How to Keep Your Hair Flourishing this Summer
Some of us can’t wait to shed those silk-lined wool hats that were our fashion go-to on blustery winter days. While others look forward to relieving our scalps of the protective styles that kept our tresses protected from the harsh winds of stormy winter nights. And still, some of us are looking for ways to protect our free and natural curls from the threatening heat of summer days! Whether you are a sun worshipper or seeking refuge from the sun, managing the diversity of black and brown goddess hair can be a challenge.
Excessive sweat and build up brought on by summer workouts and fun in the sun, can increase dandruff, split ends, frizziness and shedding. It is imperative that you keep your scalp and tresses clean throughout the summer. Make sure to wash with shampoo and deep condition hair at least every other week. Shampoos trap excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which is then rinsed out. The oil that is stripped from the hair and scalp after shampooing leaves the hair dry. Deep conditioning replaces these oils and rehydrates the hair. Natural hair should be co-washed daily or at the very least once a week to replenish moisture and help nourish, strengthen, and repair hair from styling damage and exposure to summer heat. When choosing a deep conditioner for your natural hair, look out for hydrating formulas that will deeply penetrate your strands. Avoid heavy formulas that can weigh hair down. Some of our favorite conditioners for Summer 2017 are:
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner $10.99
Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask $26
Aussie 3 Minute Moist $2.97
Try to avoid styles to avoid styles that require heat this summer. The hot summer sun dries out skin and hair, so to add direct heat to the equation is a recipe for damage and disaster. Low maintenance styles are your best friend during the summer. Optimize your twist outs and Bantu knot outs and rock these styles for at least a week. Styles like these get better and fuller over time. The longer you maintain one, the less likely you are to cause breakage. Summer also comes with humidity, or excess moisture in the air, which can cause hair to frizz. Hair is made of proteins and these proteins must be replenished to maximize hair health. Adding a protein treatment to your wash routine once every two weeks, especially during summer months, can help strengthen hair, repair damage, and combat frizz. Egg yolks, mayonnaise, and olive oil make for a great natural protein-rich hair mask. Some great protein replenishing products are:
Joico Moisture Recovery Conditioner for Dry Hair
Nexxus Emergencee Strengthening Polymeric Reconstructor
Ouidad 12 Minute Deep Conditioner
Another way to avoid frizz is by rocking a protective style. Braids, weaves, and wigs are a great way to keep your hair healthy in the summer heat. But only if you take proper care of your tresses while wearing these styles. When left untreated, dandruff and dirt lying just beneath braid sets, are capable of causing dry scalp and damage to hair strands. Lightweight oils and sheens like Cantu’s Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair and Scalp Oil alleviate dryness and itchiness while nourishing and conditioning the scalp. Design Essentials Peppermint & Aloe Soothing Scalp Tonic is great for removing dirt and oil build up. Under Hair Care is the first hair product line formulated for nourishing natural hair or relaxed hair while wearing protective styles. Its three-part system ensures scalp nourishment and hair health.
If you plan to rock your kinks, coils, or curls at the beach or pool this summer, make sure to take the necessary precautions to protect your hair as you swim. Here are some tips on how to do so:
Saturate your hair with warm water prior to hopping in the pool or diving in the ocean. This will ensure that less chlorinated or salt water is absorbed into your strands.
Use coconut oil to seal cuticles and lock in moisture prior to engaging water. If you are wearing a protective style, oil scalp thoroughly.
Apply a conditioner for dry, damaged, and/or chemically treated hair to your strands and scalp. This will protect hair from pool chemicals and salt damage. If you are wearing a protective style use a conditioning scalp treatment.
4. Twist, Bun, or Braid
Without rinsing out your conditioner, style your hair in a bun, twists, or braids to prevent tangling and matting.
After swimming rinse hair thoroughly. Use a chelating shampoo to fully remove chlorine and salt from hair. Some popular chelating shampoos are L’anza Swim & Sun Daily Chelating Shampoo, Nexxus Phyto Organics Kelate Purifying Shampoo, and Ouidad Water Works. If you intend to swim often use a cleansing conditioner to avoid drying out hair.
After cleansing, apply a deep conditioner, allowing it to penetrate for about 20 - 30 minutes.
Lastly, seal your cuticles with oil after all of your treatments and before styling.
*When tending to hair that is maintained under a weave, after swimming, use products like Under Hair Care to cleanse your scalp and sit under a dome dryer to ensure that all of the hair is dried to the root. Damp hair under weave can lead to fungus and mold!!
Tiye Bradley traveled over 500 miles from her hometown of Uniondale, NY to achieve higher education at North Carolina A&T State University. There she is a rising Junior, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. Her love for writing and passion for fashion, beauty, and all things social lead her to pursue a career that will support her passions. Bradley, now 20-years-old hopes to provide an engaging and rewarding experience for readers and viewers at the Girlfriend's Pod. She intends to continue her pursuit of knowledge and experience with CollegeFashionista through their Summer 2017 Style Guru Internship. She dedicates her free time to giving back to young girls in the community that helped mold her through an initiative titled, The Concrete Rose Project.