One of the biggest challenges for me is keeping my hair moist. No surprise! For most black women – regardless of hair texture – their natural curl impedes oil from penetrating their tresses. As a result, when the weather warms ups, I approach the heat with a plan and take extra steps to prevent my hair from becoming dry and brittle.
Black hair care tips for summer:
- Stay hydrated. The easiest way to ensure your locks stay luscious this summer is by drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day. This liquid regulates the circulation system, which feeds hair follicles. As a result, you’re hair is able to produce oil and better fight the damaging effects of the sun. (See: Health & Hair Growth – Drink Your Water)
- Occasionally, sport a wet hairdo. Let your blow dryer and flat iron stay in a drawer. Both of these tools are moisture killers. My favorite wet hairdo is a messy bun. After a wash, I merely towel dry my hair, pull what I can back and then accessorize with a decorative hair pin or a headband.
- Purchase a high quality moisturizer. Yes – you’ll have to visit a beauty store or possibly salon to pick the product up. However, in the end, your effort will be rewarded with strong, healthy hair. A high quality moisturizer minimizes the impact of summer heat as well as constant styling. For this reason, you should opt to use a daily moisturizer on your hair. (Recommended: ABBA Moisture Conditioner)
- Relax your hair less often. Go a week or two longer than usual. Why? Chemically straightened hair is more apt to become brittle and break from sun exposure. Also, there’s the ‘orange-effect’, an oxidation that occurs when your relaxer is bombarded by the sun. I have experienced this myself, which forced me to dye my hair in order to cover up brownish-orange streaks.
- Wear a swimmers cap. Going without one at the beach or pool might make you feel sexy. However, after the chlorine damages your hair, you’ll regret not wearing a swim cap. Plus, these days, there are so many designs for this head gear, you can always find one you like. (See: Headcovers Unlimited)
As you can see, protecting your hair from the sun and the resulting dryness is simple. Enjoy the warm weather, but without ruining your hair. For more information on black hair care, read Black Hair Care Tips for Thinning Hair.