Summer is here and for most of you that means a change in regimen. We will discuss a few tips, products and styles to help deal with the summer heat, humidity and fun.
Mastering the Wash-n-Go
The WnG is a go-to style for many naturals in the summer time. It is meant to be a quick easy style with low manipulation that gets you on your way. Start by cleansing, co-washing or wetting your hair in the shower. Add your favorite leave-in or moisturizer for additional softness. Layer on a gel or custard to help provide additional curl definition. Finish up with an oil or butter to help seal it all in, decrease any crunch from the gel and add shine.
- Moisturizer/Leave-In: Oyin Hair Dew, Komaza Care Shea Butter Hair Lotion, Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia, Shea Moisture Hair Milk and Alaffia Shea & Coconut Hair Lotion.
- Gel/Custard: Koils by Nature Herbal Gel, Eco Styler Gel, Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Darcy’s Botanicals Curling Jelly, Aloe Vera Gel and Komaza Care Califa Styling Pudding, Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel.
- Sealant: Castor oil, shea butter, coconut oil, Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade, Koils by Nature Nourishing Hair & Body Butter, Pura Body Naturals Cupuacu Butter and Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist.
When its hot outside sometimes the last thing you want is to be bothered with your hair. There are a lot of great protective styles that are perfect for summer.
Braids: Whether you chose to braid up your own hair into small pixies braids (as seen in this picture) or go for extensions this is a style that last for a while and is easy to maintain. Be sure to cleanse your scalp regularly and keep it moisturized.
Twists: Kinky twists are a very popular choice for summer. They are quicker to install then braids and are fairly light. Mini-twists done with your own natural hair are another great way to go. It may take a while to get them in but the style can last for weeks.
Cornrow/Flat-twist: These styles are great options for those who would just like to have hair tucked away and not have to worry about a thing! With or without extensions this style can be very feminine and creative by fancy parting and by adding accessories.
Turban/Headwrap: A turban is an awesome way to protect your hair while being lazy. In the picture here you would never know that I had a lumpy fro that I hadn’t combed in over a week! All you need is a scarf and some imagination. If you want more info on tying headwraps check out this post.
What is summertime without enjoying the cool water of the ocean or your neighborhood pool? While natural hair loves water you do want to be wary of chlorine in pools and water parks and the salinity of the ocean.
- Protect: The suns rays are not only harmful for your skin but they can also be harmful for your hair. So if you are going to spend a large amount of time outside cover your head with a hat or scarf or use a product that includes sun protection like Ouidad Sun Shield Leave-In Conditioner or by simply diluting your favorite sunblock with water and spritzing it on your hair.
- Coat: Before you dive into the water grab your favorite condish and slather it on. The conditioner will work to create a barrier between your hair and the chlorine/salt. You can use a cheapy condish like Suave or V05 or you can pick up conditioners specifically formulated to protect against chlorine like Ion Swimmer’s Leave-In or Circle of Friends Kylie’s Pre-Swim Conditioner.
- Cover: Swimmer’s caps may not be very popular or cool-looking but there is no better way to protect your hair then to avoid the harshness of chlorine by keeping it from coming into contact with your hair.
- Cleanse: Once you are out of the water head toward the showers and rinse your hair ASAP. Then follow-up with a swimmer’s shampoo formulated to remove chlorine/salt from the hair. Ion Swimmer’s Shampoo, L’oreal Kids Swim & Sport Shampoo, Aubrey Orgnaics Normalizing Shampoo, California Baby Swimmer’s Shampoo, Joico K-pak Chelating Shampoo, Paul Mitchell Shampoo 3 and Kinky Curly Come Clean.
- Condition: Most swimmers shampoos are really strong clarifiers and have a tendency to leave your hair feeling dry so be sure you follow-up with a good deep conditioner to restore moisture and balance to your hair like Anita Grant Rhassoul Clay, Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment.