You know the situation: You just blow-dried and styled your hair, and then you walk outside and it looks like you stuck your finger in an electrical socket. The worst! Humidity can be great for our skin, but our hair? Not so much. Humidity weakens (and sometimes even breaks) the hydrogen bonds in the hair, causing the cuticle to lift up, which means frizz, frizz and more frizz. It’s also worse the more porous your hair is. Here, the top anti-humidity hair products we recommend for fighting off frizz.
A cult-classic beloved by celebs and stylists, this innovative spray uses a heat-activated polymer technology to form a “raincoat” on the hair that repels moisture. However, the secret lies in the formulation because you’d assume this would weigh the hair down, but it doesn’t, and it doesn’t leave it greasy either.
Virtue Un-Frizz Cream ($44)
When humidity strikes, swap out your usual styling cream for this frizz fighter, which relies on the brand’s patented Alpha Keratin 60ku protein to bind to the hair and fill in cracks in the cuticle. The result? Smoother, shinier, softer hair. Plus, it also comes in a travel size, so you never have to be without it on vacation (especially in those humid, tropical climates).
Combat humidity with a few spritzes of this new double-duty hairspray, which is also great for calming static. “Living in the Pacific Northwest, Humidity Rx is an absolute must!” says brand educator and hairstylist Kimberly Benoit. “Having natural textured hair, I am prone to frizz. Humidity Rx is the ‘umbrella in a can’ for me.” It’s also vegan and smells great.
If frizz is a major concern, start your prevention plan in the shower with a shampoo that’s specifically formulated to tackle the issue head-on. This sulfate-free formula, which was designed with curls in mind, features an Anti-Frizz Nano Technology to protect the hair from humidity, heat and UV damage. Ouidad also added ceramides to keep the curls nourished, never stripped.
This ultra-fine, vegan styling mist offers frizz control in addition to heat protection (up to 450 degrees!), and we love that it’s much more sheer than an oil or a cream. Chock-full of strengthening agave leaf extract, hydrating prickly pear seed oil and repairing moringa leaf extract, it’s the perfect product to help your hair survive a heat wave.
You may not consider a volumizing and texturizing product to also be good for frizz control, but this vegan formula is a true multitasker. Natural althea rosea extract and hydrolyzed corn starch add a bit of volume and grit while simultaneously smoothing the cuticle, which is a tough job to master. A blend of aloe, amaranth seed, rosemary oil, jojoba oil, meadowfoam seed, grape seed oil, and shea butter nourish and moisturize strands of all types and textures.