young happy girl with flower bouquet on tropical sea and beach background, smiling happy girl outdoor portrait
Image: Shutterstock/Elena Yakusheva

Not all of us are lucky enough to spend our summers in dry heat, many of us have to brave the hottest months of the year armed with tons of hairspray and pure hope that we can beat the odds and somehow have humidity-defying hair. While many of us give up hope, sticking to easy ponytails and embracing the frizz, some of us have fought the heat and come out victorious. Which is why we are able to give you these sure-fire tips with total confidence. Follow these simple rules to keep your hair safe while you soldier on through the humidity this summer.

Start with shampoo

Keeping your hair humidity-proof starts way before you even attempt to style it. It starts in the shower. Using anti-frizz shampoos and conditioners help to tame and smoothen you hair before the humidity even hits it. Not only does this cut down on the amount of products you have to use when it comes time to style, but it also drastically slices your time in half. Products like Bumble and Bumble Straight Shampoo and Living Proof Shampoo get the job done in a flash.

Make sure your hair is completely dry

As awful and uncomfortable as it may sound, you have to completely rid your hair of any sort of moisture before you step out into the world. If your hair is damp or moist, it will easily absorb moisture from the environment, quickly succeeding in turning your hair into a puffy, frizzy mess. Whether you want to towel dry, air dry, or blow dry your locks, just make sure there is no sign of moisture before you step outside.

Hairspray is vital

As much as using it makes us feel like our mom’s circa 1982, hairspray is a pretty essential party of humidity-proofing your locks. It definitely has a tendency to make hair stiff and slightly unmanageable but it does a great job of keeping those locks perfectly tamed and in place. For a great anti-frizz specific hairspray check out ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hairspray or Garnier Fructise Sleek & Shine.

Your brush matters

Much like the rest of your styling tools, the type of brush you use has a huge effect in how your hair turns out. When trying to fight off humidity, boar bristle brushes, specifically, are great for smoothing down the cuticle and helping prevent against flyaways and frizzy hair.

Find a good styling serum

After washing but before styling your hair, it is important to use a high-quality serum or cream to help lock moisture into your hair. Products like Moroccanoil Treatment Light and Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In Cream provide your locks with tons of moisture while help helping tame and fight off the not-so-great effects of humidity.

Try heat styling

When trying to fight off frizz, often times our first idea is to utilize hairstyles like braids and ponytails to try to minimize the risk of looking a mess, but using heat styling tools like flat irons and blow dryers may drastically reduce the need to do this. Along with the other tips on this list, ending your hair routine by running a top-notch straightener over your locks will help seal the cuticles and rid your hair of any excess moisture. While it definitely isn’t wise to use damaging heat styling tools constantly, desperate times call for desperate measures.