Summer is here!!!
I live in Las Vegas and it’s already reaching temperatures of 104 degrees. Can you imagine what that does to your hair? Your skin? Your everything? Here are my quick summer tips and product favorites followed by the Natural Hair Rules Contributor Team. Below you will also find information about my next upcoming event.
Water is your friend! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Moisturize from the inside out by drinking lots of water. And find a great daily moisturizer that’s water-based. EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Hair Milk are favorites of mine.
If you don’t splurge on anything else, Splurge on this moisturizing shampoo, Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo. It’s the foundation of your hair regimen. Your shampoo should be gentle, moisturizing, and nourishing. This sulfate-free shampoo is all of these things and more. It also works as a clarifying shampoo to remove product build-up and hard water minerals.
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During the summer months, I love light refreshers and moisturizers. My summer (and year-round) staple is Curls Creme Brulee. I use it as a daily moisturizer to quickly refresh and moisturize my hair.
To seal, I use Avocado oil — my favorite oil.
My other favorite is Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner. First, the light fragrance is amazing. I always get compliments on how great it smells. If you are looking for a spray moisturizer, it is a definite must.
In the summertime, I prefer a leave-in that effectively moisturizes my hair without weighing it down. Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in Conditioner is just the right consistency to give my hair the moisture it needs as the first step in my styling process… not too thick and not super watery. As a plus, the subtly sweet pomegranate and guava scent is perfect for summer!
When it comes to styling, my hair loves whipped butters like Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer. A little bit of this light and fluffy shea butter blend goes a long way and I always get the bomb twist-outs and braid-outs without that extra greasy feeling. I’ve found it to be an awesome sealant during the warmer months.
I love Shea Moisture’s Curling Soufflé during the summer. I try not to even bother fighting frizz in the humid weather so I opt for curly high puffs as my go to style or a curly fro. The soufflé is super moisturizing, defining and works great with my hair in warm weather.
It contains two of my favorite ingredients: Aloe and glycerin which almost always produces great results with my hair.
Stretchy hair ties and headbands like these are another favorite of mine because I tend to keep my hair laid back rather than in my face in the summer. My hair can get pretty sweaty in humid weather, plus I think they add a nice touch of style.
Markeita Pruitt, owner and operator of Touch of Heaven Salon
Summer always seems to cause me to switch my regimen due to drastic temperature changes. But because my hair is short, I typically wear wash and go hairstyles, which can easily dry out if I don’t use the right products during the summer.
One product in particular that I add to my at home regimen and my at work arsenal is Taliah Wajid Curl Sealer. I’ve made mention of this product times before in past blogs. It gives the best curl definition while providing lasting moisture and frizz free curls. It doesn’t leave a lingering sticky aftermath on my strands and the composition of glycerin draws the moisture from the air into my hair, which makes it an outstanding summer product.
My second must have summer product is castor oil. This has become my go to oil for a while now, but especially in the summer. It is heavy, but for me and my 4b/4c hair, it doesn’t weigh it down or leave a residue. Now I have found that you have to be careful because it is very easy to overuse. But, I have discovered that when applied at night before bed, castor oil seals in my moisture better than any other oil, keeping my hair extremely soft, with a natural sheen. Whether I rock a twist out or wash and go, these products help maintain the overall health of my hair with minimum dryness in the summer time.