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When heat and moisture combine, they create the perfect hair storm for frizz-prone folks. You know what we mean: those days when no frizz serum in the world is strong enough to keep your hair from puffing, fuzzing, and generally giving up on you. To humidity-proof your hair, choosing the right hairstyle can be just as important as what styling products you use.
Getting hair up and off your face, neck, and/or shoulders with smart styling goes a long way toward preventing frizz. For frizz-fighting hairstyles, think beyond the basic ponytail to more creative options like braids, buns, cornrows, ponytails, and twists. We tapped a slew of hair experts to bring you our favorite DIY hairstyles. These looks will keep you looking your best all day long—come hell or high humidity.
Keep scrolling for 30 humidity-proof hairstyles that fight frizz.
The topknot never fails when it comes to battling frizz. The look can be worn half-up or pulled entirely off the face for more humidity-fighting power. Not to mention, it works even better on second-day hair, Franck Izquierdo, hairstylist and co-founder of IGK, tells us. To get the look, he instructs:
- Section off about one-third of your hair at the front of your head.
- Create a ponytail using that top section and secure it with a clear hair tie or pins.
- Wrap your ponytail up in a clockwise direction to create a knot.
- Add some hairpins and spray IGK Beach Club Volume Texture Spray ($31) to set and enhance shine.
If you've got natural hair, cornrows are a surefire way to not only protect your strands but keep them looking stylish, too. A lengthy mane like Tayshia Adams's really allows you to show them off. After creating cornrows, "use a bit of the R+Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil ($66) on the hands to smooth any unwanted frizz or flyaways," instructs Clariss Rubenstein, hairstylist and R+Co Collective member. Then finish with a light-hold hairspray.
Sleek low buns, like Bella Hadid's, are great for styling hair on a rainy day. They also transition well from day to night. To prep and humidity-proof hair, Aaron Grenia, stylist and IGK cofounder recommends first applying a smoothing cream like IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Anti-Frizz Smoothing Balm ($33). Then, to cultivate her slicked-back style, he advises:
- Create a deep side part that starts above the arch of one brow.
- Brush hair back and twist tightly into a bun.
- Add as many bobby pins as you need to secure the bun.
- Finish with a light-hold hairspray to tame flyaways and lock in shine.
Baby French Braid
A hairline braid takes care of the pieces along your face that tend to spring up at the first sign of moisture. "This works even better on day-two hair for a textured look," Grenia says. Simply, create loose waves throughout your hair and then use a comb to slightly part hair to the side, he advises. On the side of the head under your part, grab a section of hair and begin French braiding. Secure with a bobby pin, spray with texturizing spray, and voila! You've got yourself a baby French braid.
Never underestimate a classic bun. A few strategically placed bobby pins and the right hair products make Renée Elise Goldsberry's high, ballerina bun work in any weather. Stylist and IGK cofounder Chase Kusero explains how to get this simple look that makes a statement:
Side Fishtail Braid
You can never go wrong with a quick and easy side braid. This fun style keeps your hair off your neck and face, leaving you cool and frizz-free throughout the day. If you're feeling fancy, try a fishtail and top it off with some decorative bobby pins. To get this flirty fishtail, Franck Izquierdo instructs:
- Use a comb to create a deep side part.
- Secure with accessory pins at brow level.
- Gather hair to the side and make two even sections.
- Make a fishtail braid by taking a piece of hair from the outside of one of the sections and pulling it over and across to join the inside of the other section.
- Repeat on the other side and continue along the length of your hair before tying with a clear elastic.
- Pull out a few face-framing sections of hair to give your braid a casual look.
- Finish the style with a flexible-hold hairspray.
Messy Low Braid
Amanda Seyfried shows just how glam a basic braid can be, especially with some messy texture. Always use finishing spray on a look like this to prevent it from falling flat in humid conditions. To replicate, Kusero offers his advice:
- Blow-dry your hair and apply volumizing spray at the roots to create volume and lift.
- Tease the roots and pull your hair back.
- Begin creating a French banane (aka a French twist) by grabbing hair near the crown and twisting. Keep the twist secure by adding a few bobby pins.
- Take loose hair and create a low classic braid, securing it with a clear hair tie.
- Finish with texturizing spray.
Even a relative hairstyling rookie can pull off Jasmine Tookes's chic braided topknot. Still, Franck Izquierdo offers us some pointers. First, "Gather your hair and brush super high to create a ponytail". Next, braid your ponytail and secure it with a clear elastic. Wrap the braid around the base of your ponytail and pin it in place with bobby pins. Finish with a flexible-hold hairspray.
Bling Empire star Christine Chiu makes her tousled hair texture work in this stylishly mussed-up milkmaid braid. And with just a few simple steps, Franck Izquierdo says you can achieve this hairdo, too: "Part your hair in the middle, then divide it into two even sections. Braid each section regularly, and secure the ends with a clear elastic. Next, flip the braids up and over the top of your head, and secure them there with bobby pins." Finish with a light-hold hairspray.
For a softer, messier look, Franck Izquierdo suggests lightly tugging the loops of the braids outward and freeing a few strands of hair so that they fall around your face.
Busy Phillips's dip-dyed pigtail braids place a modern spin on an old classic. To copy her whimsical 'do, use a temporary color like Overtone Extreme Blue Coloring Conditioner ($25) to tint a few inches at the ends of your hair, following package instructions. Grenia also suggests:
- Spray dry shampoo throughout hair to give it some texture.
- Part hair down the center.
- Apply texturizing spray from roots to ends to give hair body and grip.
- On one side of the head, take a handful of hair next to the ear, split it into three sections, and make a French braid.
- Secure braid with an elastic at the nape of the neck.
- French-braid the other side of your head, and secure it with an elastic, too.
Braided High Ponytail
We love the gorgeous texture of Halle Berry's braided pony. Apart from looking gorgeous, it's totally DIYable. Leo Izquierdo, stylist and co-founder of IGK, tells us how: "Gather all hair into a clean high ponytail and tie it up. Then, take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around your hair tie to conceal it, pinning it in place with a bobby pin underneath the base of the ponytail. "Once tightly secured, start braiding the ponytail into a thick braid, going thinner as you go down. Use a small amount of IGK Crybaby Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum ($28) to tame frizz. Once the braid is done, secure with an invisible hair band," he instructs.
Low Bun With Clips
Blogger Leonie Hanne is giving us '90s flashbacks (in a good way) with this bun-and-hair-clip combo, the perfect hairstyle for getting unruly bangs out of the way. To get her throwback style, Leo Izquierdo advises that you blowdry hair smooth, part down the center, and brush into a low pony. Add a dime-size amount of frizz serum to your palm, rub it between your hands, and smooth your hands over your hair to keep it sleek. Next, take your ponytail and create a bun by twisting it clockwise. Secure with bobby pins and add barrettes or your accessory of choice.
In balmy weather, getting hair off your face and neck is the best solution for maintaining a hairstyle— like this fun, two-strand braided ponytail on Kate Bosworth. Hairstylist Adam Federico—hairstylist, director of content for R+Co and owner of AJF Salon—shares how to nail sporty sophistication:
- Mist hair with a volume and texture spray, focusing the application on the roots and mid-lengths.
- Using a boar-bristle brush, work hair into a high ponytail, securing with an elastic at the crown of the head.
- Reserve a one-inch section of your ponytail and wrap it around the elastic. Secure with a pin.
- Divide your ponytail into two sections and spray it with hairspray.
- Make a rope braid by twisting each section of hair and then twisting the two sides tightly together. Secure with a clear elastic.
- Finish with R+Co Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray ($32).
Jada Pinkett Smith's micro-braids are total hair goals. And can we just say that we love the way her topknot highlights her platinum extensions? After styling hair into micro-braids, carefully gather braids into a bun at the crown of the head, instructs Rubenstein. Then, using a small amount of hair oil, smooth the shorter hair on the sides and back of the head.
The tousled chignon is a signature look for Meghan Markle. And if it's good enough for royalty then it's more than good enough for us. To get her style, Howard McLaren, co-founder and creative director of R+Co, tells us to first blow-dry hair until smooth and to use a product that will protect hair from humidity. We're fans of Kenra Professional Perfect Blowout Light Hold Styling Crème ($18). To add volume, back-comb the hair at the crown. Then, create a ponytail, twist hair, and wrap it into a bun, securing in place with bobby pins.
Senegalese twists are a great protective style for natural hair, and we love actor Shahidah Omar's glossy rendition. Just keep in mind that they are a commitment. "Be prepared to invest up to six hours to create these twists. They require time, patience, and often the use of added synthetic hair. However, if cared for properly, the twists can last up to several months," says Federico. He instructs:
- To create an extreme side part, use a tail comb to separate hair, working up and over the head from one ear to the other.
- Style hair in Senegalese twists, working in sections.
- Finish the style with shine spray for a frizz-free, high-gloss finish.
Dutch Braid and Ponytail
If you tend to get frizzy around your hairline, try this ponytail-braid combo à la Pippa Middleton. "Blow dry your hair using Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray ($32)," says Leo Izquierdo. Next, create a deep side part on the left side of your head and begin weaving hair into a Dutch braid, starting from your part and moving down the hairline on the right side of your head. Secure the braid a few inches behind your ear by pinning it with two bobby pins arranged in an "X" shape. Finish by gathering hair into a ponytail.
Sleek Low Ponytail
The difference between your everyday low pony and this refined version on model Cindy Bruna? A clean center part and products that give hair shine and control. Once you part hair and create a low ponytail, McLaren says to take a section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the base to hide the elastic. Then, simply secure this section of hair with a bobby pin. Finish the look with shine serum and flexible-hold hairspray.
The best way to get a tight ponytail is to raise your head up while tying it, McLaren shares. That's because when the head is level, the nape is very tight, he explains.
Hairstyle chameleon Camila Cabello wore this cool fishtail ponytail to the Time 100 Next Gala. To get her look, Federico says to first prep hair with texturizing spray to give it grip. Then, follow his step-by-step instructions:
- Spray a boar-bristle brush with a flexible-hold hairspray and use it to work hair up and into a high ponytail. Secure it with a hair tie.
- Grab a two-inch section from the outside of the ponytail and wrap that around your elastic to conceal it. Secure with pins.
- Work a fishtail braid through the ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.
- Use the handle of a tail comb to pull out strands of hair around the hairline to create a romantic feel.
Low ponytails don't have to be boring—high ponytails neither. Leomie Anderson's cheerleader-esque pony is foolproof and frizz-fighting. Just keep in mind: "The placement of the ponytail is crucial for this look," says McLaren. You'll want to place it high atop your head for that "wow" factor. Wrapping a section of hair around your elastic is a quick and easy way to add a note of elegance, he adds. And don't forget to finish with a flexible-hold hairspray to keep your 'do in place and tame flyaways.
These double Dutch braids, worn by This Is Us actor Eris Baker, are equal parts sweet, chic, and practical for any season. To replicate, Federico suggests first parting hair down the center with a tail comb. Next, spray a boar-bristle brush with a frizz and static control spray—we're partial to Color Wow Dream Coat ($28)—gently combing from the part down to eliminate flyaways and achieve shine. Then, on one side of the head, create a Dutch braid starting at the hairline, curving around the head, braiding to ends, and securing with a clear elastic. Finish by repeating on the other side, he instructs.
Jenna Ortega's embellished bun is the perfect look for a party or other special occasion. R+Co co-founder and celebrity hairstylist Garren talks us through how to get her blinged-out bun:
- Pull hair up into a high ponytail, leaving a few short pieces in the front to add softness.
- Create a loose, three-piece braid and secure it with an elastic.
- Use a styling cream on the finished braid to keep it looking smooth.
- Circle the braid around the bun and tuck under, pinning in place with bobby pins.
- Grab a chain or necklace and weave it in and out of the braid. Secure it in place with bobby pins.
- Finish with light hold-hairspray and hair oil for shine.
Eva Longoria looks breathtaking with her long, tousled fishtail braid. With this visually effortless style, the key is not trying to achieve perfection. In fact, a little bit of humidity will actually help to enhance waves and natural texture. To replicate, side part your hair and create a fishtail starting at your part, moving down the hairline, and curving around your head. Spritz with Aquage Dry Texture Finishing Spray ($24) for that lived-in finish.
Half-Up Milkmaid Braid
We love pretty much everything Lucy Boynton does with her tousled, textured bob, including this cool headband braid. To get her it-girl style, Rubenstein advises prepping hair with texturizing spray. Then, Dutch braid a section of hair from behind one ear, braiding over the head and just behind the other ear. Secure the end of your braid with bobby pins. Lastly, spritz more texturizing spray on hair and tousle with your fingers.
Loose French Braid
French braids never really go out of style, as actor/singer Eiza González shows. McLaren suggests prepping damp hair with an alcohol-free mousse before blow-drying and loosely braiding. Not only will the mousse add volume to your hair, but it will also brush out easily and create waves when you take out your braid, he adds. Applying a light hair oil to hair will enhance shine and fight humidity, too.
The '90s called: Space buns are definitely cool again and so easy to style, too. According to Garren, apply styling cream to damp hair before blow-drying with a diffuser to enhance your natural texture. Then, part hair down the middle with a rat tail comb. "Don’t brush through it," he emphasizes. Instead, rake fingers through your hair or use a very large-tooth comb to keep texture sans fuzz. Follow by creating two ponytails on the top of the head. Take each tail and wrap it in a circle before pinning to unveil little buns. Finish by smoothing edges with Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Edge Control Smoother ($8) and dousing with a frizz-fighting hairspray.
Fancy-looking updos don't have to be hard to style, just look at model Taylor Hill as proof. Her Dutch-braided 'do would work just as well at a formal event as it would at a music festival. To achieve her versatile look, Garren says:
- Prep hair with styling cream and blowdry.
- Part your hair down the center and create two Dutch braids, one on each side of your head.
- At the nape of your neck, twist the ends of the braids together in a single chignon, he explains. Pin the chignon with bobby pins.
- Finish with a little bit of the cream to separate pieces at the front.
If you love braids but your styling skills are meh, opt for a bubble braid like the lovely Maria Menounos. It has the woven look of a braid but requires less time and styling savvy to achieve. Federico shows us how:
- Use a tail comb to part hair down the center.
- Spray the crown with AG Smooth Frizzproof ($26) and work through to the mid-lengths with a boar-bristle brush.
- Pull hair into a low ponytail, tying off with an elastic. Allow bangs to hang loose.
- Every two inches, going down the length of your ponytail, add another elastic.
- Create a bubble effect by using your fingers to gently pull out each section.
- Finish the look with hairspray.
Riley Keough's Dutch braid is so glamorous, and the messy texture makes her hair look impossibly thick. McLaren adds, "This style is looser, with hair pulled out a little from the braid base to give an undone look." To replicate, he instructs first prepping your hair with texturizing spray. Second, create a Dutch braid that starts at the crown of the head down to the ends of the hair. Gently pull on the sides of your braid with your fingers, starting from the top and moving to the bottom. Finish with shine spray to help fight frizz.
There's something so sweet and summery about Italian actress Giulia Elettra Gorietti's halo hairstyle. And by pulling the top half of hair back and into two braids, it is less likely to frizz up around the face. If you like what you see, Federico advises parting damp hair down the center and working a smoothing oil through mid-lengths and ends before air-drying. "Once completely dry, use a marcel wand to add uniformity to your natural wave pattern," he says (Hot Tools Professional 1" 24K Gold Marcel Iron/Wand, $50, will get the job done). Finish by braiding a small section of hair near the temples on each side of your head and tying ends together with a clear elastic.
How do I stop my hair from frizzing in humidity?
Keeping hair hydrated can help to reduce frizz. From washing to styling, you'll want to invest in products that moisturize strands and promote healthy hair. Think: anti-frizz shampoos, conditioners, oils, gels, etc.
How should you wear your hair when it's humid?
Updos—ponytails, buns, or braids, etc.—are popular styles to wear when it's humid out. Depending on your hair type and texture, humidity may cause your hair to frizz or fall flat. Avoid wearing hair down and loose—unless you use the right products.
Why is my hair so frizzy?
Humidity may exacerbate frizz, especially if hair is curly and/or dry. Dry hair will seek out moisture, including moisture in the air. It's important to hydrate hair with moisture-enriching products to reduce frizz.