A huge thank you to Kate Kelvin (a professional UK hair and make-up artist specialising in natural make-up) for this guest post on top tips for summer hair care. Over to Kate…
Dealing with curly/afro hair during the summer months can be tricky. Humidity makes your hair puffy, the heat dries it out and water seems to do absolutely nothing at all! So, you end up just pulling your hair into a ponytail or other simple style.
Here are some top tips that may help you to manage your hair and protect it from the elements, so that you make it to autumn with a healthy head of hair!
Top Tips For Summer Hair Care
Don’t fight it..
Don’t fight your natural hair texture. The less you blow dry, straighten and curl your hair, the better! Most likely your hair will revert within a day or two anyhow, and the sun will dry it out without you assisting the process with thermal appliances!
Protect your hair from the sun’s damaging rays by using hair care products that have UV protection and wear hats whenever possible.
Wash your hair regularly (every 3 to 5 days), but not daily. Stripping your hair of all its natural oils is not good for your hair. If you must wash your hair daily, wash with conditioner instead of shampoo. Believe me, the conditioner will still clean your hair and it will leave your hair in much better condition than excessive shampooing. Some people swear by this method as I do, however, I don’t go more than a week without washing my hair with shampoo, so that I can rid my hair of product build-up on my scalp.
Leave-in conditioners will be your best friend! Use them before swimming to help block damaging pool chemicals from absorbing into your hair shaft. Use them after swimming too. Condition on a daily basis if your hair doesn’t weigh down easily. Remember, your hair is like a sponge, so you don’t have to use a lot of products.
Deep conditioning your hair weekly is recommended, which just means to leave the conditioner on your hair for at least 20 minutes, preferably with a shower cap and sitting under a low to medium setting hair dryer. If you don’t have a dryer you can wrap a warm towel around your hair instead.
Try mixing some of your leave-in conditioner with hair gel as a styling aid. You can add a little olive oil or coconut oil to this mixture as well. For my hair below the shoulders, I mix about a quarter size of each, leave-in and gel and add about 2 drops of oil. You may have to adjust this for your hair’s length and/or density. This will give curls hold, but also prevent your hair from drying out and help to retain its’ moisture.
Protective styles (styles intended to protect your ends) are great! Wear buns, braids (not too tight), hair wraps and any type of style where your ends are not exposed or brushing against your shoulders. Wear them as often as possible. If you must straighten your hair, don’t forget to use a heat protectant before applying any type of heat! There are products that can help to ‘block’ the humidity too.
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Category: Hair & Make-Up