Summer is upon us! Although we may not be able to go out as much as we’d like, we still need to take care of our hair during this season. Everything from the sun, to humidity and how much your sweat can all impact the health of your hair – in both good and bad ways. Humid weather can do wonders for your hair because of the natural moisture in the air. But for maintaining certain styles, this can be a bit of a pain because it causes serious frizz. Dry, arid weather has the opposite effect – the heat sucks the moisture out of your hair, leaving your hair dry.
It’s essential to know what to switch up about your regimen for the next few (hot!) months, as well as the key steps you should take to protect your curls and kinks. These are our 6 top tips for summertime hair care!
When the sun is out, and the weather is dry and hot, it’s essential that you’re deep conditioning your hair weekly. This is because hot, dry weather sucks out moisture from your hair, often making it lacklustre and dry. Regularly doing deep conditions is the moment for you to bring back moisture to your hair and nourish it with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, elastic and moisturized even in the hottest of temperatures.
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The sun’s UV rays can be damaging to your hair and scalp, just as it can be to skin. So grab yourself a leave-in conditioner with SPF! A study found that sweet almond oil has the ability to protect your hair from UV rays, so go for this as an alternative.
For high porosity gals, keeping frizz at bay is one of the downsides to a humid, hot summer! This is the time to rock hairstyles that call for volume such as your natural fro or blow outs. Trying to fight the frizz might be more effort than it’s worth. Remember to go for styles where frizz works in its favor.
A humectant is a moisturizing agent – it’s somewhat like a magnet for moisture that draws it in from its surroundings. If you’re in humid weather, you probably want to go for a humectant. Honey and glycerin are natural options. An anti-humectant is the opposite – it doesn’t allow moisture to leave or be drawn in. If the summer where you live is dry and arid, you most likely need an anti-humectant which will protect your hair from drying out – a few natural options for this are castor oils, beeswax and olive oil.
Humid weather means there’s tons of moisture in the air, so it’s a great moment to consider how much hydration you have in your regimen when doing particular hairstyles. This might mean toning down how much water you spritz your hair with during the week.
Before diving in, make sure your hair needs to be protected and prepped. Moments before you step into the water, wet your hair with tap water beforehand – this will minimize the chlorine or salt water your hair absorbs. Then coat your hair in a good leave-in conditioner and seal it all in with an oil. This will create a barrier between your hair and the saltwater/ chlorine. While you swim, if your hair isn’t in a swimming cap, pack it in a bun or in a pineapple to reduce tangling. As soon as you step out of the water, rinse your hair thoroughly as soon as you can. This will help to get rid of chlorine and stop it from penetrating the hair deeper, before you have time to properly clarify