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The dryer hair is, the more likely it is to suffer from a summer malady that’s even more irksome than mosquito bites: frizz.
That’s because parched hair soaks up the extra humidity in the air, causing the shaft to swell and leading to breaks in the cuticle. Hair puffs up and goes every which way but smooth.
Swimming beats up your hair, too. Take a plunge in a pool and while you’re doing the breaststroke, chlorine is stripping your hair of its natural protective oils. If you’re a blonde, you may find your locks taking on an unflattering greenish cast. That’s caused by the copper molecules and other pool chemicals that bind to the protein in the hair shaft.
A dip in the ocean stresses hair in another way. The heavy salt content in seawater draws water out of your hair and skin, Krant says. We end up with prune-y fingers and parched hair.
Summer doesn’t have to be the season of bad hair days. With some extra TLC, your hair can look great on the steamiest days. Here are some hot-weather tress-taming tips from Krant and Julia Papworth, a celebrity hairstylist who has worked with stars including Cameron Diaz, Elijah Wood, and Sarah Silverman.
But let’s face it: When the air is so thick with humidity it feels like molasses, frizz is going to happen. Don’t waste your summer trying to fight frizz. Instead, find an easy go-to hairdo like a slick pony, high bun, or side braid for those high-humidity days.