Summer is just around the corner! This, of course, means more heat and more humidity. You’ve got to get your hair ready for this change in weather so you get through the summer with a head of healthy hair. It’s always wise to change your routine up a bit to keep up with the changing seasons. Since you will be likely spending more time in the sun, which can be really hard of hair, you’ll have to take steps to keep your hair protected. Check out these four tips to retain length this summer.
1. Protect your hair from the sun, which will make your hair lighter, drier and more brittle. Wear a hat when you know that you’ll be outside for a while. There are so many different styles of hats, you will surely find a style that works for you. Or better yet, wrap your hair with a silk or satin scarf. Scarves are gentler on your hair than hats and the satin or silk material will help to keep your hair moisturized throughout the day. Scarves are also a great way to add some flair to your outfits. For those days that you don’t want a hat or a scarf, wear hair products with SPF protection. Olive oil (SPF of 7.549) or coconut oil (SPF of 7.119) can also be applied to your hair, but you may or may not need more SPF protection than that.
2. Wear protective styles. Keep your hair further protected with braids, buns, updos, twists, Bantu knots, cornrows or other protective styles. These styles will protect your delicate ends, preventing dryness and breakage.
3. Wash your hair more often. This is important especially if you’re a swimmer. Since shampoos tend to be drying, rinsing and conditioner washes are ok, but stick to it after each dip in a pool or the ocean. You should also deep condition more often. The exposure to chlorine or salt water can be damaging, as well, so protect your hair before you dive in by applying conditioner or oil to your strands.
4. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. If you’ve been in the natural community for any amount of time, you know this mantra well. The sun is hot and will dry out your hair in the blink of an eye, so keep the moisture going, especially if your hair is out loose.
Try and stick to these four tips to retain length this summer and you’ll greet autumn with a smile!