There’s no denying that summer has some major pros: warmer temperatures, longer days, frequent trips to the beach, Summer Fridays—the list goes on.
However, not everything is smooth sailing. Of course, we’re excited (come on, what kind of monster doesn’t like summer?), but there is one culprit responsible for making our summer beauty routines, particularly when it comes to our hair, a living nightmare: humidity.
Oh, humidity… the reason our hair that looked ever-so-perfect before we walked out of the door now has us resembling an electrocuted poodle. How can we keep hair sleek and shiny—whether curly, natural, or straight—and prevent it from becoming a giant, unruly mess as soon as things get clammy?
Well, to start, we should have a better understanding of why frizz occurs in the first place. Chadwick Pendley, master artistic director at Ouidad, explains the importance of this: “When the cuticle is open, it’s vulnerable to things penetrating it, such as the moisture in the air, aka humidity, which causes it to lift. This lifting is what we call frizz. Sealing the cuticle can prevent such problems from occurring.” Pendley goes on to explain that all hair types are prone to frizz, though naturally curly more so than most.
Of course, the best ways to seal the cuticle and treat your frizz varies by hair type. We chatted with Pendley and other hair experts to help us break down how to win the fight against frizz by hair type, so it can be stopped once and for all.
Read on for your guide to a frizz-free existence.