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How to manage curly hair in wet weather

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Curly hair tips for rainy days

Don't let a rainy day spoil your beauty routine. During wet weather, curly hair tends to get frizzed out and unmanageable. But don't get frazzled; follow these hair tips and suggestions to look your best even when it's pouring outside.

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Start with a good cut

No matter the texture of your hair, you need to have a good cut. Curly hair looks best in a layered haircut that isn't too short. If you go much shorter than chin level, you may end up looking like a clown. To keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, get it trimmed every 6-8 weeks to eliminate split ends.

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Use a leave-in conditioner

To manage your curls, use a leave-in conditioner. Curly hair tends to get dry, rough and unruly due to the turns in the hair, which cause the cuticles to weaken and lift. Leave-in conditioner helps smooth the cuticle, resulting in more defined curls and less frizz.

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Reduce the frizz

Speaking of frizz, curly hair tends to get frizzy as the humidity rises. Therefore in rainy, wet weather, you need to do everything you can to reduce the frizz. Pick shampoo and conditioner created specifically for curly hair and give yourself a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Hair serums and pomades can also reduce frizz. Cover your hair at night, or sleep on a silk pillowcase. Traditional cotton pillowcases can increase static and frizz in curly hair.

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Pull it up

In wet weather, your best bet is to pull your hair up. You have a variety of options from a messy updo to braids. Invest in fun hair accessories. Colorful scarves, funky headbands, crystal hair clips and other hair accessories can add some variety to your look while keeping your hair in place in wet, rainy weather.

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