'Tis the season of hair complaints. Wavy hair turns curly, curly hair curls tighter, and straight hair does strange things. Many women hate their hair about now and rate it as a major curse of summer, along with sweat stains, shiny noses and sleepless nights.
Some hide their hair under scarves tied with fancy knots, though that must make them terribly hot, since it prevents body heat from escaping through the scalp.
Others slather on anti-frizz gels and conditioners, which work only as long as the wearer stays in an air-conditioned environment.
My hair is highly responsive to humidity, and I used to think that its unruliness was as good an indication of the level of water vapor in the air as the hygrometer that hangs on our kitchen wall, and which, as I write, reads 48% humidity (and 82F).
It turns out that human hair can function as a hygrometer, and you can learn why this is so and how to make a hygrometer of your very own here: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4678953_hair-hygrometer-work.html
In my attempts to deal with summer hair, I have gone the products route, which works for me only if I apply so much that my hair looks as if it has been weighted down with lard. I haven't tried the headscarf solution because the very thought of it makes me break into (an even worse) sweat.
My proposed solution is to declare a moratorium on summer hair. After all, who says that frizzy hair is bad? Why should all women, regardless of their genetic endowment, go around with Asian-straight hair in all weathers? Frizzy, rebellious hair looks exuberant, energetic and alive, like the tendrils of the bittersweet vine. It's time to let go of media-induced prejudices and wear our wayward waves and out-of-control curls with pride.
Our crazy summer hair is physical evidence of our inescapable link to Nature. The plant world glories in humidity, absorbs it, expands, and luxuriates in it. That's what our hair wants to do, too, and I think we should let it.