Rain affects everyone’s hair differently. For some, it can cause nearly untamable frizz. For others, humidity can make their hair flat, limp, and lifeless. Depending on the climate where you live, rain and humidity might be something you have to deal with on a regular basis.
In Maryland, hair services and professionals are ready come spring to help people deal with humidity. Regardless, it is important for everyone to know how to protect their hair in the rain and make sure it stays healthy, clean, and holds its style.
Cut Back on Washes
If it’s rainy season in your region, you might want to try skipping washes here and there. Getting on a regular schedule of leaving a day or two between washes is a good way to maintain good hair hydration in any season. However, when it’s particularly humid, excessive washing combined with moisture in the air will cause hair to become frizzy. This is especially important for those with hair that is naturally curly or dry.
Dry Your Hair Thoroughly
When you do wash your hair or take a shower, be sure to dry your hair well before going outside. Extra moisture in your hair combined with outdoor humidity is a recipe for frizzy, unmanageable hair. Use the cool setting on your blow dryer and dry your hair in sections to ensure you are reaching all the strands. Using the cool setting will ensure that the cuticles of your hair seal and lay flat, blocking out moisture from the rainy atmosphere.
Lock in Moisture
Frizz is the most common rain-induced hair problem. Frizz can affect both dry and oily hair, so using the right products to combat frizz is vital. Look for a full range of moisture-heavy products that will keep hair hydrated based on your natural texture.
If your hair is already damaged or frizzy in the first place, your cuticles are already lifted, and are therefore more vulnerable to penetration from humidity. It is especially important to use products enriched with oils and silicones to keep dry tresses hydrated.
Use Heat Protectant
It’s good to have a go-to heat protectant spray all year long, especially if you use heat styling tools. However, it is especially helpful on rainy days. A heat protectant spray will replenish dry hair with much-needed healthy hydration and create a barrier that keeps out environmental moisture, which can zap natural oils and cause dryness.
Invest in Anti-Frizz Products
Whether your hair is usually frizzy or not, an anti-frizz spray or hair oil is a great thing to keep on hand when it’s rainy. Humidity can make almost anyone’s hair difficult to manage. You can use a smoothing balm or other anti-frizz product for touch-ups throughout the day.
Tie it Up
Updos, braids, and ponytails are less vulnerable to frizz. Rainy season is a great time to try out a few new hairstyles that keep your hair neatly in place. Invest in some bobby pins, hair ties, clips, and scrunchies. There are lots of different styles, patterns, and materials to choose from to keep your rainy season looks fresh and interesting.
Use a Hair Wrap
When it’s raining, covering up your hair with a scarf is always a good option. Keeping it covered improves the chances of it staying dry, especially if you are trying to get from place to place and maintain your style. You can also use a hood or hat that covers your hair well to try to keep the rain from getting in. An umbrella is also an easy way to shield your hair from excess moisture.
Don’t Touch Your Hair
As difficult as it can be, try to avoid touching your hair as much as possible. While it may seem like natural oils from fingertips would help to smooth frizz, the sweat from your hands will actually allow moisture into the hair shaft. Touching hair also creates friction, which can maximize frizz. Try to keep your hands off of your hair when it is raining.
Use a Wide Tooth Comb
A wide tooth comb is always a good idea. They snag less than regular brushes and make it easier to comb through difficult knots and tangles. According to celebrity hair stylist Jason Collier, “When your hair is wet, it’s more prone to damage and breakage, and while on the go, it’s easy to mistreat it in a hurry, by pulling at it with a brush.”
These combs are especially good for wet hair, as they result in much less friction and breakage than bristles, which is useful when your hair is wet from getting caught in the rain.
Invest in a Human Hair Wig or Extensions
If you want easy-to-maintain hair while it’s humid outside, consider investing in a human hair wig or hair extensions. A hair replacement solution will be less affected by humidity than natural hair as natural oils will not add extra weight. Wigs and extensions are easy to clean and can be styled like your natural hair.
If you are unsure how to choose the best hair extensions or wig for your specific hair type, consult with a local hair replacement service, and a professional will help you select the right products.
If you need help achieving your hair goals, contact Eldorado today. We can help you counteract frizz or dryness, combat hair loss, and ultimately have the hair of your dreams. Sign up for a free hair analysis at our Baltimore Hair Replacement Center, and our hair professionals will help you identify and install the best solution for you. Call (410) 931-3399 today.