Well, you see a great picture on the beach, you decide to take a similar one, and you realize the ugly truth when you see your own pictures, because a) The wind always works against you, b) You tend to pose weirdly when you are under the spotlight c) And most importantly, your hair acts super crazy in this humidity! Summertime is all about fun until humidity starts to mess with your hair, and suddenly, all your ideas about your perfect “Sahel selfies” begin to fade faster than your tan. Well, there might not be an instant secret solution, but there are some things to do and products to apply that will help your hair not look all frizzed up. So, before leaving for your Summer vacation, check these steps out:
Make Sure You Pack Your Favorite Shampoo and Conditioner
When you are packing, do yourself a favor and never leave out your shampoo and conditioner, thinking that you can use whatever you find while traveling. Preventing frizz and maintaining healthy-looking hair starts from the washing process. We all fall in this mistake, and right after the first wash with any random shampoo you find around, you’ll feel the instant regret. Just pack them with your or to save some space, you can get the travel size bottles, and fill them with your own personal shampoo and conditioner. Here’s an affordable travel toiletry set that you can order from Souq. Also, a great shampoo and conditioner duo that is currently on sale is the Tresemme Expert Selection with coconut milk and aloe vera.
Leave-In Conditioner Is Your Must-Have in Every Bag Your Carry
Just think of what you can’t leave the door without, and add a bottle of your leave-in conditioner with it. Trust me, you’ll be happy later when you have it on hand and apply it on the go whenever you need to refreshen your strands or keep them tamed. Leave-in conditioners help in adding moisture to your hair, and if they are water-based, they can be used as quick fresheners to your midweek hair days. There are plenty of leave-in conditioners/conditioners in the market, whether from local brands or high-end ones, here are some of the good ones to try out:
They come in all sizes so you can easily get one for your beach bag, and another full size for daily use. Another great trick to do, that I tried and worked wonders, is mixing around 4 tablespoons your favorite go-to conditioner with some jojoba oil, coconut oil, or another oil that works usually with your hair type, and shake well with water. You can also add some drops of lavender oil. You can keep it in a spray bottle in your bag, and use it after you get out of the pool and whenever needed.
Break up With Your Heat Styling Tools
Adding heat to your hair in this humid weather will make it drier and much frizzier, as applying direct heat will absorb all the moisture from your hair and your hair will only look good for seconds. Try to skip this unnecessary step, and if you have to, always apply a heat protectant and try to blowdry your hair downwards, not upwards, as this will make your hair a bit smoother and always finish off your hair with a silicone-free serum to lock in the shine. This “I’m on My Way Anti-Frizz” hair serum by Braes is a must try one! It doesn’t weigh your hair down, and I believe they have another one for dry hair as well.
Try Out Some Protective Hairstyles
If you feel somehow clueless when you leave your hair tools, and you are not among the curly/wavy hair divas, then you are in desperate need of some inspiration to find protective hairstyles that look good and will keep your hair frizz on the low. A typical ponytail, bun, or a french braid are ideal, but if you are on a vacation, try to add some summer accessories to spice up the look a bit. Also, you can never go wrong with a big straw hat in the morning that will protect both your hair and your face from the UV rays. Here are some ideas:
Show Your Hair Some Extra Care
Before hitting the pool, add some shea butter or a heavy hair mask to add a protective layer on your hair. Also, keep a silk scrunchie with you to pull your hair up during the day, or before you sleep to help reduce the friction. When you leave the pool, skip rubbing your hair aggressively in the towel, instead, try to dry gently with a cotton t-shirt, or a microfiber towel and leave it to air dry.
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