The 10 day forecast in my neck of the woods includes just about every adjective used by the Bureau of Meteorology.
We’ll have a numerous surprise showers, a bit of sunshine, a bunch of clouds, and up to 91% humidity.
I had planned to put my hair into hiding all week – it’s thin and fine, and tends to go crackly when the weather is hot, flat when it’s wet, and frizzy when it is humid.
Extreme weather hair solution
A good week for hats, ponytails and headbands, and a great week for ducks.
Yet, I stumbled across some clever tips for irrational weather from Jet Rhys, colourist and co-owner of a salon in San Diego, CA.
Whether you live in Sydney, Seattle, or Singapore, rainy days can dampen even the best styling plans.
Avoid using styling products like waxes and gels, as hair will immediately flatten and become sticky if it comes into contact with droplets of moisture.
Prevent a hair meltdown by using a cream-based, leave-in conditioner (not oil-based), or try a lightweight styling spray.
An emergency hair kit could also come in handy, suggests Rhys.
Keep a little pouch in your purse with a mini brush, hair elastics and pins. If your hair gets wet, it will look chic if you pull it back.
A simple twisted chignon or side knot secured with an elastic and pinned to just above the nape of the neck is an elegant way to use stormy weather to your styling advantage. Try a deep side part to make it look even more intentional.
Chilly & Cold
Cold air will cause strands to dry out and become staticky fast.
Over-shampooing can strip natural oils from your hair, causing static electricity, so simply skip a day or two of washing. Alternatively, spray a leave-in conditioner to fortify the strands with moisture.
According to Rhys, fabric softener sheets can also come in handy. Simply run over hair to kill static. Who knew?
Warm & Sunny
Scorching heat and sun can do bad, bad things to a girl’s hair. Protect your tresses with moisturizing products like hair masks in the shower and styling cream before you step out into the heat.
You’ll also want to unplug that GHD, and even turn off the blow-dryer on scorching days, advises Rhys.
Women tend to straighten their hair too much and force it into an unnatural style. Embrace your hair’s texture and wear it more natural on hot days.
Humidity has a tendency to bring out curls and full-on frizz. “Don’t fight it, work with it,” Rhys says. Wear your curls, waves and newfound volume proudly.
If you want a smoother style, make sure you dry your hair thoroughly—otherwise, the remaining moisture will turn into frizz.
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