Southern Perspective: Summer hair? Don’t care! – Pensacola News Journal
While people in these parts have declared summer over and sent the kids back to school, no one told the weather. The heat and humidity won’t start to even think about leaving until at least mid-September. It’s like they’ve settled into our home as unwelcome guests … and they’re eating all the popsicles. We can’t even tell them to get out. Not that we would, because, duh, they’re our guests. Southern hosts never tell their guests, invited or not, to hit the road.
Ladies, that means you can count on summer hair until Heat and Humidity leave on their own. Let’s call them the ugly stepsisters of the Florida fairytale summer, each one just as invasive and rude as the other. They enjoy sitting on the front porch and cackling as they watch our hair droop and frizz when we walk by.
Some women, like me, suffer from the droop. It’s hot, short and simple. That means we sweat. Oops, pardon me, folks: We glow. As we glow brightly, each one of our thousands of individual hairs dies a singularly miserable death. Then, they all cling together for a last-ditch effort at life to finally end up as a fully-formed, unappealing, dead thing draping from our heads, on my head anyway. Maybe you have better hair.
Then, some women I know are afflicted with the frizz. This seems to happen to ladies with curly hair, but I wouldn’t know firsthand. I’ve heard it’s awful, too. We all begin our days the same way — with a wash, maybe a magic wand and some hair spray. After my bouncy-headed friends walk outside and discover the ugly presence of Heat and Humidity, their hair pops out in alarm and fear. Mine shrivels instead. I don’t blame the hair in either case. Heat and Humidity’s reputation precedes them.
While we may not be able to kick the ugly stepsisters to the curb, maybe we can hit them where it hurts and be gorgeous anyway. I know. It’s easier said than done, but one tip is to not fuss with our hair too much.
Hair is more prone to damage when it’s moisture-laden, and even a ponytail elastic can break it. An article at livestrong.com reports that hair holds 15 percent moisture normally, 30 percent when it’s humid, and a whopping 55 percent when it’s damaged. Even limp, dying hair can look frizzy and unkempt in the summer with split ends. So, hair breaks more when it’s humid, which causes it to absorb moisture at an even higher rate, making things worse. Fabulous.
The last and best option is to go have fun and not worry about what Heat and Humidity might be doing that day. Let them be unpleasant to each other. I choose fun, and you should, too. Now, who wants a popsicle?