How to Style Hair in High Humidity & Keep it Beautiful

During the summer months, hot and humid weather can play havoc on our skin and hair. Because of the increased level of moisture in the air, our bodies evaporate moisture more slowly than usual, which slows down our cooling process and often leaves us feeling “clammy” and uncomfortable. Hair can go frizzy, excessively curly, or just become downright unmanageable and completely out of control!

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Weather Proofing Style Sealant Creme 4oz
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Weather Proofing Style Sealant Creme 4oz

Acts as a sealant to protect conditioned hair from the effects of high humidity. Provides amazing control against frizz.

Sunsilk Captivating Curls Gel & Cream Twist, 5.1-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 3)
Sunsilk Captivating Curls Gel & Cream Twist, 5.1-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 3)

For perfectly soft curls that are easy to manage even in high humidity. The cream rehydrates your hair and the gel makes it stay put all day long.

Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade, 2.6 Ounces
Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade, 2.6 Ounces

A leave-in conditioning treatment for dry, coarse, or thick hair that leaves it smooth, shiny and smelling great.


Have you ever been on a beach vacation and had to pull your hair up in a pony tail the whole time because it just won’t “do anything”?

It seems that it doesn’t matter what hair type we have, humidity seems to affect us all in one way or another. Hair naturally absorbs moisture one strand at a time, and so realistically speaking some hair strands will take on more moisture than others. This causes an unpredictable (and frustrating) effect of “bending” and “twisting” of the hair.

But thankfully, by understanding the effects of humidity you can become armed and ready to take on the world once again. There are some amazing products on the market designed to help you when dealing with high humidity. Follow these cool tips to keep your hair under control and give yourself back the confidence you deserve.

Shampoo as normal and then follow the 3-step process of Conditioning, Air Drying and Protecting:-


Particularly dry or damaged hair tends to soak up humidity like a sponge! Correctly conditioning is the first and foremost step in reducing the effects of high humidity on your hair. Use a deep conditioner to smooth and moisturize thick or particularly curly hair. Fine, flyaway hair will benefit more from a light volumizing conditioner that will help to add volume while keeping it smooth.

There are special “anti-humidity” leave-in conditioners available which you can use as an extra benefit after rinsing your hair. Look for products with the word “antihumectant” on the label, and ensure that you work it evenly through your hair paying particular attention to the ends.

Air Dry

Don’t be tempted to blow-dry your hair or use a straightener, no matter how you much you want to achieve a straight style. Applying dry heat will only increase the affects of humidity; once the moisture reaches the hair it could become even curlier and even frizzier! It’s much better to let it dry naturally, and put up with a few curls if necessary. Your hair will thank you for it and, if you use the right products, you will probably enjoy the feeling of a few natural soft curls anyway.


Use an “antihumectant” protective spray or serum seal the moisture into your locks. A spray works better for fine or flyaway hair as it is less likely to weight it down and make it look flat. The result will give you a natural style that is healthy-looking, full of shine, and will be less likely to get become frizzy and out-of-control in levels of high humidity.

So consider treating yourself to some high quality hair care products to keep it looking and feeling great in humid climates. Next time you hit the beach you literally will be able to "let your hair down" and enjoy yourself!

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Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Thanks for the tips. :)

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

You're welcome, Phoebe.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

The heat and humidity play havoc with my hair and I appreciate your tips. Great hub.

SusieQ42 5 years ago

Today it was 100 deg. outside! The air was so heavy I felt sorry for those with breathing problems. I stay inside most of the time so I'm one of the lucky ones. I use hair spray when I go out though, hopefully this helps. Thanks for the info!

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Pamela, glad to be of help! :-)

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Susie, it sounds as though you're having a really hot summer there in Florida! Thank goodness for air conditioning! :-)

SusieQ42 5 years ago

It's been very hot and humid. Today is no different! Thanks for the fan mail! I appreciate it. This morning I looked up the most popular keywords and wrote a hub about career trends in the U.S. Most of our money comes from readers outside of Hub Pages, did you know that? So I try to find interesting topics...

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angemac23 5 years ago from Canada

THanks for the great tips!

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