The thing about humidity- it hates me. And I mean more than it hates the average person.
Let me explain: I have what I affectionately refer to as an “Arab-Fro” (I blame my Lebanese mother for it). And while I typically straighten it, there is practically no fighting the frizz when the humidity increases. As in my hair becomes the size of a small country. Don’t get me wrong. I fight it. I fight it with the best products, but sometimes Mother Nature takes science. And there is nothing I can do about it.
So when I first discovered model Hanne Gaby Odiele I couldn’t help with the way she (and let’s be honest, the wonderful stylists behind her!) embraced the natural texture of her hair (again this is just an assumption, but I am pretty sure this is the case and if not we are going to pretend that it is for the purpose of this post!).
Let me show you what I am talking about:
Here Hanne Gaby Odiele embraces her curls. I am sure this messy, yet cool look was achieved with anti-frizz product and a diffuser. Two items EVERY curly haired girl should own. When I wear my hair curly I have to remember to be generous with the product and to avoid hairbrushes like the plague.
This is basically what my hair would look like if I didn’t use product and just used a hairdryer and a hairbrush on my hair. If you are going to go this route it is important to maintain the volume at the crown of your head. You can try flipping your head over while drying it. Of course the earrings make the style about a million times more glamorous than without.
The braid is my go to look when I have had time to style my hair. Basically it requires the same steps in the first look, followed by a messy braid. Funny thing about messy braids? They always seem to take me longer than a neat one. But when you know you are going to have frizz at the top it is important to balance it with the same relaxed style in the plait.
Hopefully some of you with wild tresses can draw inspiration from Ms. Hanne Gaby Odiele. After all, you got to give your flat iron a rest sooner or later!!
(All photos via FashionGoneRogue.com for additional info click on the images!)