Written by Ciarra McLean
Just because you want to protect your curls doesn’t mean you have to avoid all your favorite summer activities. We’re here to give you some quick tips on how to protect your hair during these warmer months without sacrificing any summer fun!
Sun Damage and Exposure
Did you know your hair is vulnerable to sun damage just like your skin? Depending on how much time you spend outside, you may want to invest in hair products that specifically offer sun protection. Alternatively, consider accessorizing with a hat or scarf to keep your scalp and hair in the shade. Regardless of how often your tresses are exposed to the elements, you’ll want to listen to your hair. After long bouts of time outside, be sure to deep condition to bring moisture back to thirsty curls. Similarly, since your hair is already going to be exposed to the heat of the sun, avoid using heat-based styling tools to protect your curls.
If you’re someone that has a pool, you’ll want to be sure to protect your hair from chlorine. Similarly, frequent beach goers will want to put protecting natural hair into practice as well. We suggest twisting, braiding the hair back, or wearing a bun - as long as your hair is not completely out and susceptible to unnecessary damage. If you can, wear a swim cap. You may want to even apply a bit of product to the hair to protect it - we recommend your favorite leave-in conditioner or hair oil. Finally, once you’re done swimming, its important to wash thoroughly and rinse the hair of all chlorine or salt water in order to ensure no lingering chemicals cause damage or buildup.
Consider a Protective Style
As mentioned previously, protective styles can be a great way to maintain moisturized, healthy hair. - they're not just for winter! Try twists or braids that you can spritz to moisturize regularly to ensure your hair maintains its hydration. One thing to note is that you may want to shorten the length of time between protective styles and wash days simply because hotter temperatures can lead to build up on the scalp.
On the opposite spectrum of dry heat, you may live in a climate that is prone to high humidity. If so, it may be time to break out the lighter hair products. Moisture in the air along with sweat from the heat can lead to build up on the scalp, so using lighter products ensures there's no excess. Afraid of the frizz the moisture can cause? Check out our post on how to get and maintain frizz free curls.
And that’s it! Now you’re sure to keep your hair happy all summer.