Summertime is a time of fun and laughter and outdoor activities and it’s also a time when the heat, swimming, and direct sunlight can damage your hair and leave it looking dry and listless. You can take some simple precautions to ensure that your hair will remain ultra luxurious, moisturized and feel great even after a day spent outdoors in the summer heat.
#1 Cut Down On Washing
You may think that today’s shampoos and conditioners with their modern formulations would do a great job of protecting your hair from the ravages of summer but you’d be wrong. Washing your hair strips it of protective oils, which are even more important during the summer months.
#2 Natural Moisturizer
If you feel that your hair could do with a bit of moisturizer after a day in the sun try a mixture of water, aloe vera and avocado oil. Keep it in a spritz bottle and apply when necessary. It won’t damage your already stressed hair and it’s convenient for use at the beach or around the pool.
#3 Coconut Delight
If you want to keep your hair moisturized then shampoo as usual, pat dry and massage coconut oil (olive oil, jojoba, and avocado oil also work) into your roots. Rinse that out and use your usual conditioner. For best effect, the oil should be slightly warm. A great tip is to put the container on the shower floor or float it in the bath. It will be at the perfect temperature for application.
#4 Color Care
If you’ve got colored hair or dry hair then turn to that old and trusted coconut oil to help. Prior to going into the surf run some coconut oil through your hair with your fingertips and rinse with fresh water. That will protect and moisturize your hair even if you are in salt water during the day.
#5 Conditioning For Care
If you are going to be using conditioner on a regular basis try and find one with built-in UV protection. Many of the latest conditioners will actually tell you what level of SPF they offer.
#6 Cover Up
The best way to prevent damage and keep your hair moisturized is by simply keeping the salt water out. Get your hands on a swimming cap. Vintage looks are in and there are some great choices. You can get two protection factors for one if you apply a conditioning treatment before you put on your sexy swimming cap.
#7 Combs Are Cool
If you are going for that silky look and are going to be using a comb immediately after swimming then make sure that it is a wide-toothed comb. Combs with finely spaced teeth can tear your hair out at the roots, break off individual strands and promote frizz when your hair is wet.
Summertime is a time to spend with family and friends and following these simple tips can keep your hair looking exceptional so that you can have the peace of mind of knowing that whatever the weather you are going to be looking great.
About the Author :
Eve Salomon is a successful business owner and fashion enthusiast. She operates the website, African American Hair Style Videos which provides helpful and up-to-date videos straight from black natural hairstyle aficionados.