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Humidity-Proof Hair

Posted Jun 24 2009 10:42pm

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Summer is the season for what I call my "afro hair."  Believe me, I love summer, but summer hair takes preparation. Despite moving quite a few times in my lifetime, I never have been able to escape the humidity. It was my three years spent in good ol' Mississippi that taught me a few things about dealing BackOfHead_Afro-1 with humidity and my subsequent "afro hair." It takes a good cut and proper maintenance to keep it fuss free and ready for weekends at the lake. For me, a good spiral-wave perm tames my kinky and wavy locks with the simple addition of a little curl lock cream. A good, weightless hair cream or serum will do wonders for your hair in the heat.

Whether the humidity makes your hair poof out or flatten like a pancake, I believe the keys to great summer hair are the right cut and deep conditioning.

If your hair is exposed to a lot of sun during the summer, make sure to perform deep conditioning treatments on your hair all throughout the summer. A good deep conditioner can be made with some mayonnaise and an avocado.

Simply take a small jar of mayonnaise and half of an avocado.

Mash it all up together and smooth it over your hair all the way down to the tips. Put it all up in a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes.

If you have long hair, this treatment can be done on just the ends to keep your hair from splitting.

Deep conditioning treatments can run you anywhere from $20 to $100, but there is no need to purchase anything more than a jar of mayo and an avocado to keep your hair healthy in the summer sun.

With your hair at its best, the right cut will keep you from worrying about your style so you can enjoy swimming or boating at the lake this summer.

Here are some cuts that work especially well in the summer humidity.

Long Layers - This is a great idea if you have naturally wavy or curly hair. Long layers can weigh your hair down, which is why you shouldn't become a victim of afro hair in the summer humidity. Any other time of the year, I don't recommend weighing your hair down with layers.

Pixie cut Pixie Cut - If you have thick, textured hair, a short and asymetrical cut can give just the right amount of natural body. A pixie cut works on both straight and curly hair. I had a pixie cut quite a few years ago, way before it was ultra popular with all the celebrities, and I absolutely loved it.

Sideswept Bangs - Bangs can be a severe source of frizz in the summer. The combination of a sweaty forehead and humidity in the air can be dangerous, but with a side swept bang you can simply sweep some pomade through it and pin it behind your ear.

ShagcutShag Cut - This low maintenance cut is super cute on almost every hair type. It won't work on really thick or really fine hair, but it is so versatile and really makes delicate features pop. The cut will keep strands smooth and face-framing, even after a good dip in the lake. 

Textured, Chin Length Layers - If your hair is straight or slightly wavy, chin length layers get just enough volume and movement in the humidity while looking easy and fun.


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