When we talk about what moisturizes curls, most curlies think it's oils. However, moisture is just water. Any form of water is hydrating, and it's the only natural source of hydration that will replenish your hair and body. So let's break down what moisture means to your curls so they can start living their best life.
The dew point for curlies is the weather-related hydration that affects us most, not humidity. Surprised? The dew point and humidity are connected but not the same. Dew point is the temperature the air needs to be at to achieve relative humidity. The colder the weather, the lower the dew point, and the warmer the weather, the higher the dew point. The higher the dew point, the more water in the air. More water in the air can lead to frizz.
When it comes to your curly hair routine, think of the dew point as one of your products. In summer, the dew point is higher and will act as a natural humectant. Unfortunately, too much humidity is not a good look for curls. So as we head into the warmer months, you want to create some balance between the air and your curls.
I suggest using non-humectant products that repel some moisture in the air preventing your hair from expanding faster than you wanted it to. This will keep your curls condensed and defined on those high dew point days.
So during both the winter and summer months, schedule a series of Micro Mist Treatments and add a moisture mask to keep your hair balanced. Some great moisture-based masks are Melt Into Moisture by DevaCurl or the Hydrating Hair Mask by Innersense Organic Beauty. Both products help your curls attract the hydration needed in colder weather and avoid breakage and poor elasticity.
However, when the temperatures start to rise, and we head into the warmer weather, a change in your curly hair routine is a must. Deep condition, and than deep condition some more. Starting the summer with dry and damaged hair puts you at a disadvantage. Your curls are looking for whatever moisture they can find and hold onto, so make sure YOU are the one giving it to them! Try using an anti-frizz serum or cream, then top with aloe-based gel, and never leave the house without your humidity shield spray, like the one from Living Proof and Amika. Don't forget to allow your curls to completely dry and set before going outside. This way you know your hair shaft is closed and it won't immediately take on excess moisture in the air which will cause your curls to separate and frizz.
Happy moisturizing all year round, curlfriends!