Don’t Let The Humidity Get Your Hair Down

Tropical-weather secrets to fuller, smoother and straighter hair

Don’t you just hate it when your hair starts to frizz the moment you step out of the house, after you’ve spent ages getting it styled perfectly? 

Thanks to Singapore’s humidity though, that’s a chemical reaction you just can’t change. Says hair expert and founder of Jeric Salon, Jeric See, “When the air is humid, there are high levels of hydrogen present in the atmosphere, and hydrogen bonds form between the proteins and water molecules in the hair. This results in hair becoming frizzy.”   

He adds, “Also, these hydrogen bonds last until hair is wet again. So if you didn’t bother combing your hair and went to bed with wet hair, you’ll most likely end up having a bad hair day when you wake.” 

FYI, damaged tresses are even more susceptible to frizz as such strands are often porous. According to See, if hair is porous, it will absorb even more moisture from the humidity in the air. “What happens then is that the hair starts to form a lot of hydrogen bonds, causing the strands to swell until the smooth cuticles are disrupted, which results in frizz.” 

So what’s a girl to do? Fortunately, See has plenty of advice for perfectly styled locks all day, any day. 

How can I combat frizzy hair?

Apply a leave-in conditioner, then blow-your hair immediately after showering. Letting hair naturally air-dry can cause it to “settle” into a poufy shape. 

Are silicone-infused products the only ones that can keep hair sleek?

A silicone-rich product is a short-term solution to a frizz-less result, but it just coats the hair and doesn’t actually treat or improve it. Look for products that are plant-based and can improve your hair condition while helping to reduce frizz. 

It’s also good to visit your salon for a hair treatment once a month. This will help restore any moisture that your hair may be lacking, so it won’t continue to “drink in” moisture from the air and frizz. 

Other haircare tips for smooth tresses?

It’s important to know your hair condition before getting any products. A professional hairstylist can give you a hair diagnosis before making a recommendation. This will set a clear picture of the right products you need.

Can using water to tame frizz help?

Running damp fingers through your hair just makes your mane absorb additional water on top of what it’s already drawing from the surrounding environment. This can lead to even more frizz. Instead, use a moisturising hair oil or leave-in conditioner to keep your hair smooth and manageable. 

Your daily frizz-free haircare routine

Step 1: Use an appropriate shampoo and conditioner for your hair needs. For damaged hair, try the Aveda Damage Remedy range, while dry locks will benefit from the brand’s Dry Remedy range.
Step 2: After towel-drying wet hair, apply a leave-in conditioner to prep the hair. This will not only protect against thermal damage from heated styling tools, but can help prevent frizz.
Step 3: Blow-dry hair and style as usual.
Step 4: Use a hair masque at least once a week as an intensive hair repair treatment. 

ELLE recommends

Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, $50.
Contains quinoa and wheat proteins to repair damaged cuticles while protecting against heat styling. Also has soy oil to help detangle hair for a smoother finish.


Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep-Smoother, $50.
Uses an exclusive plant blend of organic aloe, maize and guar bean to keep hair smooth and frizz-free. Also helps protect against humidity for up to 12 hours.

Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil, $50.
Infused with buriti oil that instantly moisturises dry hair while giving locks a healthy sheen.

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