How to Beat Frizz on Rainy Spring Days

Spring is in the air, and here in central Indiana, that means rain is too. The added humidity can wreak havoc on your hair if you don't take some precautions, especially if you have naturally curly or wavy hair. Read on for tips on how to combat the frizz—and how to stop it from happening in the first place.

If you usually straighten your hair, a rainy day is a good opportunity to give your iron a rest. Fighting your hair’s natural texture when humidity levels are high is often a losing battle. The rainy environment will probably cause it to go right back to the way it was before, so why fight it? Rock your curly or wavy hair loose around your face, or pop it up in a messy bun. A sleek pony works well in situations when messy hair won’t cut it.

Can’t imagine skipping the straightener, even for a day? Here are some tips to make your style last as long as possible:

  • Frizzing is caused by hair attracting the moisture in the air, so you need to add moisture to the entire hair strands so they become less of a target. When you apply product, make sure to work it in from root to tip. This will also keep hair weighed down and stop flyaways.
  • Use a lightweight shampoo and conditioner that don’t contain drying ingredients like alcohol. Salon-quality products are your safest bet. Check out Redken's Frizz Dismiss line, or, if you have colored hair, Pureology's Super Smooth System.
  • After your shower, don’t rub your hair with a terry-cloth towel—it’s too rough and will cause too much friction. Instead, blot hair dry, preferably with a microfiber towel.
  • Before you blow-dry, apply a moisturizer like Redken's Frizz Dismiss lotion spray or Pureology's Super Smooth smoothing cream. Blow-dry with a round brush and dry hair completely to seal in the moisture.
  • Turn your flatiron to its lowest heat setting before using it.
  • Finally, apply anti-frizz cream or serum (Redken's Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate serum is a good choice). You can also apply a layer of hairspray to finish.
  • Avoid touching your hair throughout the day, since this can cause static and frizz. But you don't have to freak out about it. Products like Redken's new Frizz Dismiss finishing sheets make it easy to tame fly-aways and remove static.

If the rain has already done its damage and you’re looking at a head full of frizz in the mirror, there are a few things you can do to get things back on track. Hand dryers can be used to dry out soaked strands so it doesn’t get worse. It’s a good idea to keep an anti-frizz serum handy for these moments, or a dab of hand lotion can do the job in a pinch.