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6 Tips for Taking Care of Your Hair this Summer

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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!

Deep condition away!

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.

A great way to deep condition is with our hair masks – which are currently going at two for 15% with the code ‘2HAIRMASKS’. To up the ante, mix them in with some fresh ingredients to enhance your results. Prepare to see shine, moisture and strength! We’ve recently listed our top 10 ingredients to use with our hair masks, and if you try any, be sure to join our #FRESHFOODONLY challenge –  find out all about it here.

How to deep condition your hair properly:

  1. Using one of our hair masks, in a bowl mix, take 1-2 teaspoon of your desired mask.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of warm water or Aloe Vera Juice (stay away if you are low porosity unless your hair loves aloe vera) to the mixture to help unfold benefits quicker
  3. Mix the water and the hair mask together and press out all of the lumps.
  4. Add up to 1 cup of your favorite moisturizing conditioner and or 1 cup of your blended fresh ingredient (Aloe Leaf gel, Okra or Flaxseed creates super slip). You can also use Pumpkin, Banana or Avocado. (You can use less if you have short hair/ or more if you have extremely long hair). If you have low porosity hair and you’re using a protein mask (which you should only be doing every 4-6 weeks, we recommend that you mix your treatment with fresh ingredients. You’re going to need all of the moisture you can get! Banana tends to be one of the most moisturizing ingredients – but be sure to strain it through an old stocking cap or sieve, so that the bits don’t get stuck in your hair. 
  5. Mix everything together, press out or blend the mixture well to a consistency of baby food and strain.
  6. Section and pin hair in six twists
  7. Take each section, untwist it and apply the mix on your hair all the way down to the ends
  8. Comb with wide tooth comb or fingers from ends to scalp
  9. Retwist and pin to the top of your head
  10. Cover your head with a plastic cap and leave in for a minimum of 1 hour, or sit under a hair dryer for at least 20 minutes for deeper penetration.
  11. Co-wash hair 2-3 times with a co-wash conditioner using cool water to make sure all ingredients are out of your hair. This is a must!
  12. Use an old t-shirt to squeeze excess water out of your hair
  13. Apply your leave-in conditioner, and continue with your regimen.

Grab a leave-in conditioner with SPF

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.

Go for voluminous styles

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. 

Decide on if you need a humectant or anti-humectant

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.

Consider how much hydration you need

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. 

Swimming 

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 

Grab two of our hair masks with 15% off with the code 2HAIRMASKS!

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