Healthy Hair in Florida
One of the reasons why you moved to Florida was for the warm weather, world-famous beaches, and some of the top tourist destinations in America. Unfortunately, one of the things that you probably didn’t anticipate was the amount of damage that the sun, sea, humidity, tap water and chlorine can have on our hair. Not surprisingly, being in a more arctic climate can also wreak havoc on your hair. You spend a lot of your income on haircuts, treatments and color, don’t let the climate and weather ruin your healthy hair.
Your Hair Hates The Word “Moist” Too
Contrary to what you may think, the Florida humidity can have a detrimental effect on your hair, especially in those brutal months like July and August. Depending on the type of hair you have the moisture in the hair from the humid weather will either create frizz or weigh down your curls. Even straight-haired girls will struggle to hold down style or curls in the humidity.
The Science Behind The Floridian Heat And The Tap Water
One those days when heat and humidity is unbearable, your hair is actually reacting to the humidity via molecular charges. Your hair is hygroscopic, which means that it is able to exchange water molecules with moist or dry air. Dry air will drive water molecules from your hair into the environment, but humidity will have the opposite effect on hair. This causes the swelling of hair, even as much as 16% diameter in humidity.
How To Protect Your Tresses Against The Humidity
The good news is, there is plenty that you can do to protect your healthy hair from dryness in a climate like Orlando. It will take some effort on your part to be willing to fight off the humidity and hard water from the tap.
Moisturize your hair
When your hair frizzes due to the humidity, a conditioner will help you tame your tresses. A good hair conditioner will protect your hair from humidity and eliminate frizz. When hair is dry, it absorbs moisture from the environment. The drier your hair, the worse the frizzing and flopping of your locks. Jenn suggests deep conditioning to nourish your hair and keeping it in great condition. Find a finishing spray that promotes anti-frizz or humidity protection. These sprays work like a conditioner, and add a fine misting of essential oils.
Once a week, use a leave-in hair conditioning treatment, which will restore lost moisture to your locks. Find a leave-in conditioner that has anti-humectant properties, which means it will prevent hair from drawing moisture out of the air.
Shampoo every other day
Contrary to what you may think, it’s not always good for your hair if you are shampooing your hair every day. Constant shampooing strips your hair of its natural oils. As an alternative, you can condition everyday without damaging your hair.
Build and Strengthen Hair
When it comes to the hotter and more humid months of the year, your hair is more likely to feel dried out from the salt water and sun. Whenever you are in the sun, the ocean or a pool, you are damaging your hair. Jenn suggests using a strength builder before going out in the heat. This will put protein back into your hair.
If you have the type of hair that turns into a frizzy mess in the humidity, use a humidity resistant oil for hair protection. You can spray it into your hair or into your hand and rub it through your hair.
Air dry vs blow dry
In the oppressive Florida humidity, blow drying your hair will dehydrate it, which is the absolute last thing that you want for it.
Taking care of your hair isn’t a chore, it’s also a part of your overall health and wellness. You’ll see a difference in your hair’s health when you visit a professional hair dresser like Jenn at Vinaccia Hair Goddess. Jenn is located on 157 E Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789. Ready to transform your hair’s look, feel and vitality? Schedule an appointment today. Call Jenn at (407)900-3656 or set one up here.