10 Tips to Maintain Natural Hair this Summer
Summer makes us think of beach days, dresses, cookouts, and carefree fun! Summer is also the time to have fun with your natural hair and to let it shine.
We’re finally free from the cold, snow, and wind of winter that necessitate tucking our hair away. But we also spend more time outdoors in the summer, which presents its own challenges to keeping natural hair healthy.
So before you head to the beach or pool, read my 10 tips for maintaining healthy, beautiful natural hair this summer!
Even though the cold and wind of winter are gone, your hair still needs protection.
The sun’s UV radiation can quickly damage your hair if you are outside for long, as well as burn your scalp and even discolor your hair.
Use a leave-in conditioner with SPF to protect your hair and scalp, and if you know you’ll be outside for an extended period of time, cover your hair with a scarf or hat.
The sun is already drying out your hair, so don’t amplify the effect with heat tools.
(Plus, who wants to deal with a blowout in summer humidity?) So put away the straightener and blow dryer, and make the summer heat-free!
Humid and arid climates have different effects on natural hair, and require different products.
- In arid environments, the dry air tends to suck moisture from your hair. In this case, you’ll need to use anti-humectants to protect your hair from drying out. Olive oil and jojoba oil are a few anti-humectants you can try.
- If you live in a humid climate, use humectants which draw moisture in from the air to moisturize your hair. Some natural humectants are honey and glycerin. However, if you hate frizz, don’t use humectants even in humid environments.
Speaking of humidity and frizz- use them to your advantage! Summer might not be the perfect time for a blowout, but it is a great time to rock an afro, puffs, or other voluminous styles.
Pay attention to how your hair reacts to humidity, and use that knowledge to try different styles and celebrate your natural hair.
Use lighter products in the summer, and less of them. Since you sweat more in the summer, limiting product buildup on your scalp will keep you from needing to wash your hair all the time, and will keep your hair from looking weighed down.
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