Though I was mostly raised in the Canadian cold, frequent vacations to warmer climates and family trips to India brought a stark dose of heat, sweat, and humidity to my skin and hair.
While my skin mostly adjusted, my hair took a bit more time to catch up. My typical thirty-minute curling, straightening, or blow-dry routine would be undone within thirty seconds of being exposed to an Indian summer. No amount of hairspray was a match for the 120-degree heat — in fact, sometimes more product would only make it worse.
I settled into my natural frizz and came to complacently accept it when I was growing up. But, when I took my first job in Singapore, along with it came the necessity to look professional and put together at all times. My hair routine was competing against the ten-minute walk to the train, thirty-minute commute, and then another ten-minute walk to the office.
For the years I lived in Southeast Asia, I cycled through what must have been hundreds of products to curate the routine that was best for me, depending on the style I was going for or how my hair was behaving at the time. I had done so much research that I even curated routines for my friends — ones that some of them still thank me for today, years later.
Frizz is caused when hair gets over-heated and dry. We mindfully keep ourselves hydrated with fluids when we're out in the heat, and our hair needs the same attention. Since we don't need to be oiling our heads every twenty minutes while we're out, these products will keep your hair glossy, shiny, and frizz-free without the grease while you're out.
From gentle, vegan, cruelty-free products for silky straight locks to coarse, thick curls, these are the best sweat-proof, anti-humidity products for nearly every hair type:
This conditioning Raincry Boar Bristle brush is an essential for any hair type — because yes, the brush you use is extremely important
This Gisou honey hair mask you can leave on for five minutes if you have thin, fine hair, but I leave on overnight (despite the instructions) and wash out in the morning twice a week for maximum benefits
This GSQ by Glamsquad travel hair dryer with a narrow nozzle you'll want to take with you on every trip.
Note: I use this on towel-dried hair, focusing on the hair closest to the scalp that's most susceptible to frizz on medium heat, then solidify the style with a shot of cold air. High heat can actually irritate the scalp, making it frizz more easily.
This Sephora Collection Air Dry Cream if you only have thirty seconds to splash your hair with water and a dime-size amount of this while hopping in the Uber
This Rahua Smoothing Hair Balm for targeted frizz protection that works on any hair type — apply as little or as much as you need
Innersense's Foam Dry Shampoo refreshes your style but won't dry your strands out in the way most dry shampoos infamously do
The Ranavat Botanics Mighty Majesty hair oil smells like jasmine heaven, and gives the most brilliant shine to thick, coarse hair
OGX's Anti-breakage Serum is a necessity if you're breakage-prone and being out in the sun makes hair loss worse
Klorane's SOS Serum with peony goes directly on the scalp to calm sun-sensitive irritation that can lead to dry strands and frizz
Briogeo's line of soothing aloe and oat milk hair products were built by founder Nancy Twine to work on any hair type at all — a sensitive skin/scalp's dream
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