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

MOISTURIZE!!!

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 to make your moisturizing sprays.

See Also: 5 DIY Moisturizing Sprays for Natural Hair

But 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. Read more about Penetrating Oils here

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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. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. I am in NC and this is my first summer with natural hair that isn’t dreads so with this dead heat and humidity i need all the help i can possible get cause of right now water and olive oil is my best friend

  5. I use my water, glycerine, and peppermint oil (instant softness) every other day on my hair which is worn in a puff everyday. On the other days, I use a conditioner-water concoction with Cantu oil moisturizer. On Fridays evenings I twist my hair for the weekend which are taken down Monday mornings. I don’t mind my shrinkage although I wish my twists had some hang to them. But the thickness and very curly ends is keeping that from happening.

  6. My biggest problem during summer is dryness.
    When I bun, moisturize and more moisturizing.

  7. Best tip for summer hair… Moisture, wear a bat when you can and wear protective hair styles.

  8. Kamisha Cook says:

    I t’s been a year now since my family and I have moved to Puerto Rico. The humidity and constant heat, is killing my poor scalp. It constantly sweats and itches, especially when I wear my hair out. I make sure that my products are simple and my hair styles as well. 2 strand twists, I wear for 2 weeks and co-wash once during that week. When the 3rd week comes around, I rewash my hair and start the process all over again. I pre-poo, clarify, deep condition, Cantu leave-in, and seal with castor oil. Simple.

    • Kamisha,

      Thanks for your comment. I know what you mean about dry scalp. I will be sharing a new moisturizing spray recipe that has helped with that. Stay tuned.

  9. Cornelia says:

    I just finished delocing after almost 15 years of wonderful cultured locs. I love my new hair and I think I’m a 4b. Unfortunately I have no real idea what products will work best of me and will be heading out to discover the right mix. I’m starting with I Am Me products but not sure if there is another line that isn’t as expensive. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Cornelia,

      The best way to shop for products is first identify what you need. Do you need a gentle cleanser? Or a conditioner? Identify what your hair needs are and go from there.

  10. The heavens opened up and light shined upon me (too much?) when I found your blog on twitter. I am mixed, and my mother who is chamorro (native people from Guam) tried her best to manage my hair. Bless her heart! Still, seeing as how her was straight, she didn’t know how to really take care of my hair as a child. Also, I didn’t grow up around any of my black relatives or knew anyone with my kind of hair so I had no clue how to take care of it. The internet wasn’t really around then so there was no hope in googling. Anyway, in the midst of all the rambling I want to thank you for writing such a informative and helpful blog. I just spent the last thirty minutes going through all of your posts and taking notes. At 26, I still don’t have any idea how to take care of my hair – especially since it is not straight and not curly. Some weird in between… Probably, maybe, because of the perm I got last year. So, now I am on a quest to get my hair in the best condition possible and you have given me a starting point. Thank you! Maybe I am not a hopeless cause.

  11. 3caramel7 says:

    If the sun is particularly hot, try to stay out of the sun, like the people who live in those particularly climes do mainly between the hours of 11-3pm when the sun is at its highest. Otherwise cover your hair with a funky scarve or hat to protect your hair from frying and dehydrating in the midday heat!

    • challenge for me is shrinkage i never had this problem in the past i been natural for over 10 years. I use oils in my spray bottle but i get shrinkage when i do my twist with bantu knots. WHY IS THAT???

      • Monica, Shrinkage is a natural part of your hair. Shrinkage can result in humid climates or maybe your hair is changing. Try one of the products mentioned above.

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