You are here: Home / Featured / Humidity Schumidity – You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
Humidity Schumidity – You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

Humidity Schumidity – You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

I recently got back from a fabulous two-week vacation to my island home – St. Lucia (with a quick hop over to Barbados for a wedding – shout out to Charm & Tunde).  I didn’t really give any thought at all to how I would style my hair in St. Lucia, because I figured for one thing… “who cares?, I’m on vacation!” and “I’ll do what I normally do”. I packed a couple 1 ounce containers of our Three Naturals Shea Butter mix, and off to the races wit’ that.

The night before we flew out, I spritzed my already blown out hair (I had blown it out about a week and a half prior) with water, smoothed in some shea mix and braided it in about 12-15 braids, planning to take them out in the morning. When the morning came, I figured I could put the braids up in one, let them set a little more and take them out at the airport or on the flight. I didn’t want the terrible Toronto summer humidity to get to my braid-out and then get to St. Lucia looking all puffy and crazy.

I took the braids out while waiting in the departure lounge for the boarding call and ended up with what was probably one of the best braid outs I have ever had. No, I didn’t take a picture…but it looked something like this, only longer, because it was blown out:All the way to St. Lucia…perfect hair. And as soon as we landed – this: 

Can you say humid? Steamy? Watery air?

This happened as soon as I stepped off the plane. But do you know…after the horror of it died down, a few days into the trip I thought, maybe it was just humid that night. I’ll try again. So two days later on the eve of my birthday, I braided it up again. The next evening… 

Not bad…this is at the door of our hotel room. I’m about to step outside…elapsed time: approx. 1.5 minutes to get to the restaurant, poolside…

And several moments later… 

Hard to see so I drew a nice pink outline around my hair for ya.

So what have we learned girls?

  1. It wasn’t just an odd night the first time…Pretty much every night’s a humid night on the island.
  2. What we call humidity up here in the good old North is a gentle moist caressing of our hair, compared to the rain shower of invisible water that affected my hair in St. Lucia

And the moral of the story is…I will never complain about humidity again (now that I know what it really is).

  • Sherita

    Point 2 of your lesson learned “What we call humidity up here in the good old North is a gentle moist caressing of our hair, compared to the rain shower of invisible water that affected my hair in St. Lucia” couldn’t have done a more perfect job of describing natural hair vs Caribbean humidity. I live in northeast and I am here in Jamaica where I’m originally from on three weeks vacation. I waited 30 minutes before landing to undo my fresh twist out…from the moment I stepped into the airport my twists did not have a fighting chance.

  • Juliette

    I live in the Virgin Islands and this is my life, I have never experienced my natural hair sans humidity. I plan to travel to the US soon and hope to have the opposite of your experience. Until then, I just let it do what it do (a least it doesn’t dry out :) )

  • Rita Xavier

    Hi! Finally I realize it’s not just me. I’m from St. Lucia and I have yet to be able to create a braid out or twist out that lasts after I leave the house. If anyone knows of any product that works pleeease let me know! I’ve been wearing twists for three years now and could really do with a change.

Scroll To Top