When summer approaches, you know what that means: heat, humidity and more heat! Besides lots of fun in the sun, it's time to tweak your hair care routine to make it through the season with a healthy head of hair. If you don't normally make changes to your style routine when the seasons change, it's a good idea to get into this habit.
Black Hair Care Tips for the Summer
Chances are you'll be outdoors a lot more. The sun can be brutal on hair, especially hair that already has a tendency toward dryness. When you're proactive about hair care, your mane won't have to suffer the summertime blues. Try these hair-saving tips during the summer and your tresses will look just as gorgeous (or better) at the end of the season as it did going in.
Tip#1: Wear a Hat
The simplest way to keep the sun from drying out your hair is to wear a hat on days when you know you'll be outside for extended periods of time. There are many choices besides baseball caps! Try wide-brimmed straw hats, brimmed canvas hats, and even denim caps. Whatever strikes your fancy and keeps your hair protected works. To avoid damage or pulling, be sure to put a barrier between your mane and your hat material: wrap a satin or silk scarf around your hair before donning a hat. This will protect your tresses from straw, canvas or other rough material.
Tip #2: Better Yet, Try a Scarf or Headwrap
If hats aren't your thing, wrap a long and thin silk or satin scarf around your hair and knot it at the nape of your neck, letting the ends dangle down your back. It's quick, it's easy and it's a great way to add some flair to a simple summer outfit.
You might also try headwraps, which are hot right now. Look into companies like The Wrap Life or Ashro for modern, colorful and/or Afrocentric wraps which are so much more beautiful than that cotton bandana you scored at the dollar store. Wraps offer full-head protection as well as being fashion-forward.
Tip#3: Wet/Wash Often
If you swim a lot in the summer, rinsing your hair after every dip in the pool or ocean is crucial. Daily shampooing can also dry your hair, so stick to rinsing and conditioner washes, but shampoo at least once a week, preferably with shampoos made for swimmers, and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. Even if you don't regularly swim in a chlorinated pool or ocean, you're probably perspiring more during the summer, so washing salty sweat out of your tresses helps to keep them healthy and flourishing.
Focus on cleansing your scalp when co-washing so that you don't manipulate your hair too much. Don't forget about occasional protein treatments as well if you're a frequent swimmer. This is especially important if your tresses are relaxed. Adding strengthening protein keeps your hair strong and better able to stand up to heat and daily manipulation.
Tip#4: Wear Protective Styles
Popular summer protective options include:
All of these styles not only keep your hair off your face or neck but also protect your delicate ends. Keeping those ends protected prevents excessive dryness and breakage, so not only will your hair grow, but you'll retain that length. It's easy to combine a two-braid hairstyle with a scarf or hat, giving you plenty of summer flair for even the most simple hairdos.