Thursday, October 30, 2008

How to Keep Moisture and Humidity From Ruining a Hair Style.

All women are acquainted with (and loathe) not only humidity it's self but also it's affects on our otherwise goddess-like locks. I can attest to many battles with this said enemy. I chalk all my battle scars up to experience though, because I now know how to defeat the wicked sticky beast at its own game. Want to learn how to maintain that beautiful flowing mane in the face of moisture and humidity? Read on, and then run outside (and/or to the nearest window) and scream out "NEVER AGAIN" in joy and victory my fellow female frizz fighters! For never again will you waste priceless hours perfecting every gorgeous strand only to take one step out side and have it all shot to hell! InstructionsDifficulty: Moderately Easy Things You’ll Need:Large round brush Spray leave-in conditioner Blow-Dryer Anti-Frizz Serum Hair Spray ...Hair


The first and most important step in fighting humidity is coming to the battlefield prepared. During humid months keep hair extra hydrated. Try shampoos and conditioners that moisturize and hydrate. Also deep condition at least once a week. Healthy moisturized hair is humidity' s weakness. As a side tip, I suggest rinsing hair with cool water right before you leave the shower. The cool water helps to close up those hair cuticles, locking in moister and shine! (Can we say BONUS!)


Right after showering, towel dry hair gently but thoroughly. (You DO NOT want to rub hair between the towel vigorously or roughly. Despite common conception this does not dry the hair faster. However it does aid in breakage, frizz, and tangles.) Also, doing a good job at this step will save you blow-drying time, which will reduce possible heat styling damage to hair since you aren't blow-drying from drenched to dry.


Next, spray hair with leave in conditioner and comb through hair with a wide tooth comb. The leave-in conditioner is not only good for your hair's health but it helps fight against humidity by slightly weighing hair down. Try Aussie Sydney Smooth Heat Protector + Leave In Conditioner Spray (about 3.99 at drugstores nationwide.) It performs the task at hand, conditioning your lovely locks, with an added extra of a heat protector.


Using your fingers, begin to blow dry hair until it is about half way dry.


For this step, you will section hair into four sections using hair clips. (Two at the front, top half of head and two at the back, bottom half of head.) Starting with one of the bottom sections, release a one-inch subsections. Give section a quick spritz of the leave-in conditioner and then, using your fingers, pull the hair taut and blow dry the roots of this section. By thoroughly drying roots, you ensure hair stays sleek and straight all day. Next pick up that big round brush and proceed to blow-dry the one-inch section until it is completely dry. This works best if you slightly wrap hair around the brush and blow-dry on a lower setting pulling hair away from head, instead of brushing straight down.Repeat this throughout whole head.p. s. I use the Conair Performers Boar Bristle Full Round Brush (about 9 bucks and drugstores nationwide.) It smoothes my hair like no other!


Finally, after hair is completely dry, spritz your hair lightly with hair spray and then brush through it. Now, spritz your brush lightly with hair spray and work your brush from root to tip, gently. This step helps hold hair in place without that cakey, hard effect simply blasting hair spray can leave on hair. For a great hair spray try TRESemme European Hair Spray, Extra Hold (averages about 4.00 at drugstores nationwide.) It is very pliable but extremely reliable! And we are all done and ready to face the heat, moister, and humidity without flinching! Entire process usually only takes me 30 minutes from start to finish! Goodbye wasted tears and time, hello beautiful blowout that will stay in place for a few days!


Works on wavy to straight locks of any color or texture! Tips & WarningsFor extra shine, squeeze a drop of your favorite anti-frizz/shine serum to hand and rub your hands together. Then lightly and gently run hands through hair, from root to tip. Too much of anything is never a good thing. Too much product is going to make your hair look greasy. Too much styling and over time hair will look damaged. Give you hair a break a few days week by wearing a chic bun or braid!

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