Summer time brings lazy beach days, the warm sun, and humidity. As the weather heats up, you may need to make a few changes to your daily routine to keep your hair healthy and happy. Keep reading for top summertime curl tips for kinky hair.
The summer sun can leave skin with a beautiful glow, but just as you layer your skin with nourishing lotions and UV protection, your hair will require the same love. Many oils and nut butters contain a natural SPF. Shea butter, olive oil, and raspberry oil can protect your strands from UV damage caused by the sun. The Sun’s UV rays can break down your hair’s Keratin protein, leaving your hair dry and brittle. If you notice your strands are dull, reach for a restorative conditioner. To avoid any possible damage sun rays can cause, reach for a hat or oil with a natural SPF. After a long day in the hot sun, be sure to treat your curls with cool Aloe gel or a moisturizing deep conditioner to revive your curls as part of your night time routine.
Follow these easy steps before taking a dip at the pool or beach.
As you make a splash this summer, be sure to prepare your hair for the pool or beach. Dry hair is thirsty hair, if you fail to provide your hair with moisture before swimming, your strands will soak up salt and chlorine. Before you take a dip in the pool, braid or twist your hair. Allow cold water to seep into your braids before slathering each braid with conditioner, and then oil. This layer of protection coats the cuticles of your hair, preventing harmful chemicals from depositing on your hair. Never swim with dry hair. Dry hair acts like a sponge, absorbing any moisture. Coating your hair with a nourishing layer before swimming will help to protect your strands. Do not remove the braids until your hair is completely dry after swimming, to limit tangles. Be sure to follow any swimming with a deep conditioner, a clarifying rinse of Apple Cider Vinegar, or clarifying a shampoo. Be sure to layer your hair with nourishing oils and conditioners before and after a swim.
Depending on where you live, the humidity can kick up during the summer months. Humidity can turn your defined twistout into a fluffy ‘fro which is a gorgeous style, but we know sometimes you want definition and sometimes you want fluff. To beat humidity induced shrinkage, we must first understand why hair swells. “Hair is composed primarily of lipids, water and a protein called keratin, important for hair strength and structure,” according to Dr. Avarbock of Cornell University. “Alterations in these components affect the quality of hair. People with dry hair are the ones who mainly experience frizz in humid weather. When it’s humid outside, dry or porous hair soaks up the excess water in the air, which alters interactions between keratin proteins.”
The outcome is swelling of the hair and breaks in its outer layer, called the cuticle, he said, resulting in the appearance of frizz. “If hair is well moisturized, then environmental changes, such as in humidity, will have less impact on it,” said Dr. Avarbock. Keep your strands well moisturized to limit the appearance of frizz. If your styled hair is well moisturized it is less likely to fall victim to humidity induced frizz.
Layering your hair with nourishing products will help trap moisture in each strand, and help you keep your hairstyle defined. In the summer months, you may notice some of your hair products react differently to the environment. Glycerin is a common ingredient found in many conditioners, and styling products. As a humectant, glycerin helps products, and your hair retain water. Because it can be affected by humid weather conditions, it can be difficult to get consistent results in humid weather when using glycerin. Some curly girls avoid glycerin during periods of high humidity. Do what is best for your hair. Experiment using different products, under various conditions and let your hair tell you what it likes!
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