The UK is finally heating up, so now it's time for some outdoor activities and fun. Whoop whoop!
Here are some handy natural hair tips for the summer, which will help to keep your hair beautiful, reduce frizz and avoid damage all while protecting it from the sun, heat, salt and chlorine.
- Moisturise Moisture Moisturise
- Spritz and seal
- Wear protective styles
- Clarify hair and scalp
- Use a leave-In conditioner
- Oil protection
- Don't forget to deep condition
- Wear a hat
- Avoid heat
- Hair detox
Moisturise Moisturise Moisturise
When it comes to hair, I really can’t emphasis the importance of moisturising enough. Your moisturising routine or lack thereof can literally make or break your hair. Your hair needs moisture!!! And water equals moisture.
Our bodies contain from 55% to 78% water, depending on body size. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven litres of water per day to avoid dehydration; the precise amount depends on the level of activity, temperature, humidity, and other factors.
Water is good internally and externally for hair. Internally a well-hydrated body means that there is sufficient moisture for hair function, externally it means that the hair can maintain elasticity and suppleness.
Spritz and Seal
Spritz and seal is a great way to moisturise daily and to prevent breakage. A moisturising spritz that consist of water, aloe vera juice/gel, and a penetrative oil such as olive oil, avocado oil land/or argan oil will keep dry hair hydrated.
Moisture can easily escape if not sealed in with a natural sealant. Heavy oils such as jojoba, castor or almond oil, or even thick butters like shea butter are great natural sealants. Shea butter is also rich in SPF which protects your hair from UV rays.
You may have to experiment with different hairstyles that give you the freedom to moisturise without frizz or minimal shrinkage (if that bothers you). Twisted or braided styles are usually perfect for that.
Wear protective styles
Braids, buns, cornrows, up-dos, twists – all of these styles not only keep your hair off your face or your neck, but also protect your delicate ends. Keeping those ends protected prevents excessive dryness and breakage, so not only will your hair grow, you'll retain that length.
Whether you’ll be protective styling throughout the summer or just a few times this season, check out these styles for inspiration:
Up-do / Pompadour
High Puff (great for transitioning/short hair )
2 Sided Braids/Cornrows
Clarify hair and scalp
With the temperature hotting up you’ll probably find yourself sweating more in the sun, at the gym and on your scalp. This will be the time to start cleansing your hair more frequently to remove the sweat and dirt build-up. To avoid spending money on new product, a mid-week apple cider vinegar rinse is sufficient to gently remove scalp build-up. Just be sure to use your fingertips (not your nails!) to massage the scalp and clarify.
Use a Leave-In Conditioner
After being exposed to the heat and sun, always replenish moisture in your hair by applying a hydrating leave-in conditioner that softens, promotes manageability and shine, while reducing frizz. Giovanni Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner and Teresa Angelina Leave-In Protector are two of my favourites.
Since there tends to be more humidity in the air, products with glycerin or other humectants are great during this time of year as a leave-in. Also, be sure to do a deep conditioning treatment at least every two weeks to rejuvenate your locks.
While on the beach put a barrier between your hair and the sun’s damaging rays, which may fade colour and leave tresses feeling like straw. Oils seal in moisture and provide high-gloss shine, so ensure that you apply an oil-based treatment or create your own oils mix.
Don't forget to deep condition
Apply your deep conditioner evenly throughout wet hair after shampooing, place hair under a plastic cap/plastic bag and apply moderate heat for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. For an added super boost of moisture, shine and softness, try adding a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of natural oil (e.g. extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, coconut, argan etc) to your deep conditioning treatment before you apply it to your hair.
Wear a hat
Rock a sun hat to keep hair and skin shielded from bright UV rays, as well as protecting colour and moisture. This is also a great time to get stylish and sport a colourful scarf /turban on your hair.
The sun is already putting too much heat on your hair, so avoid the additional heat as much as you can. Reduce the use of blow dryers and try to air-dry your hair overnight. Avoid using curling irons and straighteners as they can stress your hair and cause breakage.
Check out these examples of how to stretch your natural hair without using heat HERE.
After swimming in a pool or the ocean, be sure to wash your hair that same day with a clarifying shampoo or use one of my favourite natural hair cleansers, apple cider vinegar. Both will help to remove chlorine or salt, which can cause dryness and damage, leaving it brittle and fading colour. Plus these will gently wash away product buildup for healthier tresses.