We know it : hair and moisture rarely mix, and this is all the more true for textured hair which, by its very nature, swells up and becomes frothy at the slightest shower. But how to limit the damage?
We took all of our questions to a curly, kinky, and frizzy hair pro, and here’s her advice.
Why does textured hair react to humidity?
While no hair type is immune to the effects of humidity, curly, frizzy and frizzy hair, which is dry by nature, has a marked tendency to frizz. But that is not all! The more the air is saturated with water, the more opaque, fragile and foamy they become, all the more so for lengths that are stressed and damaged by styling, ironing and/or bleaching. But what is it due to?
Tania Thelise, stylist and hair expert for natural care brand In Haircare, explains to Lose :
It all depends on the porosity of the hair, i.e. their ability to absorb and maintain the humidity present in the air. The scales of a damaged and dry hair are like bursting and can’t hold it, so we’re talking about a porous hair.
Worse yet, this atmospheric water vapor can even attract the hair’s internal water and cause it to evaporate, thus robbing it of its natural hydration. To combat the inconveniences associated with humidity, “the challenge is to limit its penetration, but also to control the insensitive loss of water”, specifies the professional.
How to combat the effects of humidity on textured hair?
As Tania Thelise reminds us, “curly, frizzy, frizzy hair requires care, especially if it’s damaged.”
To hopefully reduce porosity and seal in hydration, a good hair routine is essential, starting in the shower, followed by a treatment mask rich in humectants and emollients to smooth and fill the hair fiber lesions. as well as to retain water.
For its part, the leave-in treatment will have an immediate effect on the tone of the curls and will protect them from humidity while having a long-term repairing effect. ” After applying the cream, you can add a few drops of care oil or vegetable oil to prevent the water from evaporating. advises the expert, being careful to choose a texture suitable for her hair type: the wider the curl, the finer and lighter the oil must be.
These products, by restoring the hair fiber, will allow textured hair to be better prepared against humidity. And that’s bad news for frizz! From time to time (but it can be more regular), it is also possible to apply a mixture of vegetable oils (coconut, sesame, avocado, castor oil, etc.) or butter (shea, cocoa, mango, etc.) to the hair, as a mask, and leave the product to act from thirty minutes to a whole night, under a cap, to obtain a deep treatment.
How to style textured hair in damp weather?
To maintain control even in the rain, Tania Thelise recommends tying up your hair:
The idea isn’t necessarily to get a strict hairstyle, but doing a bun, braids, or plaits will control volume as well as small hair.
She also recommends not drying too much on rainy days or in tropical heat, because the result simply doesn’t have a chance to hold up.
The anti-humidity shopping for textured hair
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