One of the downsides to a humid New Zealand summer is frizzy hair. Forget wrangling hair into a super, straight style, during muggy summer months, it will only rebel. The reason frizz occurs, is down to a chemical reaction in the hair. Humidity causes hydrogen bonds to form between water molecules and the proteins in hair, this triggers wave, frizz and fly aways. This reaction happens when the temperature rises, but the good news, coming from someone who has battled frizz for decades, it can be relaxed?
Here are my styling tips, I've picked up from expert hairdressers over the years.
It all starts in the shower: A sleek style begins with a smoothing and hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Look for products that will flood hair with protein.
Dry your hair: Unless you remove every single drop of moisture from hair, your straight strands will spring back into curl the minute you step into the humidity. Remember the science, if your hair holds any dampness, water acts as a humectant, attracting more water.
Smooth with oil: Oil is the best-known ingredient to beat frizz. It contains polymers that will protect hair from the humidity. Apply it to towel-dried hair, before you style, avoid using it on dry hair as it will make hair greasy in summer.
Try a few heat free days: If you can't be without your hot tongs or irons, wash hair the night before and leave it to dry naturally. It will be completely dry by morning, and then you can tame frizz with heat.
Dry with care: When blow drying, always direct the heat down the hair shaft, to keep ends smooth and fight frizz. Always finish with the cool setting on the dryer, blown though your hair, it seals in styling products and sets your style.
Mist with a can: Invest in an anti-frizz hairspray to keep your style in shape. Forget pump sprays, they spritz wetness onto hair. Choose a humidity blocking mist and spray hair an arms length away.
Some of my favourite frizz fighters include: Redken Frizz Dismiss range, from $40. Macadamia Pro Ultra Rich Moisturising Oil Treatment, $52. Davines Love Hair Smoother, $36. Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner, $47. Pureology Smooth Perfection range, from $43. Joico Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray, $26.