Humid Hair Affects Your Hair

Summer weather is defined by the sunshine, warm temperatures and plenty of humidity. Whatever your hair normally looks like, the humidity will change it drastically. Long or short, curly or straight, humid air affects your hair. It also means your styling products will be less effective. They might not hold your hair in place for long. If you’re rocking the long hairdo, you can always just pull it back into a man bun or ponytail. For the guys with short hair, you’ll have to make do with your humidity hairdo.

Science and humid hair

You’re not the only one who has noticed how hair responds to humidity. Scientists use hygrometers to measure the moisture levels in the air. Hygrometers work by placing hair inside a device where meteorologists can observe the way the hair strand expands and contracts. However, it doesn’t take a meteorologist to notice high humidity. You’ll likely be able to tell as soon as you step outside.

Humidity reacts with chemical structures in hair

Hair is incredibly sensitive to humidity. When it’s humid, there’s more moisture in the air. More moisture means more hydrogen. The hydrogen molecules in the moisture-filled air respond to the chemical structures in your strands of hair. This causes changes to the way your hair behaves. When the humidity increases, curly hair tends to respond with extra fizziness. People with straight hair don’t have to freak out about the frizz. Straight hair tends to get curlier and go limp in the humidity.

The reality is that we need some humidity. Without the moisture, our hair would be dry, brittle, and…frizzy. It turns out that frizziness can happen in all kinds of weather conditions. If your hair is already dry and damaged, it will respond even worse to the humidity. The best way to prepare your hair for humid summer weather is to take good care of it all year long.

Humidity protection products

Fortunately, there are several products on the market to help you combat frizz. Certain shampoos, conditioners, and styling creams have ingredients that coat each strand with oils. These oils provide a barrier that stops the hair from absorbing extra moisture from humidity. If your hair is frizzy from dryness, there are products available to boost your hair’s moisture levels. Once your hair returns to its natural moisture level you’ll notice it going back to its usual straightness or curliness. With styling products, look for lighter creams and oils that won’t weigh down your already heavy hair.


Here are two of our favorite frizz-free products for men.

Bumble & Bumble’s Defrizz only needs a couple drops to transform your summer style. It controls crazy curls and holds back the frizz. Massage it into your hair while it’s damp for a boost in softness and shine. The light formula won’t look heavy or greasy.

Kiehl’s Silk Groom Serum uses natural oils from sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and soy beans. It also includes vitamin E for additional hair benefits. Whether your hair is straight or curly you’ll enjoy this light humidity protection serum.

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