Sun, surfing, beaches, and water; these are the basic fundamentals of an awesome summer. Let’s admit to ourselves, the excessive heat and humidity can leave your hair, dry, frizzy, and straw-like without proper care. Sure we may all remember to put on our sunscreen before going out during the hottest parts of the day, but what about our hair? Have you ever had a dream where it was nice and hot outside, you had awesome hair just like Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates? The problem is, is that you have a nice thick head of hair, but you don’t know where to begin in managing it. Maintaining your hair in the summer is just as difficult as the winter.
In the winter months we combat dryness; in the spring/summer, we combat frizz. Does it ever feel like our hair can’t get a break from the environment? If you feel that you have been defeated by the “environmental hair zombie,” you are not alone. Maintaining seasonally perfect hair is a lot of hard work and a continuous routine that some of us, don’t really have time for. Maintaining our hair is just as important as our skin and nails. We are going to share some insight on how to transition your dry, winter locks to sexy, sultry summer hair.
The following is considered the fundamentals of hair care for the summer months. These tips apply to women of all ethnicities. Each product that you choose to try, always read the instructions on how to properly use the product. By using hair products by proper instruction will help you achieve the best possible results.
Conditioning Your Hair – This should be done continuously throughout the year, routinely conditioning your hair will increase moisture in the winter and combat frizz in the summer. For best results, incorporate a deep conditioning treatment 1-2 times per week. If you are pressed for time during the week a leave-in conditioner will do the trick.
Hairspray is your friend – If you haven’t invested in a good can of hairspray, now is the time to do so. In conjunction with routine conditioning, hairspray will provide your hair an added boost against frizz and fly-aways. (NOTE: When purchasing a can of hairspray, make sure that you purchase a hairspray that offers 24-hour humidity protection for optimal results.)
Visit Your Local Salon – There are two benefits when you visit a salon. Number one, you can welcome the warm weather with a new ‘do. Also, you can consider a day at the salon a special treat to yourself. A visit to the salon is always much needed after a few months of hibernation.
Utilize Hair Accessories – Accessories no matter if its hair or fashion; we love them. Add some personality to your hair with items such as headbands, combs, and clips. Accessories are a quick and easy fix to any bad hair day.
Give shampooing your hair a break – This applies to all women, especially women with naturally curly hair. Your hair is supposed to have a certain level of oils. Excessive shampooing of your hair will strip your hair of natural oils and possibly damage the cuticles of your hair. If you have naturally thick curly hair (i.e. African American women) you should be shampooing your hair once or twice per week.
Use the brushless often – Using excessive combing and brushing the hair, especially when wet; will literally pull your hair out. If you have to brush your hair while wet, use a wide bristled or comb to remove any tangles and to move product through your hair.
Reduce the amount of heat – Having straight hair is definitely appealing in the summer. The only con to this is the excessive amounts of heat that you might add to your hair. Adding excessive amounts of heat to your hair will cause dryness and breakage, especially if you color your hair. If you are going to use a flat iron or curling iron, add grapeseed or avocado oil as a heat protectant. If you are a woman of color and you want to straighten your hair without the excessive heat, consider a relaxer for the summer months to reduce the amount of heat to your hair.
Ignore the Fashion Magazines – There is nothing wrong with referring to fashion magazines for the latest trends in all things beauty. No matter what the latest trends are in hair do what is best for your hair and your hair type. What may look good on someone else may not look good on you. Always make sure that you style your hair according to your face and personal style.
Love Your Hair – Every woman no matter what hair texture we have, is unique. Your hair shouldn’t be over processed and stressed. Your hair is a symbol of your identity. Take care of your hair just like you take care of everything else.
Women of all ethnicities should do research on their hair types and textures. By doing research, you will be able to provide insight and be able to use and experiment with products that work with your hair and products that won’t. We don’t have to try to “keep up with the Kardashians’” in everything that we do. Remember healthy hair is confidence.