Hair vs. Humidity

Anyone who has experienced summer in the Mississippi Delta knows that you are guaranteed a few things: crops growing in the fields as far as the eye can see, mosquitoes the size of birds (ok maybe not quite that big—but close), and the nearly 100% humidity. In this sort of heat, there is no such thing as “glistening”. This is the kind of heat that makes a southern lady sweat. It makes you wonder why you just spent so much time on your hair since five minutes after walking out the door it became a “giant frizz ball” [or for some people it falls flat--clearly my sister and I do not have the second problem].
For days like this, I’m a big believer in going with whatever is natural (I have not always had this philosophy). Let’s face it, your hair will most likely end up taking that route anyway. In my case, I have curly hair so I just try to calm it down and keep it from frizzing.
Below are a few of our favorite products and tricks that we have picked up throughout the years…

t-shirt… When I wear my hair natural, I “towel” dry it with a t-shirt. I heard about this concept from other people and thought it seemed pointless. Joke’s on me, because I tried it and my curls are much less frizzy when I scrunch my hair using a t-shirt after washing it instead of a towel.

iSO Tamer… This is my all-time favorite curly-hair product. I started using it in 8th grade and have tried other products several times. More expensive products might I add. This one has two great features—it does not make my hair “crunchy” and it is very inexpensive in comparison to others.

Frederic Fekkai Glossing CreamI love to use this product after my hair has been fixed all day and I need to make it look good better at the end of the day—or as we call it, “spruce up.” I remember the first time Sarah told me to try this. We were in Oxford and had been out shopping most of the day. We only had time to run home and “spruce up” before going to dinner. Here is the pic from that night.

L’Oreal Elnet… This is a great flexible hold hairspray that will also easily brush out. Celebrity hair stylists have allegedly been using this for years despite it being illegal in the US from 1987 until 2008 due to the product’s ozone-damaging fluorocarbon propellants. In 2008, L’Oreal released the product with a tweaked delivery system allowing it to be sold legally throughout the US. I know that hairspray is a serious issue, but smuggling it into a country? That is a bit extreme. Thank goodness it is legal now.

UpDo’s… If I know I am going to be out in the heat for a long period of time, I have learned to just go ahead and put my hair up before I leave the house. This helps me avoid the impromptu “messy bun” fiasco in a public restroom where there may or may not be a mirror depending on the venue. A bonus—pictures typically look much better.  More to come on this topic in the future…

1 comment:

  1. Great post, sister :) Just wanted to test the comments section!