Just when you think you’re prepared for that first day of humidity, your shins start to sweat, your makeup (literally) evaporates, and your hair swells to the size of a mushroom. Having spent my summers in Minneapolis, where—contrary to popular belief—the dew point reaches inhuman heights, I’ve learned a few tricks for keeping tresses in check:

1. Skip the shampoo. At least every other day if possible. Because, ironically, stripping hair of moisture actually makes it less manageable and more prone to frizz and freak-out.

2. But condition more. Sun and air conditioning wreak havoc on hair. Keep it healthy and shiny with a weekly deep-conditioning treatment (Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask, $29), and throw a leave-in spray with SPF in your beach tote to spritz hair anytime it needs smoothing and protecting (Aveda Suncare Protective Hair Veil, $26).

3. Go with the flow. Your hair’s natural texture is going to come out guns blazing on a sweltering day. Don’t fight it with a flat iron unless you’re prepared to lose the battle

4. Just add product. Now is not the time to leave hair to its own devices. Scrunch in a grooming cream to help smooth and define waves (LiQWD The Perfect Wave, $22), and finish any style with a frizz-shielding hair spray (Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray, $38). 

5. Have a bad hair day. Braids and messy top buns are all the rage right now, as are head scarves and even turbans. Embrace any one of these trends and no one will know that you’re having a bad hair day!

Read more of Elizabeth’s musings at Beauty Bets.



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