Humidity can wreak havoc on your hair if you let it. Luckily, even a small change in your hair care routine can tame puffy hair; specially-made products as well as home remedies round out the attack. If you don’t want to settle with puffy, lawless hair on a humid day, you should be able to help matters.

Part 1 of 3: Everyday Hair Care in Humid Environments

  1. Get the right cut. If you live in an area that is known for humid weather, consider getting a haircut that caters to your hair type. Long hair and straight cuts add the weight needed to pull down hair that would otherwise puff out. An angled or slightly layered cut will remove some of the bulk. A layered cut will emphasize curls, but could result in puffier hair.
  2. Shampoo at most every other day. Shampoo is great for cleaning dirt and grime away from hair, but it’s not so great at taming puffy hair. That’s because shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, which make your hair silken and combat frizz. Some people go for as long as a week in between shampooing.[1] The exact amount of time is up to you, but the consensus is that waiting a couple days between washes produces healthier, less puffy hair.
  3. When conditioning after shampoo, wash off conditioner using cold water. There’s some debate about how effective this is, but the idea is pretty simple: cold water causes the cuticles of the hair to contract, simultaneously adding shine and taming frizz.[2] Some scientists, however, doubt the effectiveness of cold water on the scalp, saying that since hair cuticles aren’t living cells, they shouldn’t contract.[3] The debate aside, this advice shouldn’t cause puffy hair, so try it out and see if it works. As discussed below, certain specially-designed leave-in conditioners can help fight puffy hair.
  4. Dry hair gently. If your hair is prone to fly-aways and frizzes, carefully blot your hair dry with the towel instead of rubbing. Allow hair to air-dry as much as possible to reduce the amount of puffiness in your hair. If you blow your hair dry, avoid a lot of movement with the blow dryer. Blow your hair dry slowly and in small sections on the lowest heat setting. Remember to blow down the shaft of hair instead of across it, which separates hair sections, or upward, which provides volume and lift but also adds puffiness to frizzy hair. Keep in mind that blow drying removes moisture from the hair strands, which increases frizz.
  5. Avoid over-combing your hair. It can be tempting to smooth out your hair with plenty of brushstrokes after stepping out of the shower. But brushing or combing your hair causes friction, which causes heat and breakage to the hair cuticle.[4] This leads to puffy or frizzy hair. Instead of combing your hair like you’ve entered a contest, use a wide-toothed comb or a paddle brush with ball-tipped ends. Finish off with a light pass using your fingers as a comb.
  6. Decide on a style for the day that works with your natural hair type. In humid weather, you hair will tend to do what it naturally wants to do. Fighting your hair type will probably cause you a lot of frustration; chances are you’ll end up losing every time. If your hair is straight, avoid the urge to put it in curlers on humid days. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, work with the waves instead of opting for a straight style.
    1. Try tying your hair up in a bun or ponytail and finish off by applying some anti-frizz gel.
      If you’re having a truly tremendous hair day, never underestimate the help a hat or well-tied scarf can do for your hair.
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Humid air causes hydrogen bonds to form between water molecules and the proteins in your hair, triggering curls and frizz.

If you have long hair, you probably don’t need to look up a weather report to get an idea of how much humidity’s in the air: You can simply grab a fistful of hair and see how it feels. Human hair is extremely sensitive to humidity—so much that some hygrometers (devices that indicate humidity) use a hair as the measuring mechanism, because it changes in length based on the amount of moisture in the air.

Straight hair goes wavy. If you have curly hair, humidity turns it frizzy or even curlier. Taming the frizz has become a mega industry, with different hair smoothing serums promising to “transform” and nourish hair “without weighing hair down.” But just why does humidity have this strange effect on human hair?

Hair Cross Section

Hair’s chemical structure, as it turns out, makes it unusually susceptible to changes in the amount of hydrogen present in the air, which is directly linked to humidity. Most of a hair’s bulk is made up of bundles of long keratin proteins, represented as the middle layer of black dots tightly packed together in the cross-section at right.

These keratin proteins can be chemically bonded together in two different ways. Molecules on neighboring keratin strands can form a disulfide bond, in which two sulfur atoms are covalently bonded together. This type of bond is permanent—it’s responsible for the hair’s strength—and isn’t affected by the level of humidity in the air.

But the other type of connection that can form between adjacent keratin proteins, a hydrogen bond, is much weaker and temporary, with hydrogen bonds breaking and new ones forming each time your hair gets wet and dries again. (This is the reason why, if your hair dries in one shape, it tends to remain in roughly that same shape over time.)

Hydrogen bonds occur when molecules on neighboring keratin strands each form a weak attraction with the same water molecule, thereby indirectly bonding the two keratin proteins together. Because humid air has much higher numbers of water molecules than dry air, a given strand of hair can form much higher numbers of hydrogen bonds on a humid day. When many such bonds are formed between the keratin proteins in a strand of hair, it causes the hair to fold back on itself at the molecular level at a greater rate.

On the macro level, this means that naturally curly hair as a whole becomes curlier or frizzier due to humidity. As an analogy, imagine the metal coil of a spring. If you straighten and dry your hair, it’ll be like the metal spring, completely straightened out into a rod. But if it’s a humid day, and your hair is prone to curling, water molecules will steadily be absorbed and incorporated into hydrogen bonds, inevitably pulling the metal rod back into a coiled shape.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Hair Coloring (FAQ)

Hair Coloring FAQ #1- Will coloring make my hair fall out?

Hair Coloring FAQ #1 – The answer is an “NO.” There is no scientific evidence that hair coloring causes extra hair loss.

A bad color job, however, can cause hair breakage, which may be confused with extra hair loss.

Will coloring make my hair thinner?

The answer again is No. So many women (and men for that matter) with thinned hair and blame it on the color. It’s only when they started coloring that I have noticed my hair is thinner. This is coincidental; many women start coloring when their hair is turning gray, or when the color is not as vibrant.

They are often at the age, unfortunately, when the hair can begin to thin for other reasons, but they blame it on the coloring. Or, they start coloring their hair at a young age and notice the hair is thinner when they are in their 30s and 40s, again blaming coloring. But it would have thinned anyway.

Coloring my hair makes it dry; what can I do?

Coloring can dry the hair — permanent color and bleach in particular.

While semi-permanent color doesn’t dry it out as much as permanent, repeated use can cause dry ends. Always use a moisture-balancing or moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. And a deep, moisturizing hair mask once or twice a week depending on the dryness. Always apply a leave-in conditioning cream (non-greasy) before blow-drying. And remember not to over-dry or over-brush.

Daily shampooing and conditioning will not dry your hair providing you choose the correct products.hair coloring faq

What should I look for in a hair color product?

Choose your color from the packet or swatch on display. Colors may change according to fashion, but the basic chemistry of coloring agents has not changed much over the years.

They all have similar ingredients, so there’s no point reading the label.

However, the best person to advise you is your hairdresser, and the best place to have hair color done is in a salon.

Should I choose permanent or semi-permanent color?

In the long term, permanent hair color is best, which may surprise you when you take into account the extra peroxide and ammonia it might contain. The reason is that permanent color should only be applied to the new hair growth at the roots, briefly overlapping with the previously dyed hair.

Semi-permanent color, on the other hand, is applied to the whole head each time, because of the more rapid fading.

Is it safe to have my hair colored during pregnancy?

Yes. All women want to look their best when they’re pregnant, and what better way to boost morale than to have your hair the way you want? We do recommend low-ammonia, paraben-free, and if you have access to a no-ammonia would be better.

Can hair colorants cause cancer?

There are recurring scares about hair coloring causing bladder cancer. The first was about 25 years ago and the latest in 2002. There were some studies that indicated a link, but none could be substantiated on humans.

Evidence that hair coloring is safe has been demonstrated in two major studies by the American Cancer Society and Harvard University.

Is using a hair color likely to give me a rash?

There is a possibility, but not if you go about it correctly. All hair dye packaging recommends carrying out a skin patch test before using a colorant.

Apply the color to an area the size of a quarter, behind an ear or inner elbow. If, after 24 hours, there is no irritation, discomfort or redness, it is safe to color without risk of a rash or reaction.

When you read about people suffering severe allergic reactions, it is most likely that the patch-test warnings have been ignored in these cases.

Can hair coloring give me a dry and itchy scalp?

Many women have existing flaky and itchy scalp conditions and blame their hair color. In my answer to question one, I mentioned an eight-month study I conducted to establish that hair coloring does not cause thinning or hair loss.

Coloring should definitely be avoided on scratched or very irritated skin conditions.

I don’t want to use peroxide or ammonia. What else can I use to color my hair?

The obvious coloring agents to use in this case would be vegetable colors such as henna or chamomile. These have many disadvantages, though. The colors they produce are not natural-looking and they fade very quickly, leading to more frequent applications, unnatural colors and, ultimately, drier, brittle hair.

Also, in a similar way to semi-permanent colors, there is a continual overlap in application, leading to an unnatural appearance — particularly on the ends.

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Additional Information Hair Coloring FAQ(s)

To obtain natural-looking hair color, peroxide and ammonia are in need, as without these ingredients your color will not take as well,look as good, or last as long. There are specific reasons for their inclusion that involve complicated hair and ingredient chemistry.

Provided you take sufficient care before, during and after the dying process, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have the best of all worlds: beautiful, long-lasting color and well-conditioned hair.

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Bleaching can leave your hair with mild to severe damage due to acidic action of strong chemicals or wrong handling or extreme heat application during the procedure. The ruined hair might feel dry, spongy, porous, brittle or rough due to damaged hair cuticles which cover the cortex, carrying the hair’s natural color. While store-bought potion and products might help repair the condition, there are quite a few easy, natural ways to get your hair healthy after bleaching.

1. Shampoo your hair less often. In order to restore your bleached hair, you will have to discontinue washing your hair daily. When you shampoo your hair, you are not only cleaning the hair but you are also stripping the natural oils and sebum from your hair. The oils and sebum are natural moisturizers. If your hair is prone to looking and feeling oily, use a dry shampoo on the days that you don’t wash your hair.

2. Deep condition your hair one or more times per week. The amount that you condition your hair depends on how often your hair needs it. Apply deep conditioner to your hair after you have already washed it with shampoo and regular conditioner. Use a wide-toothed comb to distribute it through your hair. Warm a towel in the dryer or with a hair dryer. Wrap your hair with the warm towel. Leave the deep conditioner and towel on your hair for 30 minutes. Wash it completely out of your hair.

3. Always wash hair with lukewarm or cold water. Hot water promotes dryness in the hair. That is counterproductive to restoring bleached hair as your goal is to add moisture to your hair. If you wash hair with lukewarm water, always rinse your hair with cold water at the very end. That will seal the cuticle.

4. Use a leave-in conditioner after every time that you wash your hair. As bleached hair is often porous and prone to tangles, a leave-in conditioner adds moisture and makes hair easier to comb. That will prevent strands of hair from breaking off.

5. Do not use heat on your hair. Avoid using blow dryers, hot rollers, flat irons and curling irons. Heat is detrimental to restoring your bleached hair. If you are not willing to forego heat when styling your hair, it may be impossible to restore the hair.

TAKING CARE OF HAIR AFTER HAIR REBONDING

After undergoing the hair rebonding process, you need to treat your hair with extra care. Hair rebonding makes your hair weak and as such lot of hair problems can be observed after hair rebonding. Read on to know about the precautions which you need to take for protecting your hair after hair rebonding.

Hair rebonding is a process in which the chemical bonds of your hair are broken and then the solution that is used straightens your hair. The bonds of your hair are rearranged permanently. This is the reason why many people find hair loss and other problems post hair rebonding. This treatment is harsh for your hair and so you need to take lot of precautions after you have gone through hair rebonding process.

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Tips for Taking Precautions after Hair Rebonding

You need to treat your hair with extra care after undergoing the hair rebonding procedure. Here is how you can take care of your hair after hair rebonding.

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Avoid Hot Water

Do not ever wash your hair with hot water. Not even warm water is recommended for hair wash after rebonding of your hair. Wash it with cold water thoroughly after using a shampoo.

Condition your Hair

Conditioning your rebounded hair is a must. Use leave-in conditioners whenever you have to go outdoors. Do not hesitate or restrict using conditioners because you need to use these generously for a healthy hair after rebonding.

Use Clarifying Shampoo

Use a clarifying shampoo for at least once in a month. This will help you clean any residue of the shampoo and conditioner that you use regularly.

Use Wide Teethed Comb

When combing your hair use a wide teethed comb and do not use brush as it might damage your hair.

Avoid Tying your Hair and Hair Dryer

Do not tie your hair at least for the first month because it can result in damaging your hair to a great extent. These damages can be irreversible also. Avoid using hair dryer. Let the hair dry naturally whenever you wash it.

Have a Balanced Diet

Try to have a balanced diet at least once a day. Focus on fruits and vegetables and try to avoid junk food as far as possible. Increase your intake of proteins, as that would benefit your hair and maintain its health as well.

Avoid Changing your Hair Style (NOTE: Haircut trim is not equivalent to Hair Styling)

The most important thing is that you should never think of changing any style of your hair after rebonding. This might ruin the health of your hair completely. Even if your hair stylist recommends highlighting or any other styling for your hair after one month or so, it is better you avoid and stay away from any other styling.

Hair rebonding, no doubt, gives a super silky and straight hair just like the one you see in commercials. But, in reality, this leaves your hair fragile and if you do not take proper care, it can leave you with no alternative. You will lose your hair and that will be irreversible. The chemicals that are used in the process of hair rebonding damages the hair and you have to take special care of your hair to keep it healthy and in proper condition. The tips will help you to have saved your hair to a great extent.

Before and after hair rebonding, you need to follow the advice of your hair stylist. It is better to consult a hair expert before you opt for hair rebonding. She will advice you whether your hair will be able to cope with the damage done by hair rebonding or not. In any case, you have to be very careful handling your hair after rebonding.

Do not try any styling gel or other chemicals on your hair and follow the instructions regarding cleaning and maintaining your hair. Keep in mind the above guidelines and it will help you have the silky hair with health so that you have your wish without damaging your hair.

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Additional Tips:

  • Keep your hair safe from environmental factors – harsh sun rays, cold winds and the rains. Use a hat or an umbrella.
  • Apply a hair serum regularly. This creates a barrier between your hair and the outside and helps protect it better.
  • In case you wet your hair due to rain, wash your hair like a regular wash as soon as possible. The salts and pollutants from rain water are highly damaging.
  • Use hair masks frequently or get hair spas done. Your hair needs moisture and nutrition.
  • If your hair is not really greasy or oily, stay away from shampooing every day. You can try alternate days or try co-washing which means using conditioner as a shampoo and just rinsing it away.