Summer 2020 is upon us! Time for a new summer natural hair routine. 🙂
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, our melanin is increasing and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Winter and its associated frigidness is finally a thing of the past.
Time to get outside and soak up the vitamin D (although, most of our summer plans have probably been cancelled by the global pandemic, but that's another story).
But with the changing seasons comes the need for a new hair regimen. You need yourself a summer natural hair routine!
In winter, we increased our deep conditioning treatments, decreased our protein and shampoo use, and protective styled as often as possible.
But just as summer is more gentle on our coils than its icy counterpart, we need to stay just as diligent on our natural hair routines.
Ready to know the top five tips to maintain natural hair this summer? Let's go!
Sweat It Out, Wash It Off!
Unlike winter, hotter temperatures mean more perspiration. More perspiration on your scalp leads to dirt and grime build-up that can clog your pores.
The first order of business for your new summer natural hair routine: your wash day routine needs to be on POINT!
Your wash day routine is critical to ensure that your hair remains moisturized and frizz free this season.
There is a misconception in the natural community that shampoo is bad for you. And in some ways it is.
But the act of clarifying, regardless of how you clarify, is absolutely mandatory for healthy natural hair.
Over shampooing your curls can lead to hair that's drier than the Sahara. But not shampooing enough can lead to the same thing.
So with that in mind, weekly shampooing is recommended to clear out the dirt and grime that's build up on your hair.
For Type 4b-4c naturals, shampooing every 10-14 days is recommended to make sure your cleaning your scalp adequately but not over-stripping your hair. Remember to focus your efforts on your scalp!
If you experience excessive sweating during the summer, try doing a co-wash or green tea rinse (which has some cleansing properties) in between wash days.
Scalp Health = Summer Edition
Just to be clear, your scalp is sensitive AF.
We constantly emphasize the importance of a healthy scalp. And during the summer, there are a million ways to damage your scalp and follicles.
For the summer, focus on the following to promote a healthy scalp:
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It’s Cool To Condition
Just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean you get to neglect your deep conditioning routine, sis/bro! The sun’s rays can suck the moisture from your hair and cause frizz and dryness, especially if you're not using the right leave-in conditioner (more on that later).
Use moisturizing deep conditioners at least once a week. Our favourite deep conditioner at the moment is the Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Strengthening Hair Masque.
It's incredibly moisturizing, contains growth-inducing ingredients such as rosemary oil and biotin, and smells amazing. It's great for all textures but is MINDBLOWING for Type 4 naturals. Best of all, it's only about $20!
Love Your Leave-Ins
You know how they say "some friends are only in your life for a season"? Same goes with leave-ins.
In general terms, some products contain humectants that suck the moisture out of the air and into your hair. If the air is too dry (like in winter), the air pulls the moisture from your hair into the environment.
But, if there's too much water in the air (during humid days in the summer, for example), your hair absorbs too much water and it becomes frizzy.
As naturals who suffer from chronically dry hair, we want as much moisture as we can without overburdening our hair.
The solution? For the summertime, you want to use lightweight, water-based leave-in, use a little bit of cream, and opt for either a gel or an anti-humectant oil (jojoba oil and olive oil are our favorite oils for the summer). This will ensure your hair absorbs the right amount of oil!
Eat Your Greens
There's nothing more important than a healthy lifestyle.
Eating your way to long, healthy natural hair is possible this summer. Focus on buying foods around the perimeter of the grocery store (fruits, veggies, dairy, meats) and avoid eating too much foods located in the interior, or the shelves, which are usually full of loads of salt, sugars, and preservatives.
The Bottom Line
Curls were made for summertime. There's nothing quite seeing healthy, flourishing natural hair in the sun. If you continue deep conditioning, use the right leave-ins, take care of your scalp and eat your greens, you're well on your way for healthy, natural hair!
Summer 2020, whether or not you're quarantining where you live, will be one for the books.
What are your tips for summer natural hair care? Share some down below!