Excitement is in the air with the arrival of warmer weather—until the reality of humidity, frizz, and sun-exposed hair come tumbling back. Here, we spoke with five local experts about keeping your hair looking its best in Boston’s humid conditions.
The Tip: Keratin Treatment & Anti-Humidity Products
"For clients with curly hair, I recommend growing both the length and layers longer in humid months to minimize unwanted frizz and volume. Conversely, clients with straighter hair might want to consider a shorter length or more layers to give the hair more movement. The best way to combat frizz during the summer months is to do a Keratin-based hair smoothing treatment. My favorite smoothing treatment is the Coppola Keratin Complex treatment. It removes all frizz, gives the hair incredible shine, and cuts blow-drying time in half. For clients who don't want to commit to a Keratin treatment, but like a smooth straight look, a flat iron is essential. GHD makes irons with the best technology. [Lastly], one of my favorite summer products is the Oribe Imperméable Anti Humidity Spray. It's a thermal protector and anti-frizz product that puts a barrier between your hair and the environmental factors that cause frizz."
"In order to help fight the effects of summer weather humidity, set aside as much time as possible for blow-drying your hair to make sure it’s fully dried [before you step out the door]. Any extra moisture left in the hair is what causes unwanted frizz and curl to occur. It's easy to go overboard on the hair products in an attempt to smooth and tame frizz, but it ends up just weighing hair down and dulling your natural shine. I recommend spraying damp hair with a very light coat of a protectant spray, such as the Kerastase Discipline Fluidissime Spray—it helps seal the cuticles and provides strands with anti-humectant ingredients. You don’t have to layer a bunch of products or put in lots of leave-in-conditioner—one high-quality product should do the trick."
"Put your hair into a braid, which can be done with wet or dry hair. If wet, take out the braids when dry for a wavy textured look. Use Oribe's Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray. Embrace the frizz. You can condition every day but skip the shampoo. The natural oils in your hair will moisturize and add shine. Brush the hair out for a full, natural, textured look. When all else fails, add some oil and pull it into a top knot or low bun—that can be done on wet or dry hair."
"Pour bottled water on your hair before going into pool or the ocean to fill hair with water and help protect against chemicals that cause frizz and fade color. To help prevent frizz, it is best to use moisturizing products that will weigh frizz down and fill in porous spots that cause unruly, frizzy hair. Use a leave-in conditioner to give some hold to your style and help ensure moisture throughout the day; and apply an oil when the hair is wet, and again when your hair is dry to add moisture and keep hair healthy. This can also be helpful to keep your color vibrant through the summer months. Mix a light conditioner with a sunscreen inside a bottle and spray to protect hair from the sun."
"Even if your hair isn’t curly, protection products, such as Davines Sea Salt Primer, will ensure your beach waves are artfully disheveled rather than frizzy. Products for curly hair are often designed for 'air-drying,' so no heat activation is required to define texture. Add moisture! We want to give our hair a surge of moisture and get it ready for the heat and sun! My favorites are the super moisturizing Kérastase Bain Nutri-Thermique and Nutri-Thermique Masque. What I like so much about these products is that they love hot water! The heat activates all their super hydrating/nourishing goodness! No more cold showers or cool rinses to lock in moisture if you add these to your regimen. Lastly, slick your hair back into a sleek ponytail."