The beginning of March is upon us. In a few weeks, the high humid air of spring will be upon us. It will be nice to feel the warmer air, but our hair be happy? High humidity can cause changes in the hair strands leading to frizzing. Taming these flyaways becomes possible if you understand what causes them. You are about to learn how humidity affects your hair and an effective remedy for this problem.
How does humidity affect the hair?
The cause of 'frizzy' hair has been a mystery to me for a while. Until I dug deeper to investigate what causes the hair to change its physical structure? One of the best explanations came from Professor Rodney Sinclair, a dermatologist researcher at, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
According to him, dry hair strands have hydrogen bonds that hold the strands in a confirmed shape. When the strands are wet, those hydrogen bonds break down. The hair then becomes malleable and wavy. But when it dries, the hydrogen bonds reform, holding the hair in various shapes as it dries.
A similar process occurs when hair meets a high humid environment. Water molecules in the hair cause the breakage of hydrogen bonds and swell minimally. The hair becomes curly and "frizzy" when it dries. Sinclair also noted that naturally, curly hair becomes more curly when wet.
Experts haircare tips to combat frizzy hair caused by humidity
If this is your dilemma, you may be wondering how to fix the "frizz" problem. Thus far, you have passed the first step, which is understanding how it happens? The second step is things you can do to prevent frizzy hair. If you are a DIY person, then here are three tips from renowned hairstylists you should know.
1. Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
Lauren Paglionico, New York's-finest hair colorist and owner of LRN Beauty, advises using Moisturizing and hydrating shampoo and conditioner. It's crucial for persons with naturally 'frizzy' hair or persons with chemical or heat processed hair. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners help to realign hair fibers. Explained by Sean Steigerwald. Therefore when the hair dries, 'frizzing' is limited.
2. Use a leave-in conditioner.
Leave in conditioners, add another layer of moisture to the hair, and soften it. Many leave-in conditioners have a dual ability to help detangle hair.
3. Use a heat protectant before heat-styling your hair.
Heat protectant serums create a protective barrier between your hair strand and the hot tools used on the hair. Heat protective serum prevents damage to the hair caused by heat.
Don't be afraid of the spring and summer humidity. You can fight back with the three tips above. The best part is understanding how frizzing develops.
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DISCLAIMER: The author of this article is NOT a haircare or health professional. The opinions shared are inferences based on the facts researched. All facts presented were researched and extracted from haircare and health sources. All sources are supported by haircare and health professionals.