Post-July and pre-Labor Day: we’re deep into summer time, seize a seat. But don’t sit for too lengthy as a result of you understand how that goes… 90 diploma warmth plus humidity as snug as a moist sweater results in boob sweat, after which thigh sweat, after which sure, pricey previous buddy, butt sweat. So are you up now? Great. Just watch out as you get strolling since thigh chafe has a humorous means of displaying up lately. And then look down at these toes of yours—10 piggly wigglies, how cute! But beneath? Quelle horreur! City filth glued to the underside of your toes, proper the place they meet your sandals. You can deo to oblivion, calm down together with your transportable fan, anti-chafe your legs and wipe away the horrors that lurk in your toes. But please, of all of the summer time magnificence woes you’d like to deal with I’m telling you now: give in to humidity hair.
Humidity! I perceive its unhealthy rap. She’s an uncomfortable bitch you’ve acquired to stay with. And for a very long time I hated what it did to my hair greater than the rest. The hair that I spent hours straightening within the rest room, as I wore a whisper of clothes in order to not instantly undo my arduous work, solely to observe it poof out like a Chia Pet on Miracle Grow the second I stepped previous my entrance door’s threshold. My poor husband, who likes his showers alarmingly sizzling and steamy, would get learn the riot act if he dared to cleaning soap up after I’d already accomplished my hair. “You’re married to a Black woman with Black hair!” Our rest room partitions would echo if they might discuss. “Cut these hot showers out!”
Even once I’d put on my hair curly, I’d battle humidity frizz like I had one thing to show. The content material of my curl lotions was extra silicone-laden than a Beverly Hills physician’s workplace. I had de-frizz hair sheets—like dryer sheets, however on your head. And the anti-frizz sprays! So many. While a few of these issues actually did work at avoiding the inevitable humidity poof for some time, what I’ve discovered by all these years is one thing I by no means anticipated in any respect. I like my humidity hair.
I like what humidity does to my hair a lot that I’m upset I didn’t come to this conclusion lengthy earlier than. The humidity delivers what no product or machine can do. Those tiny water molecules plump my curls, and provides it levity and weightless bounce. The flyaways are charming! Why did I wish to give this all up? I’ve a buddy who was lightyears forward of me on this one. She’s a singer, and he or she’d heat her vocal chords in her rest room whereas the bathe ran sizzling. As the steam helped her hit all the proper notes, she observed that her curls would spring into motion as properly. And then extra not too long ago a buddy was raving about her new humidifier buy. “Is it doing wonders for your skin?” I requested. “Maybe, but my curls have never looked more alive!”
These days my curl routine has by no means been easier. After a co-wash or shampoo and conditioner session, I dry off with a microfiber towel. And then I add a contact of curl cream, and that’s it. If I’m fortunate and humidity strikes on wash day, I do know my curls will dry with an additional bounce. And on much less humid days I manufacture my very own climate with a humidifier of my very own. I’ve spent God is aware of how a lot on anti-frizz this, anti-frizz that, however please take this recommendation above all else: cease preventing and provides in. You’ll like what you see.
Photo through ITG