By Ashley Peters
Humidity is real and it’s a beast. Here in Virginia just when you think it can’t get any hotter… it does… and its sidekick humidity has shown up too! So how in the world are you supposed to combat this for you everyday & your wedding? We have some tips to save your looks.
Let’s tackle at home first. At home hair styling can be broken down into 3 parts: products, prep and style.
Pick products that have anti humectant properties to them. This puts a layer between your hair and the moisture in the air that causes a style to loose its shape. You should be layering your products. Shampoos and conditioners with protein and moisture help but don’t forget leave-in conditioner that balances pH and fills porus holes (which we all have). Next use a styling cream, gel or balm that again is anti humectant, & anti frizz on the hair while it’s damp. After you’ve styled your hair finish it will an anti humidity spray (like Moon Landing from R+ Co) &/or hairspray. This will secure the look.
When it comes to prep think about how your hair reacts to humidity. Does it go limp or does it grow like a chia pet? If it goes limp you may want to add some lift at least to the roots. If it frizzes and grows a blowout will put tension on the hair that will force it smooth. If you’re trying to be as heat-free as possible that’s A-OK but you may want to consider just a little lift or a little heat and tension once it’s 90% air dry just to give a bit of umph in the right direction.
As for styling choose styles that are conducive to the weather. Styles with less structure (such as down styles) tend to be more likely loose shape as nothing is forcing them to stay put. You may want to consider braids or a bun. If you are dead set to have you hair down then set those curls. This will allow the curl to “freeze” in place and allow for the best chance of longevity.
Now battling humidity on your wedding day follows a similar thought process but before we get to that some other things to consider. Certain wedding dates and locations tend to be more humidity prone than others. For instance May and June in Virginia are much more likely to be humid than September. The reason I compare these specific months is that the imagery and greenery tends to be similar so if you have the luxury of choosing a less humid month it may be something worth considering. There’s a reason why July is not as popular of a wedding month.
Your stylist should be essentially going through the same steps that you would at home with products, prep and style. The only way to be sure though is to ask and snoop. Ask what their approach is to combatting humidity. Do they seem confident or pessimistic? Ask to see photos from weddings done in the most humid months because if they can handle that then they can handle less humid months. Ask to see photos of all hair types. Fine hair tends to go flat and curly or textured hair tends to frizz so be on the watch for those things images. Bonus point if you can manage to snag images of early in the day and late at night to see how the style held up. If they only give you a select bunch check out all their social media platforms and of course reviews to sniff out the truth.
When it comes to choosing your style make sure to have an honest conversation with your stylist. While they shouldn’t be pessimistic about dealing with humidity they need to have a realistic conversation. A down hairstyle in the middle of July is not logistically going to be advised by any stylist but if you’re dead set on that look then your stylist needs to create a game plan as well as communicate that. It most likely should be something like prepping your hair and setting the curls first thing in the schedule then releasing the style close to the end to give those curls the best chance of survival. If you are open to ideas or options consider an updo or something with some structure, (like a cascading style). Styles like a cascading look can give the vibe of a down look with far more structure.
If your hair tends to frizz a ton you make want to get a blowout the day before to help smooth the hair at a standard blow out bar. There is the option of a permanent or semi permanent straightener that can just reduce frizz but make sure to do your research if this is a path you wish to go down. While they are effective they can be harsh o hair strand.
Finally, do not be opposed to products. Products will be used and there will likely be a lot of them. No your hair won’t look crunchy nor will it feel like a helmet. Products should be layered. However, if you expect no or minimal products then your look will not last and that’s just the honest truth. Trust your stylist and together you can win the battle against humidity.
Humidity doesn’t stand a chance at ruining a good hair day with these simple guidelines. It will of course take some practice and playing with quantity as well as types of products to find your perfect cocktail. Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out !
Ashley Peters is an American based hairstylist, author and business owner. While many of her brides are stateside she is available for destination weddings worldwide. She is passionate about animal advocacy, connecting through travel, art and always learning something new. When her hands aren’t in hair you’ll find her on a hiking trail, with a good book or off on a crazy adventure with her husband, pups and soy vanilla latte in hand. Read Ashley’s articles