10 Summer Tips For Natural Hair

 

10 Best Summer Natural Hair TipsSpritz & Seal

Spritz & Seal is a great way to moisturize DAILY and prevent breakage.  A moisturizing spritz that consist of water, aloe vera juice, and avocado oil will hydrate the driest of hair.  Some of my readers, shout the praises of Argan Oil too. But moisture can easily escape if not sealed in with a natural sealant.

The best natural sealants are heavy oils (jojobacastor, or almond) or thick butters, Shea Butter for example.

Shea butter (here are 10 Place You Can Buy Shea Butter) is also rich in SPF which protects your hair from UV rays. Try my simple whipped Shea Butter Recipe. You will find it here.

Spritz & Seal is perfect for moisturizing protective styles like braids, Marley Twists, or Havana Twists. (If you love Box Braids (and we all do) you may want to check out these quick Do’s and Don’ts of Braids.)

Read: Castor Oil & Hair Regrowth

Don’t Forget The Leave-In

After being exposed to the heat and sun, always replenish moisture in your hair by applying a hydrating leave-in treatment that softens, promotes manageability and shine, while busting frizz. Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner and Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner are both available at Wal-Mart.

Also, be sure to do a deep conditioning treatment every two weeks or as needed to rejuvenate your locks.

SEE ALSO: 5 Best Moisturizing Deep Conditioners

Co-Wash In Between Shampoo Sessions

Sometimes your hair and scalp can’t wait until your next shampoo session to be fully saturated with water. For a mid-week re-hydrating session cowash your hair with your favorite conditioner and then style as normal. Your hair will love you for it.

For some people cowashing daily is even great for their hair. Once my hair got to a certain length this wasn’t the best option for me. But when it was shorter my hair and scalp LOVED it.  You may find that your hair feels the same.

Now, it creates more shrinkage than I wanted and more work during my already busy week.

Check out this list of 10 Cowashing Conditioners You Should Know

Get Rid of Those Dead (Split) Ends

Split, damaged, dead ends will not retain moisture. Its just best to cut them.  Get rid of those dead ends, girl!!!

Some signs that its time for a trim are pesky single strand knots, tangles, extremely dry & frizz ends, and your hair just doesn’t appear to be growing.  This is the perfect time to cut them before that cause any more trouble.

If you’re unsure of what your trim schedule should be read this post on things that determine how often you should trim your ends.

SEE ALSO:  7 Reasons It May Appear Your Hair Has ‘Stopped Growing’

Detox those locks!

If you’re using a lot of oil (oiling hair daily, regularly using heavy butters and oils e.g shea butter, castor oil, doing regular oil rinses/hot oil treatments etc), you may find that mild shampoos simply aren’t able to clean your hair, sufficiently.

You may find that without the occasional clarifying shampoo, you may develop build up issues or that your hair is dull. In some case, your hair may even be dry because water is unable to penetrate.

Naptural 85, Youtube Blogger saw many of these signs and decided after 3 years without it to go back to shampoo. You can see it here.

SEE ALSO:  5 Reasons To Clarify Your Natural Hair

Clarify After Swimming

After swimming in a pool or the ocean, be sure to wash your hair that same day with a clarifying shampoo such as SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo  to remove chlorine or salt, which can cause dryness and damage, leaving it brittle and fading color.

Again a more gentle alternative, that’s also great for color treated hair is Ouidad Superfruit Clarifying Shampoo.

Embrace Shrinkage

Shrinkage is not the enemy… Our hair has a natural tendency to tightly curl or coil which exhibits itself in shrinkage.  I personally see about 50% shrinkages. Although my hair is mid-back length, it shrinks to about shoulder length. I wrote about my experience here.

Shrinkage isn’t all bad because its your hair’s way of protecting itself from losing moisture.   Embrace it or if you want to minimize shrinkage use heatless methods of stretching hair like these hairstyles: 5 Hairstyles That Minimize Shrinkage

Products that Stand Up Against Humidity

I know a lot about humidity. I was born in Houston, TX. Can you say ‘hot and humid’?!

Humidity can cause your hair to swell in a matter of minutes.  The best way to beat the poof and frizz that comes with humidity is to invest in great styling products that keep your hair hydrated, yet shield it from the moisture in the air.

Here are a few styling products that do that…

EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Pudding Souffle
Design Essentials Natural HONEY CurlForming Custard with Honey & Chamomile
Earth’s Nectar Honey Curls
EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme
Miss Jessie’s Original Curly Pudding
Jane Carter Twist and Shine
As I Am Twist Defining Cream

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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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