While we love summer, we're not so enamoured with the humidity that comes with it and the frizzy, flattening effects it has on natural, textured, curly hair. Luckily, there are a few easy things you can do to stay one step ahead of humidity in order to prevent frizz and stop your curls falling flat.
Keep your curls well conditioned
When your strands are dry, they tend to absorb the moisture they need from the air around them. So, to prevent humidity-induced frizz and flatness, keeping your curls well conditioned is non-negotiable. Even on days when you don't shampoo, rinse your hair with water and apply conditioner to the ends. Wash it out, then apply a leave-in product before drying.
When humidity levels are up, touching your hair is a surefire way to flatten your curls. Touching them too much can cause a frizz storm in the best conditions, and when it's humid, the excess moisture in the air combined with too much friction can leave your hair in a lank yet poofy state. So, hands off!
Air drying is always preferable for curly hair, but when it's humid, it can be a one-way ticket to shapeless, fuzzy curls. To help you get defined coils without heat, try plopping your hair instead of simply leaving it to dry by itself.
Apply a smoothing product like Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream to damp hair, then wrap it up in a cotton t-shirt and leave it. Some people only need half an hour while others leave their hair plopped overnight, so you may have to experiment to figure out what works best for your curls.
Seal your strands against humidity
Once you've got your curls looking perfect, you'll need to seal them against the elements in order to keep them that way. To that end, serums, gels and lots of hairspray are all essential, whether you find a single product works best, or a cocktail of several. If all else fails, there are always protective hairstyles like braids and knots to fall back on.