Humidity and Natural Hair

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Hi Beauties!


I recently received a request from a reader in Florida asking me what are some best practices for naturals who have to deal with  heat and humidity. When I saw this e-mail it immediately brought me back to my sophomore year of college when I started my transition. I would press my hair myself and be so proud because it looked sooooo fly in my apartment. I would wrap my hair after pressing it and go to sleep. The next morning it was extremely smooth, flowing and bouncy! I would walk outside and go to campus and within a matter of 10 minutes my hair began to SWELL! 

I didn’t have to look in a mirror or ask someone if my hair was poofing, I could literally just feel it! After getting frustrated with this process and not knowing what to do to prevent this from happening I finally turned to my natural hair stylist in Atlanta. Her advice was for me to immediately purchase the product Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm.

5 oz $32


This product literally saved my blow outs and made life much easier. I would apply a quarter size amount to my hair before blow drying it and it fought against that awful Florida heat/humidity like no other product I’ve ever used before! Phyto products are a little pricey in general, but for me it was worth the money!! (I always purchased my phyto products on EBAY, I saved at least $5-$10 depending on the product.)


Here are the product claims (from sephora.com): 

What it is: A non-chemical straightening treatment.

What it does: Achieve the perfect blow-out with this award-winning, heat-activated, sleek-making complex. The exclusive plant-based formula, rich in ferula, horseradish, and sage hydrates, softens and protects unruly hair prepping it for a smooth look.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates

What else you need to know: Straightening effect is cumulative with continued use.

For my beauties out there who want to know how to fight humidity if wearing hair curly follow these tips:

1. If your hair is full of moisture it won’t soak up all the water from the atmosphere so MOISTURIZING HAIR IS KEY TO NOT GETTING POOFY HAIR!! Try a deep conditioning treatment weekly that will give you tons of moisture to last through out the week.

2. Stay away from just simple wash and go’s with gels! Gels dry your hair out and will leave your hair dying of thirst! So, the moment you walk outside your hair is going to drink up all the moisture in the air and SWELL! 

3. Try some of these products to help fight the heat and humidity during the summer months! 

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Was this information helpful?? Have you tried any of these curl enhancing frizz free products? Let me know! 

xoxo,
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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    I hope this works for me, I live in New Orleans humidity and I hate trying to flat iron my hair.

    So true about gels, I learned it the hard way.

    How do I get my edges to lie down?4a hair.

  2. September 5, 2011 / 11:23 pm

    Hi! The best way to get your edges to be laid would be to use a small amount of leave in conditioner and brush your hairline to smooth out the product and then take a silk scarf and tie it around your hairline for at least 10 minutes! Try that out and let me know how it works for you…

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