Expert Tips for Fighting Humidity Frizz

Advice on harnessing that mane, right this way.
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We all love summer, but there are definitely some beauty challenges to overcome. There's sunburn, bug bites, weird tan lines, and the worst of them all: Frizzy hair.

With a little bit of planning (check your weather app the night before!) and some beauty routine flexibility, you don't need to have another bad summer hair day and resort to wearing a turban. (Although the Marc by Marc Jacobs head wraps are pretty cute in a pinch.)

Click through for tons of great tips and product recommendations from our fave hair experts.

Prep properly:

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Photo: Getty

Unless you don't care about your bangs becoming one giant spit curl by 10am, you need to plan a bit in advance for a humid day, because there are definitely a few preventative measures that you can take.

First of all, always use a conditioner after you shampoo, advises stylist Michael Van Clarke. "If you don’t condition and only shampoo, it will make the hair look a bit fluffier," Van Clarke told me.

Next, be strategic about what you put in your hair prior to drying. If you have curly hair, you should use some mousse, my long-time Aveda hair stylist, Misty Miller, told me. "It works best on wavy or naturally curly hair," she said. "It's great at taming frizz while defining curl."

Serums and creams are also useful pre-drying. "Serums tend to work better blow dried into hair," celeb stylist Luke Chamberlain, who's done red carpet hair for Kate Bosworth and Nicole Richie, told me. Opt for a cream if your ends are really dry, which is common with color-treated hair.

And finally, never leave the house with wet hair. You want to get things under control before you set foot out the door. "Whether you air or blowdry, make sure it’s completely dry and seal it with an anti-frizz serum," said Chamberlain.

Try:Living Proof No-Frizz Conditioner, $24 • Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum, $30 • Phyto Professional Glossing Cream, $24 • Fredric Fekkai Essential Shea Pot de Creme, $30 • Frizz-Ease Take Charge Curl Boosting Mousse, $5.99

It's all about technique:

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A good blow dry starts with the right brush. Van Clarke acknowledges that those metal brushes that don't have a lot of bristles are easy to use and don't tangle, but a brush with dense, uneven bristles (he likes this one) gives you a smoother blow dry. The brush needs to "grip" the hair and generate enough tension or the end result won't be as smooth. He feels that the metal brushes don't supply enough tension.

Chamberlain has a good tip for getting some extra oomph out of your blowdry: Run your brush through your hair like you usually do while blowdrying, apply heat, then take the heat away while still pulling your hair taut with the brush at the end of the hair; hold for a few seconds. This will set your style and add smoothness.

Embrace your waves:

Beach wave poster girl, Gisele. (Photo: Getty)

Beach wave poster girl, Gisele. (Photo: Getty)

A recurrent piece of advice from the stylists was, "Don't fight what nature gave you." Chamberlain recommends enhancing natural waves with a beach spray and just letting your hair air dry. You can apply some heat at the ends just to smooth it out a bit if this option stresses you out.

Laini Reeves, who styles Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, has another idea, involving one of her favorite natural styling products, Nohona Coconut oil. "Towel dry the hair, put a little bit of coconut oil in, twist the hair really tight all the way down to the ends, and tie it back in a little knot on the back of the head," she recommended. "Let it dry on its own. Once you pull it out, you’ve got a really lovely dried wave and the coconut oil seals it." [Ed. note: The oil smells delicious and comes in the cutest mermaid bottle.]

Or don't intervene at all and take the advice of Rossano Ferretti, who gave Kate Middleton her last hair cut before she gave birth. "When hair is curly, it becomes curlier in humidity. And I want you to leave it curly," he told me. "I don’t like treatments that straighten hair and destroy the hair. Why do you want to do that to your hair everyday?" Well, sometimes we just have to, but it's a point well taken.

Try:Nohona Coconut Oil, $20 • L'Oréal EverStyle Texture Series Beach Spray, $5.99 • Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, $25

Humidity-friendly styles:

Petra Nemcova gets it. (Photo: Getty)

Petra Nemcova gets it. (Photo: Getty)

Several of the stylists mentioned that ponytails and braids are humidity-friendly styles, which seems obvious, but the trick is to control those annoying little hair line frizzies. Enter your new humidity secret weapon: Wax.

Chamberlain and Reeves both recommended keeping a wax stick handy. If your hair is fairly unruly, run some wax through your hair prior to braiding. If you're just worried about the hair line, slick on a bit after styling and it will stay put.

Try:Tigi Bed Head Hair Stick Wax, $20.99 • Aveda Light Elements Shaping Wax, $24

Finish it off:

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Photo: Getty

Don't skip the final product step.

Serums act like "cling wrap," according to Van Clarke, which is a good thing when it comes to humidity. Your goal is to keep the moisture away from your hair, because it "bends" the hair, resulting in more waves. So finish off ends with a serum (yes, even if you used it pre-blowdry) or a good anti-frizz hairspray. You can use a light misting of hairspray all over your braid or ponytail, too, on top of the wax.

Try:Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray, $22.20 • L'Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray, $14.99

Or just give up:

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Photo: Imaxtree

...and go for the full Prada Fall 2013 wet look.