Well, it’s been anoth­er sum­mer of record set­ting heat from sun­ny Cal­i­for­nia to the con­crete jun­gles of North­east. With all this heat our hair is bound to be impact­ed. It goes with­out say­ing that dur­ing the sum­mer the weath­er will be warmer but depend­ing on the day or the region you may be more like­ly to encounter dry heat or humid­i­ty. If you know the kind of heat you’re deal­ing with you can avoid a sum­mer set­back that hin­ders your hair goals. Both have their draw­backs and advan­tages if you know how your curly hair responds to cli­mate changes.


I grew up in the North­east where the sum­mers were often humid. The rea­son humid weath­er leaves your skin damp  and why many find it uncom­fort­able is because the mois­ture in the hair hin­ders the air from evap­o­rat­ing the sweat your body pro­duces. How does this work for your hair? The mois­ture in the air set­tles on your hair mak­ing it moist, maybe even damp. This can spell dis­as­ter for a straight style or even a tex­tured style that will like­ly shrink sig­nif­i­cant­ly. Because of this I try not to wear loose hair styles when the weath­er is very humid. The ends of my hair curl and become knot­ted through­out the day. I pre­fer sim­ple up dos or my sum­mer favorite, mini twists, which allows my hair to take advan­tage of the mois­ture in the air with­out the tan­gles that can lead knots and, ulti­mate­ly, a nec­es­sary trim.

I also rec­om­mend not using heavy, greasy prod­ucts when the weath­er is humid. Because of the mois­ture already in the air, a light oil or mois­tur­iz­er may be all you need to main­tain your hair’s mois­ture. Prod­ucts that coat the hair may hin­der it from absorb­ing the nat­ur­al mois­ture in the atmos­phere. It’s like wear­ing a suit into a sauna. You want your hair to ben­e­fit from the envi­ron­ment, not shield it. Remem­ber water is great for your hair!

Dry Heat

One of the best things about dry heat is that, in my opin­ion, it is friend­lier to hair­styles.  Grant­ed, you can “sweat out” a style if it’s exces­sive­ly hot but in dry heat you don’t have to con­tend with mois­ture in the air ruin­ing your hair game.  What’s the down side? Well, unlike humid weath­er, you can’t expect your hair to receive mois­ture after a walk around the block. Neglect­ing the mois­ture of your hair can leave it dry, brit­tle and prone to break­age. For the most part you need to con­tin­ue to mois­tur­ize your hair the same way you would in cold­er weath­er. How­ev­er, the heavy creams that worked in the win­ter may be too thick in warmer weath­er, espe­cial­ly since sweat­ing may cause the prod­uct to run down your neck. No fun! I rec­om­mend invest­ing in a good mois­tur­iz­er or boost­ing your exist­ing mois­tur­iz­ers and using a light oil (i.e. jojo­ba, almond) to seal your hair. I like to add a bit of aloe vera juice to a mois­tur­iz­er or sim­ply apply direct­ly to my hair before apply­ing my mois­tur­iz­er. It doesn’t weigh the hair down and it helps my hair to main­tain mois­ture.

One last word about the heat: The sun. Our hair may not be affect­ed by the sun the way our skin is but exces­sive expo­sure the sun can dry out your hair. If you’re going to be out in the sum­mer sun all day take advan­tage of a wide brimmed hat. You can pro­tect your hair and look like a diva all at the same time.

How do you cope with humid­i­ty and dry heat?


Island girl raised in the most roy­al of NYC’s bor­oughs. Proud nerd, social sci­en­tist, edu­ca­tor and recov­er­ing awk­ward black girl. When not lis­ten­ing to NPR, try­ing to grow spir­i­tu­al­ly, or detan­gling my fro, I’m search­ing for the best shrimp and grits in the Queen City.

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17 Comments on "Maintaining Natural Hair Styles in Humidity and Dry Heat"

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Redd Ravyn

How To Main­tain and Grow Fine Hair
While many women with nat­u­ral­ly curly hair com­plain of the issues too much vol­ume can cause, those with fine hair have the exact oppo­site prob­lem. Fine hair is a real chal­lenge to care for,.…..Read more at


thanks so much, great pieces of advice because I am going to move in a very humid coun­try in 2 years and I was won­der­ing how to deal with it know­ing that I live in a very dry coun­try lol…


I live in atlanta I just do pro­tec­tive styles this time of year it’s crazy humid and not worth the time to try to style


I live in the San Gabriel Val­ley. or as I like to call it Satan’s dried out nos­tril! it is an unfor­giv­ing dry heat. Not as dras­tic as Ari­zona but still very bad! It has got­ten to about 110 degrees on a good day. To keep my hair mois­tur­ized I con­stant­ly spray my hair with an 8oz mix­ture of water, laven­der essen­tial oil, pan­thenol, rose water and glyc­erin and a lit­tle hair con­di­tion­er! It does the trick in addi­tion to the L.O.C. method.


I’ve got 4c hair which just touch­es the col­lar bone (non-stretched). I had a defined braid out in the morn­ing, and some­thing else come the end of the day lol. It expands like a sponge and just los­es all def­i­n­i­tion. Won­der­ing if it’s just the nature of my hair, or if any­one can rec­om­mend some products/ideas? ‘Ive tried Eco styler and aloe vera gel, with the same results :-/

By the way, noth­ing wrong with a non ‘defined’ look, just that some­times, I actu­al­ly WANT it defined lol. If it’s not pos­si­ble, I’ll hap­pi­ly deal with the non defined stuff lol.


Your prod­ucts may have glyc­er­ine in them which is a recipe for non-defined, dry, dull hair in high humuid­i­ty.


Thanks guys!


Check if the prod­uct you’re using has glyc­erin. In humid­i­ty it frizzes hair out. I use Shea Mois­ture hair milk then seal with a home­made oil mix. I also make sure my hair is COMPLETELY dry before take down. Some­times I just spritz with water & aloe vera juice, put in a lit­tle bit of leave in con­di­tion­er, seal with my oil mix then braid it up. Just make sure your prod­uct doesn’t have any humec­tants like glyc­erin. Good in dry air, not in humid air.


maybe try ouidad prod­ucts?


Thanks, I’ll con­sid­er that!


Sor­ry that should have read dis­tilled water in a spray bot­tle, black cas­tor oil, coconut milk / Greek yoghurt as a deep con­di­tion and fol­low up with a dilut­ed Aussie moist con­di­tion­er leave in
Does any­one have sim­i­lar hair to mine that can rec­om­mend a mid week mois­tur­iz­ing cream that works
(prefer­ably with­our humec­tants)


I like shea mois­ture hair milk. Glyc­erin free and not too heavy. I spritz with water & aloe vera juice, mois­tur­ize with hair milk, seal with my own oil mix :-)


Was won­der­ing why my usu­al win­ter prod­ucts weren’t work­ing
I have 4c 12 inch hair ( when stretched)
Shea and aloe seem to make my hair shed Exces­sive­ly am
Glyc­erin and hair milks seem to make my hair very dry and knot up at the ends
My hair does­nt like coconut oil either
It does like evoo boiled and cooled water in a spray black cast­er oi

I try to research and look at videos/blogs of oth­er 4c peo­ple because you can def­i­nite­ly find at least one or two help­ful tips that will apply to your own hair. I also have 4c hair and I found that my win­ter rou­tine did NOT work once the humid­i­ty set in. I live in St. Louis so we get ALL the sea­sons. The issue for my hair? GLYCERIN. It’s great in dry air dur­ing the win­ter but when it’s humid out, it pulls in more mois­ture than the hair needs result­ing in FRIZZ. Switched to a lighter, glyc­erin-free mois­tur­iz­er and… Read more »
Haircare Today

Cer­tain­ly a fan­tas­tic piece of work … It has rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion. Thanks for post­ing this. Your blog is so inter­est­ing and very informative.Thanks shar­ing. Def­i­nite­ly a great piece of work Thanks for your work.

If you pre­fer loose styles vs braids and or twist then a thick heavy gels like Eco styler may to do the trick for hot humid days. It great­ly min­i­mizes frizz and stray hairs which are known to cause knots and such. I nor­mal­ly go for the wash n go look since it can last me for more than a week with min­i­mal main­te­nance and wash day is ridicu­lous­ly easy because once the gel is re-acti­vat­ed with water, its so slimy and slip­pery that I can fin­ger detan­gle with­out con­di­tion­er!! I can also loose­ly pull it back into a messy… Read more »

Eco Styler Gel has glyc­er­ine. In high dew points (high humid­i­ty) glyc­er­ine caus­es the hair to swell up and become frizzy and dry and dull. There is a gel at CVS that acts as Eco but has no glyc­er­ine. I think its called Super Wet w/Aloe Vera. Its like $2.99 for 33 oz.