Summer is the time to let down your hair, relax and have fun! However, the summer sun’s harsh rays can really mess with your hair, drying it out and making it frizzy or unmanageable. If you struggle to keep your hair in check during the warm summer months, here are a few tips on how you can keep it protected and looking fresh and bouncy:
Keep it Under Wraps
Perhaps one of the best ways to protect your natural hair is to keep it covered and protected from the sun’s harsh rays. Wear a hat, accessorize with scarves, or invest in a high quality body wave weave to keep your natural tresses shielded from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Harlem Hair Company is a black owned business that offers 100% virgin hair extensions and weaves that are luxurious to the touch, beautiful-looking and long-lasting for women who want to look and feel their best all throughout the year.
If you must expose your natural hair to the sun, be sure to spray on a heat protectant and SPF to minimize sun damage to your tresses.
Avoid Split Ends and Breakage
Excessive heat can dry out your hair, which in turn can make it brittle and more prone to breakage. Avoid this and split ends by conditioning your hair more often with a nourishing conditioner. Conditioners thinly coat your hair strands, locking in moisture and keeping them stronger and less prone to damage. For a natural solution, consider soaking the ends of your hair in rice water as recommended by Harlem Hair Company.
Rice water is quickly gaining popularity in the black hair community, as it has multiple benefits for your hair. It is rich in vitamins and minerals that help promote hair growth, and prevent split ends and breakage. Rice water can be used after shampooing as an alternative to your traditional conditioner.
Keep Your Hair Moist
Scorching summer heat can definitely dry out your hair if you don’t take care to protect and maintain it. Keep your hair well hydrated by using an overnight serum at night, and always have a bottle of hair mist on hand to freshen up throughout the day. There are plenty of specialty hair mists suitable for black hair on the market, but you can simply fill a small spray bottle with water if you want a cheap and easy solution. If you live in an area that has hard water, distilled bottled water is best.
Change up Your Style
If you’re the low maintenance type who doesn’t want to spend too much time fussing over her hair, consider changing up your hairstyle and getting a shorter haircut. Shorter hair is easier to maintain and care for, not to mention it could also help you keep cooler during the hot summer. Be sure to get regular trims to maintain the style and prevent split ends at the same time.
With the right products and the patience and consistency to protect, moisturize and condition your hair, you can keep it looking and feeling healthy, fresh and bouncy all throughout the summer months!