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This is why humidity wreaks havoc on your hair - and 3 ways to combat it.

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Those of us with thick or curly hair have a particularly impressive skill: we don’t need an app to tell us the weather.

Yep, just a look at the reflection of our (huge/knotted/fluffy) hair in the mirror can tell us all we need to know about the level of humidity outside — which has almost limitless power to wreak havoc on our hair. But why is that?

You can thank the makeup of your hair. It’s actually highly susceptible to changes in the level of hydrogen in air, which happens dramatically when it’s humid. Essentially, we’re actually almost predisposed to experience hair changes when the weather gets hot and sticky.

This is particularly bad for anyone with dry hair. Moisture affects keratin, an important protein involved in the hair strength and structure. When the weather gets humid dry hair screams out for moisture and soaks up up any water in the air, which thenmesses around with the keratin. This causes the hair to swell and the cuticle to break, leaving hair looking frizzy and feeling fluffy. For damaged and coloured hair, the signs are even more visible.

“The three most common humidity hair problems are frizz, flyaways and fluffy texture,” explains Joey Scandizzo, ELEVEN Australia co-Creative Director and three-time Australian Hairdresser of the Year.

Thankfully there are ways to prevent, or at least minimise, the damage.

Watch: Brittany’s top three hacks for fighting frizz. (Post continues after video.)

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1. Focus on your base

Like a primer for your foundation, your shampoo and conditioner play a major role in protecting your hair.

“Prevention is always better than a cure. You can help prevent frizz caused by humidity by starting with the right foundation when blowdrying. Prepping hair with good quality shampoo and conditioner like Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo ($22.95) and Conditioner ($23.95) will go a long way,” he explains.

The key word to look for is “moisturising” — the more nourished your hair is, the less it will absorb from the air. (Post continues after gallery.)

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2. Choose weather-busting styling products.

“When styling hair, use anti-humectant products that repel moisture. ELEVEN Australia Frizz Control Shaping Cream ($22.95) is perfect for all hair lengths, while a styling paste is particularly effective for shorter cuts,” Scandizzo says.

If you’re blow-drying, consider using a texture spray or volumising foam before you turn on the heat to really control your hair.

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3. Make it sleek.

Sometimes you just can't avoid humidity, and it ruins your perfectly-styled hair. While restyling hair once it's gone frizzy or fluffy is harder than preventing it in the first place, it is possible.

"Using a shine serum will keep hair manageable and add shine. Another option is to run a flat iron on a low heat to gently smooth frizz and control flyaways," says Scandizzo.

Humidity, we're coming for you.

How does your hair get affected by humidity?

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