Summer Hair Care: 4 Tips To Keep Curly Locks Healthy And Beautiful In The Heat

Keep your hair happy and healthy all summer long using these natural, chemical-free methods.

Natural hair rules in the summer! Now is the season to let go of perfect, sleek hairdos and embrace that loose, natural look. Learn how to protect your hair from the heat, sun, and humidity without turning it into an endless battle.

1. Cover up!

Use a scarf or hat to cover your head when you’re out in the sun. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp to retain moisture. A hat reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling, and protects colour-treated hair.

2. Put your hair up in loose, comfortable styles

A messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control and minimizing exposure to the sun. Tight hairstyles can be damaging because they tend to pull and tear hair, especially if your hair is dry from the summer heat.

3. Wash less often

Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. Try just rinsing in the shower after a day at the beach or pool, and see if that gets rid of some extra oil. Use a homemade or natural dry shampoo, such as cornstarch, in place of regular shampoo to go a bit longer without washing. Another quick fix is to dab a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel along your scalp to dissolve excess oil.

4. Ditch Styling Tools

Our hair has seen its fair share of torture over the past few years – from balayage, ombre and pastel colour trends to Angel-worthy curls courtesy of heated styling tools. But finally our hair cuticles can breathe a well-deserved sigh of relief – overly styled hair is out and the natural, undone look is in (dead hair is so last year). The key to rocking undone glam is for your hair to be in tip-top condition. We’re talking shiny, soft and strong, with no split ends or frizzy flyaways in sight. To achieve the casually cool look, it’s all about damage control. Opt for hydrating shampoos and conditioners, and indulge in a specialised hair treatment at least once a week. Avoid products that contain harsh sulfates, parabens or sodium chlorine – these will weigh your hair down and make you look more dowdy than diva.
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