Changing seasons can have a big impact on natural hair as well as your kid's hair, not only in the way it looks but the way it feels. As summer approaches this means sun and humidity, which can dry out your curly hair and make it brittle, dry, and prone to breakage. But, that’s the last thing you want to be thinking about when you have months of amazing weather to enjoy, trips to the beach, and hanging out with friends.
Luckily we’ve got you covered with the best summer hair tips to combat your dry hair and keep it moisturized.
Seal your hair strands
The purpose of sealing the hair is to trap moisture in it so your style lasts and you do not end up with dry, frayed ends in two days or less. Arguably, one of the most important steps to length retention is sealing your hair. Whether you are relaxed or natural, figuring out the most effective way to keep moisture in your hair through an effective sealing routine will be one of the keys necessary for successful healthy longer lengths.
Mixing up your styling routine is a great way of combating dry hair during the summer. Try the LOC method (Liquid/leave-in, Oil, and Cream) to seal in moisture and create a barrier against dryness caused by heat. Using oil will offer maximum moisture retention compared to applying it at the end of your routine, you can then follow with your styling cream for definition. Instead of allowing products to simply sit on the hair strand, the products are encouraged to penetrate the strand and add much-needed moisture.
Deep Condition Weekly
You must adapt your wash day routine to reflect the warmer weather. For example, if you only deep condition once a month, try increasing this to weekly or at a minimum, every other week. Hair masks, protein treatments, and deep conditioners will infuse your dry hair with natural oils and ingredients to revive your curls after a long week in the sun.
All deep conditioners are not created equal. So while, generally, most deep conditioners are left on the hair for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing, it’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s directions so you ensure you get the best results.
To help your hair better absorb the products you use, try adding heat! Heat helps to open up the hair strands so that the deep conditioner can penetrate the strand and go to work. To add heat to your hair care routine, try wrapping your head in a warm towel, using a heated head wrap, or putting on a plastic cap and sitting under a hooded dryer.
Try protective styles
Kids' hair can become a little unruly, especially during the summer. Protective styles such as braids, twists, and updos will stop dry hair from being frazzled in the sun. Apply a leave-in cream or styling cream and choose a hairstyle that keeps the curls neatly tucked away. Not only will this help with breakage, but your products have a better opportunity to lock in moisture that is easily lost when the hair is worn loose. These easy styles can be worn for a few days and when it comes to refreshing the plaits all you need to do is add a little oil and water for the perfect summer hair.
Protect your hair from the elements
Just as you protect your skin from the warm weather, you should protect your hair too. Wearing a cap or satin-lined hat will stop your hair from becoming dry and frizzy. This is a great option for an adult's hair and kids' hair alike. Now your kids can play outside without worrying about what their hair looks like afterward and their locks will stay manageable, moisturized, and the style will last 30% longer. Saltwater and chlorine can also create dry hair, so it’s a good idea to keep a leave-in spray in your bag so you can add moisture back to your hair throughout the day.
Even just incorporating a few of our tips will help you maintain the moisture in your hair during these hot summer months.
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