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    This is my first summer natural and my hair is behaving wierdly. I rock a twist out in some shape or form every day. However, my twist outs are starting to draw up every day as if I sprayed water on my hair. It has been really hot lately but it hasn't rained. Am I the only one who experiences shrinkage in the summer?

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    *dead*

    I didn't mean to laugh, but that was funny 'cause i used to wonder the exact same thing as a p.ermie!

    Honey if you have high humidity, you got water in your hair. Humidity is water

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    I remember leaving the house with this FLY twist out! I was so proud of it, I mean it looked great. And around the time I got him, it had kind of turned into a frohawk, all because of the heat outside LOL.

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    Also, if it is really hot your scalp might be sweating, which can result in shrinking hair.

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    I wondered the same exact thing. I banded my hair and everything trying to get a anice fluffy fro. I walk to and from work in the sun, so as you can expect, my scalp sweats and then BAM. It shrinks down again. Right now I'm just wearing it in box braids cause my hair doesnt know how to behave it's first summer :P

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    Girl embrace that humidity...it's keeping your hair moisturized! Thank God you don't have to deal with a summer in a dry climate...can we say crunchy hair??

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    Girl embrace that humidity...it's keeping your hair moisturized! Thank God you don't have to deal with a summer in a dry climate...can we say crunchy hair??
    ... "Crunchy hair". In Florida I was outside for a long time... then when I went under the shower my hair smelled burnt.

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    LOL.. I love the humidity.. my hair feels soooo soft.. but I am going to an important event this weekend and want my twist out to be defined. What can I use to hold the twist out without it feeling crunchy?

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    Maybe you can use some fantasia IC gel. I've noticed, for me, when I use that gel in a humid climate I get a really soft hold with no problems but when I use it in a dry climate, my hair is crunchy unless I slap some jojoba on the ends.

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    Yeah it's been really humid in MD this summer. My hair looks the same length that it was when I first got it cut. But it feels really healthy...at first I was worried that my hair was breaking off

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    I definitely agree with you on this one. I kept looking at my hair and was like "it's not growing". But I know that it is just the shrinkage. I just deal with it. After all, it's soft, healthy and oh so nappy. One other thing is that I have noticed that I don't need much product either. This is my first summer as a nappy-head and it is different, but I'm loving it every day !!!

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    IA. That, or Qhemet Biologics' Honeybush Hair Tea Gel. It has glycerin in it, which is a humectant, so it will draw in moisture to keep your hair feeling soft and not crunchy. HTH

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    I'm going to go against the grain here and say the only way you're going to be able to fight that humidity is to use some humidity defying product....i.e., a straightening serum or an antifrizz serum before you dry your hair. Also, an anti-humectant pomade may help block out the moisture as do products that have mineral oil and silicones in them (they are like sealers).

    If you want your summer twistouts to not shrink up so much, you'll probably have to break some rules. At least I do. I've been rollersetting several ponytails and drying my hair this way to stretch after I've applied a little leave-in followed by an antifrizz serum. After it's dry, I add a little ORS Olive Oil mixed with a little IC Fantasia gel and braid or twist and allow that to setup. I've done it two weeks in a row and haven't experienced an ton of shrinkage and I live in a ridiculously humid area.

    Just a suggestion.

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