Does your hair go from sleek and sexy to a poofy mess as soon as you step outside? Blame humidity - it can ruin your best hair days in a matter of seconds. Luckily, leave-in conditioner is a great way to keep your hair looking neat and sleek, even on the most humid days. In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about using leave-in conditioner in humid weather.
Why Humidity Ruins Your Hair
Joshua Zeichner, M.D, a cosmetic and clinical expert, explains that when humidity is high, the air is saturated with water molecules. When these molecules come in contact with your hair, they cause your strands to stick together or bend randomly. This is why your hair gets frizzy and unruly in humid weather.
Leave-ins Are Great On Humid Days
Providing your hair with sufficient moisture is one of the best ways to combat frizz, no matter how humid it is. Leave-in conditioners instantly add extra moisture to the hair, which smooths it out and helps protect it from frizz and poofiness. They also coat the hair from roots to ends, shielding your hair from the sun's harmful rays, pollution, and other environmental influences.
Most leave-in-conditioners contain natural oils, vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and botanical extracts. The oils penetrate the roots deeply and moisturize the strands to prevent split ends, frizz, breakage, and dryness. The natural vitamins and botanical extracts soothe the scalp, preventing dryness and itching.
How To Use Leave-ins On Humid Days
You may be wondering whether you need to go through a special process to apply your leave-in. Not exactly - the good news is that using a leave-in conditioner is extremely easy. Follow the below instructions for the best results:
Wash and condition your hair like you normally would and then rinse it thoroughly. If your hair is prone to tangles, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair while it’s coated in the conditioner.
After rinsing away your conditioner, pat your hair gently with a microfiber towel to get rid of the excess water.
Apply your leave-in conditioner to your hair with your fingers. Start applying at the ends and move upward. Avoid your roots unless they are dry or prone to frizz.
Detangle your hair using a wide-toothed comb. The wide-toothed comb will distribute the leave-in conditioner all throughout the hair. This step is crucial if your hair is thick, long, or curly.
Style your hair as desired.
*You can also apply a leave-in without washing your hair. Just make sure that your hair is damp before application.
This process applies to most hair types. However, if you have thick hair, you should apply the leave-in liberally. All of your hair strands should be coated in the leave-in.
How Often to Use a Leave-In for Humidity
Your hair should be your guide when it comes to the frequency of leave-in applications. If your hair looks and feels healthy following daily use, then stick with that. If the hair becomes too oily and limp, you may need to reduce the frequency.
We hope that you find this article helpful in your battle against frizz, poofiness, and humidity.
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.