By Samantha Baloyi | Oct 08, 2018
Summer is here and you’re all set to beat the heat with your cute bikinis, flip flops and sunscreen. But are you investing enough time to getting your hair summer-ready too? Remember guys, with great natural hair comes great responsibility and if you’re shying away from the right protective prep for your gorgeous curls, your fun beach holiday may end up being your worst hair nightmare. Quick summer-care tips here from yours truly to keep your scalp and hair protected from the harsh summer sun!
The sun and the heat are your hair’s mortal enemies! They will dry your hair out quickly and leave you with brittle strands. But there are plenty of ways to make sure you lock in all the moisture in your hair and keep looking healthy all through the hot season.
We suggest that you make African Pride Olive Miracle Anti-Breakage Formula Leave-In Conditioner your best friend this summer. Slather on a little more than a dime sized amount from the mid lengths to ends of your hair before going to bed to keep your curls soft and hydrated. During the day, keep a small spray bottle of water with you to keep spritzing your hair at regular intervals. The heat will dry your hair out and it’s important to keep giving it the hydration it needs.
Limit the use of heat styling tools in the summer months. Thanks to the humidity, blow-outs and curls are less likely to last. To top that, heating will leave your hair dry, brittle, and easily prone to breakage. Embrace the natural texture of your hair and let your scalp breathe. Be smart with your styling and use cute hairbands, colourful headscarves and other hair accessories instead to amp your natural hair. The idea is to shield your hair as much as possible from the scorching sun. Now’s the right time to bring out the hats and scarves!
Conditioning in between your weekly wash definitely helps keep your hair in good shape. Additionally, give your hair a deep conditioning treatment every two weeks as this will help rejuvenate your scalp and pump in the lost moisture. If your scalp’s getting too dry too often, try oil-rinsing as well. Coconut oil or avocado oil are a good choice for oil rinsing your hair and Dr.Miracle’s Gro Oil has them both and since prevention is always a better approach, this miracle potion fortifies your hair and prevents breakage. Don’t forget to apply your usual conditioner afterwards.
A simple step, yes, but maybe not an easy one! But nothing guarantees a more relaxed summer than a great short crop. No stressing or worrying about the sun getting to your hair. Shorter hair is easier to take care of as it traps the moisture better and provides less surface area for the sun to get to. If you don’t want to lose the length, tie your hair up in cute pigtails or braids. Not only will they lock in all the moisture, but they will also keep the ends of your hair safe and healthy. Using a little bit of leave-in conditioner or Aloe Vera gel on your edges also helps. Who wants to deal with hair in their face anyway on sultry days that come with a lot of sweat!
After an exciting day at the pool or the beach, it’s important to wash your hair that same day with a clarifying shampoo to remove any chlorine or salt from your hair and scalp. These elements can cause your hair to dis-colour and also increase dryness and damage. Make sure you follow your wash with deep conditioning and moisturizing.
Yes, stretching the hair and minimizing shrinkage is the popular way to go because we all love our length, but try to do without it, this summer. Shrinkage is your hair’s way of protecting itself from losing moisture, and when you’re battling the sun to keep your hair healthy and hydrated, you need all the natural help you can get. If you really want to minimize the shrinkage, try using heatless methods of stretching hair like shampooing your natural hair in braids or twists, or tying your hair into Bantu knots before letting it loose.
Remember these tips before your step out in the sun without having to lose any of your hair over it. Planning to go all out with head scarves this season? Check out these 4 Ways To Tie A Head Scarf.
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