and leave-in con­di­tion­ers that con­tain humec­tants. How­ev­er, if your hair will suf­fer from lack of these prod­ucts, then do not change your rou­tine. It is bet­ter to put healthy hair care before an anti-humid­i­ty tech­nique any day.

3. Protective style.

In my tran­si­tion­ing, and now nat­ur­al days, pro­tec­tive styling was and still is my num­ber one weapon against sum­mer humid­i­ty (in addi­tion to the use of a smooth­ing serum). My go-to styles are twists or braids because rever­sion becomes a non-issue. Addi­tion­al­ly, shrink­age and frizz are min­i­mized and eas­i­er to embrace in such styles. Oth­er pro­tec­tive options include buns, updos, corn­rows, flat twists, and braid exten­sions.

4. Work close to your texture.

Some ladies enjoy wear­ing their hair out dur­ing the sum­mer, espe­cial­ly if they have spent the rest of the year in pro­tec­tive styles. How­ev­er, this can be an invi­ta­tion to the unwant­ed effects of humid­i­ty. One way to min­i­mize these effects is to “work close to your tex­ture” via braid­outs, twistouts, straw sets, or rod sets. These styles are less like­ly to be ruined by the humid­i­ty than straighter styles (e.g., a blown-out fro) that are fur­ther from your actu­al tex­ture.

5. Embrace your texture.

Anoth­er way to man­age your hair in humid weath­er is to sim­ply “embrace your tex­ture”. What does this mean? It means wear­ing your hair in its nat­ur­al state (e.g., a wash-n-go). Rever­sion and shrink­age are no longer prob­lem­at­ic but ful­ly accept­ed when you wear your nat­ur­al coils, kinks, or curls. Humid­i­ty is no longer feared but wel­comed in this state.

Those with medi­um to long hair, espe­cial­ly those with kinks or tighter coils, should pro­ceed with cau­tion. Wash-n-gos can cre­ate an envi­ron­ment con­ducive to tan­gles and knots. If you do have medi­um to long, kinky hair and would like to exper­i­ment with wash-n-gos, there are a few ladies worth watch­ing on Youtube who are suc­cess­ful­ly wear­ing these styles on sim­i­lar hair tex­ture and length.

6. Wear a scarf or headband.

Scarves and head­bands are very much the trend this sum­mer, and they can be use­ful for dis­guis­ing hair that has suf­fered the effects of humid­i­ty. Opt for those made from silk or poly­ester (more specif­i­cal­ly, the satin weave), which are both gen­tler on the hair than cot­ton. Also choose soft, wide head­bands, which can dis­guise the hair bet­ter than thin, hard ones.

How do you man­age your hair in humid weath­er? Share your tips!


Empow­er­ing women of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin.

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I have dense, frizzy, and nat­u­ral­ly curly (kinky in the humid­i­ty) hair. It’s very long and very hard to brush with­out help. The Shielo Leave in Pro­tec­tant does the trick and has saved me a lot of pain and dis­com­fort. It tames the frizz and makes it much, much eas­i­er to brush when wet. I can even comb it when wet with­out any prob­lem. Just sayin’.…

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Im thank­ful for the arti­cle post.Really look­ing for­ward to read more. Want more.


Coconut oil. Rub a lil bit of that on your hands and then onto your hair! Its a nat­ur­al anti-humec­tant. :)


I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with a tech­nique that com­bines 4 and 5 to bat­tle humid­i­ty, the twist/bun-out. I pull my wet hair into two afro puffs, then twist the hair in the puff into medi­um size twists. Leave in until com­plete­ly dry. The result looks like a stretched wash and go with curly ends and I can get 2–3 day hair with­out frizz (as opposed to 1–2 day hair).


I hon­est­ly dont mind frizz, I think it looks fly on curly hair :-)

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I find seal­ing with a Ani­ta GRant CReamy Cafe Lat­te the night before and braid­ing my hair keeps the frizzies at bay if wear­ing a braid out.

When i wash n Fro i use aHerbal Essence Hel­lo Hydra­tion and Olive Oil Eco Styler and that works for me.