Summer is fast approaching and travel, the beach, the pool, and random mini getaways are a big part of my Family Summer Plans this year! I am not interested in getting any extensions, sew ins or wearing any wigs this summer as a type of protective styling…
Its time to start gathering inspiration on how to style and maintain my Natural Hair while I’m enjoying this beautiful season… Here are some tips I’ve come up with. This can change.
- Instead of washing hair before getting in the water, gently wet and apply leave-in conditioner. You can use a regular leave-in conditioner or a leave-in conditioner with added SPF. Applying conditioner to your hair before you get in the water accentuates the protective barrier effect.
*** I love L’Oreal EverPure Leave-In Conditioner W/ Rosemary Mint
- Use protective hair accessories. Hats, scarves, swimmer’s caps- these are all types of hair accessories that every natural should have during the summer. If you’re not a fan of covering up your hair, you should atleast tie it up with a soft scrunchie (assuming your hair is long enough to be tied). Keeping hair covered or tied means that you will have less tangling, and less frustration when it comes time to wash and style your hair.
- As soon as you exit the water, rinse hair thoroughly with fresh water. Harsh water is called harsh for a reason. This type of water contains minerals and compounds (i.e. sodium chloride and chlorine) that can actually leech moisture and cause dry/brittle hair.
- After you’ve rinsed your hair, take a generous handful of leave-in conditioner and thoroughly coat your hair. Some women like to shampoo their hair after exiting the pool, and then follow-up with a conditioner. I prefer to skip the shampoo step and just co-wash. I believe skipping the shampoo step (even if the shampoo is sulfate free) is a lot gentler for hair.
- When you get home, rinse the conditioner from your hair and follow-up with a deep conditioning treatment. An avocado and coconut milk hair mask is a really great all-natural deep conditioning treatment that will help replace moisture and add lots of sheen to hair that has been stressed from a day of water and sun.
And that’s all ladies! Those are a few easy, breezy tips to keep your hair healthy and fab during the summer. Products I plan to use
The routine I plan to maintain… I am going to set up an appointment in Mid-June for a Wash, Set Trim and New Color. The remainder of this season, I will Co-Wash every 3 days with : ,
Oil treat with Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and my Fave Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Poo Wash once every 3 weeks. No heat, Lots of Stretching Styling while Wet.
Styles I plan to do…Twists, Twists and more Twists.
Any suggestions? What are your Summer Hair Care plans?