”’Summer time, and the living is eeeaaasyyyy!!!…It’s the summer, and many of us naturalistas will be experiencing crazy weather conditions such as extreme humidity and heat. I Live in Southern California, which gets extremely hot in the summer, so I make sure that I either protect my hair (satin cap/hair wrap) while I’m in the sun for long periods of time, or I utilize protective styles during that period. I’m actually in the process of installing some cornrows for a few weeks so I won’t have to manipulate my hair that often. There are certain things that I do in the summer to care for my hair that I don’t do in other times and vice versa, and I want to share them with you while also giving you some tips on how you can keep those curls healthy and growing.
How To Take Care Of Natural Hair During The Summer
- Protect your Curls
Summer time usually means lots of outdoors activities, beach and pool fun, and lots of tanning, so it is important to protect your hair from all the different elements such as the sun, salt water, chlorine, etc. For example if you’re planning on being outside in the sun for long periods of time you could utilize braids, swim caps (if at pool or beach) head wraps, satin lined caps, or other protective hair styles to keep your natural hair tucked away from the heat and sun. You will also want to practice proper beach and pool hair prep to prevent salt water and chlorine from damaging your curls. You can take advantage of swim caps, proper hair prep such-1. keeping your hair braided while swimming, and 2.using oils or conditioners to saturate your hair to prevent your curls from soaking up ‘gunk water’/chlorine, etc.
2. Moisture Retention
Maintaining moisture in our hair is very crucial in the summer because it’s hotter and moisture evaporates from our curls much quicker. I’m in the sun for long periods of time almost everyday (while working out), and after every workout session my hair gets super dry even if I moisturized right before leaving the house. The heat/sun sucks the moisture out of my hair, so I make sure to moisturize my hair twice a day to prevent excessive dryness or breakage.
Maintaining moisture also means that we must keep our hair hydrated (water), drink plenty of water, and deep condition often (at least once per week).
3. Reduce the amount of heat usage
I don’t think that using excessive heat on our curls at any time is a good thing, but it’s even more damaging when used in hot weather. Can you imagine adding heat to your hair just to go outside in 90-100 degree weather? That’s hair suicide if you ask me..But what do I know? lol..But for real ladies our hair is very fragile and vulnerable, so we have to cut back on the heat if we want to retain our beautiful curls and keep our hair healthy.
I would recommend not using heat at all on your hair, but if you insist I would say to always use heat protectant, use your heat tool on a low setting, and deep condition/protein treat your hair often to combat the damage.
4. Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire
What do I mean? Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you should do every single style or try a new color every week to switch it up. I know it’s time to let your hair down and have fun, but when it comes to our afro-textured hair..well, let’s just say it can’t handle all that manipulation and damage. We all already know that too much manipulation and color treatments damage the hair, so we have to be conscious about what we do to our curls. Well, that’s if you’re trying to be on a healthy natural hair journey. If you don’t really care about healthy hair or length then by all means have fun with your hair, but if you’re trying to grow magnificent curls then you have to pick and choose your hair battles..
5. Pre-poo Your Hair
I just did a pre-poo last wash day, and my hair felt so great after adding some wonderful oils before cleansing. So since it’s hot outside I wanted to prevent excessive stripping of my curls by soaking my hair in my oil mix, and it’s working great for me. Like I mentioned before the sun will get your hair, and to add shampoo on top of that will only dry the hair out even more. I’m not saying pre-poo will work for everyone! Try it and see if your hair likes it, and if it does then sister let the oil rain, but if it doesn’t then please find a routine that works for you.
Well those a few ways that we can take care of our curls in the heat of the summer, but I want to know what your favorite style to rock during this time of year….
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