Summer is when I have the most fun. Since I am a Springtime baby, it is only natural that I love the heat of the sun, or maybe I’m just weird that way. No worries!
No matter how much I love Summer, I have to admit my hair requires a bit more care during this season. It can be a bit annoying but as I learned more about my hair I was able to make my life a whole lot easier. Whether you’re rockin’ a fro like me or a fresh press, make sure to adopt some of these hair care tips for a great summer experience.
1. Protective Hairstyles
Now, before I get into the more detailed hair care tips, let me make one thing clear. Protective hairstyles are a MUST year-round. These styles live up to their name, as they are known to protect your hair from the elements that wish your hair danger.
You will want to employ some protective hairstyles this summer when the sun is unbearable and threatens to dry up your Nile river roots. The great thing about protective hairstyles is that they are very versatile. Why not look great while protecting your hair?
Here is a list of some of the most common protective styles:
- Box Braids
- Faux Locs
- Bantu Knots
- Marley Twists
And the list goes on, but let’s move on to how best to treat your hair during summer.
First, on this dive into summer hair care tips is the shampoo. How often will you wash? Dry or wet? Well, it depends.
During the summer, things can get pretty intense for your hair. Swimming, exercising, or even anything that causes buildup or dryness. Sweating produces buildup and overtime can weigh down the hair.
If you sweat a lot or swim frequently, try washing your hair every week or utilizing dry shampoo. Though, if you don’t fit into these two boxes then stick to a normal routine of washing twice per month.
Further, to reduce damage to your hair, make sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo as high concentrations of sulfates can strip your hair of its natural oil, causing a dry, itchy, and sometimes flaky scalp. If you care for your scalp, you will take this hair care tip to heart.
The season of deep conditioners! As stated before a lot of things harm your hair in the summer. The sun, chlorine, and saltwater are at the top of the list. This is why deep conditioning on a daily or weekly basis, based solely on how dry your hair tends to be, is needed.
Deep conditioning provides many benefits to your hair which are listed below:
- prevents hair damage
- nourishes hair
- shine guard
- grows hair
- maintains moisture
You want to leave the deep conditioner in for at least 45 minutes, but an hour is optimal. If you leave it in overnight, there is a risk that your scalp could become itchy. So, beware. Also, a leave-in-conditioner is a great moisturizer.
Speaking of moisturizer…Moisturizing your hair during the summer is a step that cannot be skipped. Moisturizing holds many of the same benefits of deep conditioning. Liquid, oil, and cream moisturizers are used to prevent your hair from drying out, providing protection throughout the day.
5. Hair Covers
When the weather is just too hot, but you need to get out of the house, make sure to throw something over your head to protect your roots. A lightweight, breathable material would work best.
Here is a list of the best materials to use for a headscarf:
Polyester and cotton can cause damage to your hair, so wearing some silk underneath them would be best. Protect your Nile river roots today by wrapping your hair up when the elements are just too harsh.
6. Fewer Heat Treatments
If you sweat heavily, you know how it feels to ruin a new hairstyle during the summer. Maybe your edges won’t stay laid or your hair begins to frizz, the issue demands some attention.
There is not much you can do about the elements and how your body reacts to them naturally, but what you can do is be cautious with your routine. Fewer heat treatments, press-outs, and the blow dryer mainly, will do your hair and your wallet some justice this summer.
Your hair is already feeling pressure from the natural elements, why add more fuel to the fire by adding more heat. This could be your season to try some of those protective styles listed at the beginning of this article.
7. It All Comes Down To Lots Of Water And A Healthy Diet
After the hour winds down, it all comes to an end. These hair care tips will do little for you if you are not taking care of your machine. In order to function properly and produce the desired results, you need to make sure what you are putting inside of your body is good for you.
It is said that your hair is like a plant, and plants require water to grow. You need the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for your body to function properly, which includes your hair growth. When you do not receive an adequate amount of the necessary minerals and nutrients, it can result in hair loss and inhibit your body’s ability to form new follicles.
I’ll list a few foods that have the most beneficial nutrients for healthy hair:
- Eggs, which contains biotin and protein
- Berries contain high amounts of vitamin C which is used to produce collagen
- Avocadoes, great source of Vitamin E
- Oysters, a great source of zins
- Beans, source of protein
Do right by yourself and give your body what it craves, the potential to create.
This summer you will be fully prepared for the elements the season will bring. How does this list look to you? If I’m missing anything, I would love to learn from you as well, so just drop a comment below.
Alacia Murray is pursuing her B.A. in Creative Writing at Agnes Scott College. She loves to read, write, play old board games, and eat. Writing is her passion because it gives her the opportunity to express herself in a safe space. She loves to encourage people with her writing.