summer time hair care 101
many women who rock their natural curls and kinks may agree that the summer months are the most care-free season in regards to hair care. after all, longer days and higher temperatures almost eliminate the need for the numerous hair tools that we use during the year to maintain and style our tresses. here are some tips for easy, almost care-free hair that you can rock from the boardroom to the beach
- when in doubt, just add water
ever wake up in the morning with your afro flat on one side? no need to load your tresses with tons of styling product and/or gel to style it. water is actually a great detangler on its own! hop in the shower and let the water handle any tangles and knots. then shake and let your coils form and fall naturally. for an added boost of deliciousness, spritz on your favorite leave-in like our go tea grooming spray for super hydrated curls.
- don’t fight the humidity!
embrace it and what it can do for your hair. highly textured kinks and coils thrive on water, water based products and the high level of precipitation in the air during the summer months. dreaming of a big, succulent afro or the perfect chunky twist-out? put away the anti-frizz creams and serums and let the humidity caress the your strands, encouraging voluminous natural hair as your strands swell. we should warn you however, big, juicy afros have been known to stop traffic, draw a crowd and cause tidal waves. okay, we’re kidding about the traffic part ;o)
- skip the shampoo
and wash your hair with conditioner! wait…what?!? that’s right, cone-free (silicone) conditioners can be used to cleanse hair gently without stripping hair of its natural oils. the added moisturizing ingredients in your condish will provide an extra boost of moisture to thirsty curls leaving them soft and supple to the touch. our honey hemp conditioner doubles well for use as a conditioner wash or co-wash with its high content of fatty acids, honey and aloe vera gel.
- back away from the flat iron/hot comb/blow dryer
higher temperatures outside means that its the perfect time to air dry your hair and avoid possible heat damage. we know, you always use a protective serum before heat styling, but why spend time inside curling/straightening/blow drying your hair when you can be outside frolicking and soaking up the sun. no heat, also means less time spent with worry and frustration if you go to the beach or the pool. feel free to jump in and have a good time, and when you emerge from the water as a glistening sun goddess with a head full of happy ringlets, you’ll be thrilled you left the left the flat iron under the bathroom sink.
share some of your summer time hair care tips in the comments!