10 Summer Tips For Natural Hair


10 Summer Natural Hair TipsYes!!! Its that time again. Kiss Jack Frost good-bye until next year. Hopefully, your hair has made it through the winter unharmed.

But if you did experience some damage or breakage due to the winter; check out this 5 Step Repair For Seasonal Breakage here.

Being a mad hatter is a wonderful way to protect your hair. Sporting a chic sun hat to keep hair and skin shielded from those bright UV rays, while protecting color and moisture.  But aside from wearing a sun hat everyday, here are some other awesome tips that you may want commit to memory.

Here are 10 Best Summer Tips for Natural Hair


When it comes to hair, I really can’t emphasis the importance of moisturizing enough.  Your moisturizing routine or lack thereof can literally make or break your hair. Your hair needs moisture!!! And water equals moisture. In the past, we have been taught that water makes our hair dry and brittle. Now we know, that is so false. Your hair needs water.

Spritz & Seal at night before bed or during the day when your hair and scalp are extremely parched will save you from cleaning up hair strands off the floor.

In the summer, I carry a bottle of drinking water and a spray bottle for my hair (just in case). Moisturize your hair as often as you needed especially if you leave in very hot climates.

You may have to experiment with hairstyles that give you the freedom to moisturize without frizz or minimal shrinkage (if that bothers you).

Twisted or braided styles are usually perfect for that. If you live in an area with hard water, this maybe the only exception to limited tap water on your hair. Use bottled water instead to make your moisturizing sprays.

See Also: 5 DIY Moisturizing Sprays for Natural Hair

Do You Live in a State With Hard Water?

You can combat hard water by clarifying regularly with apple cider vinegar or a great moisturizing clarifying shampoo like Ouidad Superfruit Clarifying Shampoo or Sheamoisture Black Shampoo and Balancing Conditioner.

For Extremely Dry Hair: Try an Oil Rinse

A oil rinse has been compared to a hot oil treatment, but done in the shower. This is something that I do year round. Its simple!

Apply any of the three oils that penetrate hair (coconut, olive, or avocado) or try all three in the shower after shampooing your hair and scalp. Make sure to ring out excess water and apply oil from ends to roots.

Then condition hair as normal.  Its guaranteed to leave your hair soft and moisturize but not greasy.

Penetrating oils aid the hair by increasing its ability to absorb and retain water molecules. Oils such as coconut, olive, and avocado oils enter the hair and bind to water molecules due to their polar structure.

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Tamara is the Founding Editor of Natural Hair Rules!!! Natural Hair Rules (NHR) was originally created as her personal hair journal. Since its creation in 2008, it has grown to one of the top natural hair/beauty blogs online today.

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  1. Very helpful article! Thanks#

  2. Charvian says:

    For the summer, I lighten up the oil in my spritzing mix. During the winter, I’m heavy on the olive oil, jbco and glycerin. But for the summer I nix the glycerin and jbco, lighten up on the olive oil and use more coconut oil and shea oil. Then I make sure to spritz 2-3 times a day.

  3. Catherine says:

    My tip for summer: If you are spending a lot of time in outside in the sun to wear a hat or something type of cover to protect your hair from the sun. We have sun block for our skin, however we don’t consider the that our hair is just as vulnerable to the sun and UV rays.

    • Mary Martinez says:

      I’m not a hat wearer but I’ll try thxs good reminder.

    • Brenda RC says:

      Yes, I think wearing hats are a good option for protecting our natural hair. Also, making sure to keep it moisturized is essential. My challenge is the heat/humidity when working out early in the morning and then having to go to work. I try to stick with twists but would like more options.

  4. Mary Martinez says:

    My tips are keeping my hair moisturized, like mentioned and protecting it from the sun.

  5. I find that “dusting” every three to four weeks and alternating between olive and coconut oil (both mixed with castor oil) daily can really improve the body, length and lustre of naural hair. I live in Kenya, very hot most of the time, so heavy oils can be stressful, but i find these mixes quite manageable.

  6. Great article. Very helpful. Thanks for the tips! Enjoy your day!

  7. hi, it’s very in summer in my country Sénégal so in summer I use my personal mixture water+glycerine+argan oil and little Jbco or castor oil and it’s work well for my hair and almost time I’m in protective style . I hope it helps you and I love your naturel hair

    • Thanks for sharing. That sounds like a great combo!

    • Will distilled water in a spray bottle help reduce shrinkage? Can I just apply water on my hair after washing my hair once a week? I have a TWA afro and I would prefer to only apply leave in conditioner and seal with coconut oil.

      • That can work too, but it depends on where you live (I’m in Nevada so it gets super hot) and your hair. If you notice that your hair is super dry in between washes, you may want to try the moisturizing spritz with distilled water.

      • Thank you Tamara! My hair is not very dry between washes. I do keep my moisture level up after using a deep conditioner once a week.


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