Got Thin Hair? This Genius Volumising Hack Is 100% Free
After what seems like an eternity of cold and rainy winter days (by Australian standards at least), the weather is finally starting to heat up. The sunny season is well and truly upon us, and along with bronzed skin and eye-poppingly bright pedicures, there's one less-fun beauty thing that always makes itself known around this time of year—hard-to-wrangle hair. Just when you thought you'd figured out the trick to keeping your hair frizz-free, spring comes along bringing its best mate humidity with it, to rain on your proverbial parade. If that's not annoying enough, there's myriad other bad hair day-inducing weather issues to deal with. Arguably the worst of these is when sweat and humidity combine to turn freshly washed strands both flat and greasy at the same time. (Why, universe, why?) If this is something you deal with around this time of year, you're in luck. In addition to an instant volumising trick that's 100% free, we've got three other life-changing hair hacks every girl needs to survive the sunny season. Keep scrolling for more.
when high humidity turns your hair flat
No matter how much time you invest in layering salt spray, volumising dust and texturising hairspray, sometimes all it takes is stepping outside the safety of an air conditioned apartment to zap the body from your hair. But, aside from toting a jumbo-sized bottle of dry shampoo everywhere you go, is there an on-the-go fix? According to Isabelle Jackson, creative director of Bondi hotspot Hair Cartel, all you need to restore your hair to its former voluminous glory is a bathroom with a hand dryer. "Tip your head upside down under the dryer and rub your fingers into the roots of your hair—the heat and movement will reactivate your styling products for instant volume," she says. Here's hoping you can locate a bathroom not decked out with Dyson Airblades...
when you get caught in the summer rain
As if humidity wasn't enough of a punish to deal with in the warmer months, if you're unlucky enough to get caught in a summer downpour, you can bet frizzy hair is on the horizon. According to Jackson, there's a quick fix for rain-induced flyaways and it involves a handbag staple every Aussie girl swears by—paw paw cream. "Let's face it, that little red tube is the one thing every girl has in her bag," she says. The trick to using this emollient balm to smooth out your strands is to only add a teensy amount at a time, lest you go from frizzy to greasy. "I work a small amount between the palms of my hands then run my fingers through my hair—the paw paw cream acts like a barrier to rain and humidity," she says.
when You get hot, and your hair gets greasy
It isn't easy to remain cool, calm and collected when the sun is practically scorching the earth outside. While opting for a braided updo is never a bad idea on hot nights, sometimes you just want to wear your hair out. (All the better for flicking in the hot bartender's general direction.) If you tend to get sweaty or you're planning a solid session on the D-floor, Jackson suggests stashing a pint-sized can of dry shampoo in your clutch. "If I feel my hair getting greasy, I blast my roots section by section, then shake it all out," she says. If your venue of choice doesn't allow aerosols, opt for a non-aerosol formula instead.
when the bathroom mirror shows up greys
That you will not notice you're seriously in need of a root touch-up until you're already out and about is a thing any woman with greys knows to be true. Happily, there is an instant fix, and it also happens to be product-free. "If you spot a few greys in the bathroom mirror, the best quick fix is to part your hair to the other side to mask your part-line," says Jackson. If you happen to see them before you leave home, a quick application of a root touch-up product like John Frieda's Root Blur will buy you some time 'til your next colour appointment.