Oh, the humidity!
Does this monsoon humidity have you struggling with your hair? Have you been wearing a LOT of ponytails and braids? Well, we are part of the lucky crowd (depending on how you feel about it) but we really only have high humidity for a couple of months per year. Living in the high desert, we experience our own 'monsoon season' and for 3-4 months we get crazy afternoon thunderstorms. Add the heat of almost 100* with that and we have flat or poofy, unmanageable hair, depending on how lucky you are ;).
If you have length, you are one of the lucky ones. You get to pull it back in a ponytail or braid. If you are like me and don't, you're pretty limited in your options to style. For me, this results in fuzzy, poofy, Texas-like hair. And if I get caught in the rain, forget about it. I've been researching the Curly Girl method. Obsessively. Reading and asking questions about curls and how to manage them and I now understand the need for this knowledge during this monsoon season. There are many rules and guidelines. It kind of blows my hairdresser mind! (more on that in another post!)
What I have been able to do with it, is little ponytails, twists back with a lot of bobby pins and hats. Yes, hats. And I'm not really even a hat person!
Beyond those quick fixes, I've found that Paul Mitchell has a couple of great products that help with the humidity. A favorite has the Invisible Wear Mousse because it's so great at blocking the affects of humidity as I dry and style. I've also become a fan of the Awapuhi Wild Ginger Anti-Frizz Hairspray. If I can manage to get my hair curled in my air conditioned bathroom and a good coat of this hairspray on, then, not all is lost with my hair. The only hard part it, the hairspray was introduced to us at the Paul Mitchell hair show in Vegas and it's not readily available just yet! Monsoon season is almost over and we will be back to normal, and my curls will last 3-4 days!
If you all have any suggestions about how to handle the humidity a little better, please let me know!