blow dryerWhen temps hit the 80s and humidity nears 100%, you may be better off stowing your blow dryer in your suitcase and giving your hair the freedom to do its thing.

I love a Caribbean vacation as much as the next girl, but my hair is another story entirely. Last summer I realized that when it comes to the battle of frizz, the tropics had me beat, so I threw in the towel once and for all. What I found was that if you treat your hair with the right products, letting the air dry your locks naturally can spur rave reviews. Want to join me and go with what nature intended? Let the tropical wind sub as your styling tool with these styling tips I gleaned from Jet Rhys, of the San Diego-based Jet Rhys Salon.

Curly hair. Start off with a curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner like Bumble & Bumble’s Curl Conscious ($29, www.drugstore.com). After conditioning, squeeze out excess water and then work a styling cream into damp – not drippy! – hair, from root to tip. Rhys likes Bumble & Bumble’s Curl Conscious Cream ($27, www.drugstore.com). Then hands off! Touching your curls while they’re still forming is a one-way ticket to frizz. It’s not easy, I know. But every time I fuss with half-dry curls, I create even more problems. Though it takes all my brainpower to keep my hands down, the result is always worth it.

Wavy hair. If your hair is naturally wavy, you can apply a frizz-reducing, defining hair product like Phytodefrisant ($24, www.bathandbodyworks.com) and let the air do the rest. I’ve been using this balm for YEARS and though I’m no hair professional, I personally swear by it. (It’s also a great blow-drying mate for winter months at home, when a quick dry is an absolute necessity.) But if you need some extra help to define and separate waves, Rhys suggests applying a conditioning serum like Davines’ Momo Daily Cream ($16.95, www.beautyandthebeach.com) and then using Velcro rollers to get the look you desire. This, of course, means a little extra maintenance, but if it looks great and works with the weather, there’s nothing wrong with putting in a little extra effort to produce amazing vacation photos!

Straight hair. Rhys likes to use hair powders for straight hair because she says they give instant fullness, texture and movement. Her favorite is Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder ($19, www.abeautifullife.com), but I can’t exactly support her love of this stuff. I tried it on several occasions and was positively grossed out by the product. Not only did the black powder get all over my hands and hairbrush (maybe blondes will have better luck because the powder is a lighter hue), but it also left my hair stiff and greasy to the touch. Yuck! I say that if your hair is straight, consider yourself lucky and just dab your locks with your favorite product then sit back and let it work its magic.