Attractive smiling african american woman wearing sunglassesSummertime is upon is and I hope you are getting outside and enjoying the weather in NYC. But with all the pros that summer brings, the season has its cons too- the effect it has on your hair.

Being a mad hatter is a wonderful way to protect your hair. Sporting a chic sun hat to keep hair and skin shielded from those bright UV rays, while protecting color and moisture.  But aside from wearing a sun hat every day, here are some other awesome tips that you may want commit to memory.

MOISTURIZE!!!

When it comes to hair, I really can’t emphasis the importance of moisturizing enough.  Your moisturizing routine or lack thereof can literally make or break your hair. Your hair needs moisture!!! And water equals moisture. In the past, we have been taught that water makes our hair dry and brittle. Now we know, that is so false. Your hair needs water.

Spritz & Seal at night before bed or during the day when your hair and scalp are extremely parched will save you from cleaning up hair strands off the floor.

In the summer, I carry a bottle of drinking water and a spray bottle for my hair (just in case). Moisturize your hair as often as you needed especially if you leave in very hot climates.You may have to experiment with hairstyles that give you the freedom to moisturize without frizz or minimal shrinkage (if that bothers you).

Twisted or braided styles are usually perfect for that. If you live in an area with hard water, this maybe the only exception to limited tap water on your hair. Use bottled water instead to make your moisturizing sprays.

Do You Live in a State With Hard Water?

You can combat hard water by clarifying regularly with apple cider vinegar or a great moisturizing clarifying shampoo like Ouidad Superfruit Clarifying Shampoo or Sheamoisture Black Shampoo and Balancing Conditioner

For Extremely Dry Hair: Try an Oil Rinse

A oil rinse has been compared to a hot oil treatment, but done in the shower. This is something that I do year round. It’s simple!

Apply any of the three oils that penetrate hair ( coconut, olive or avocado) or try all three in the shower after shampooing your hair and scalp. Make sure to ring out excess water and apply oil from ends to roots.

Then condition hair as normal.  It’s guaranteed to leave your hair soft and moisturize but not greasy.

Penetrating oils aid the hair by increasing its ability to absorb and retain water molecules. Oils such as coconut, olive, and avocado oils enter the hair and bind to water molecules due to their polar structure.

Spritz & Seal

Spritz & Seal is a great way to moisturize DAILY and prevent breakage.  A moisturizing spritz that consist of water,aloe vera juice, and avocado oil  will hydrate the driest of hair.  Some people sing the praises of Argan Oil too. But moisture can easily escape if not sealed in with a natural sealant.

The best natural sealants are heavy oils (jojoba, castor or almond) or thick butters, Shea Butter for example.

Shea butter is also rich in SPF which protects your hair from UV rays.

Don’t Forget the Leave-In

After being exposed to the heat and sun, always replenish moisture in your hair by applying a hydrating leave-in treatment that softens, promotes manageability and shine, while busting frizz. Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner and Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner are both available at Walmart & other retailers.

Also, be sure to do a deep conditioning treatment every two weeks or as needed to rejuvenate your locks.

Get Rid of Those Dead (Split) Ends

Split, damaged, dead ends will not retain moisture. It’s just best to cut them.  Get rid of those dead ends, girl!!!

Some signs that it’s time for a trim are pesky single strand knots, tangles, extremely dry & frizz ends, and your hair just doesn’t appear to be growing.  This is the perfect time to cut them before that cause any more trouble.

Detox those locks!

If you’re using a lot of oil (oiling hair daily, regularly using heavy butters and oils e.g shea
butter, castor oil, doing regular oil rinses/hot oil treatments etc), you may find that mild shampoos simply aren’t able to clean your hair, sufficiently.

You may find that without the occasional clarifying shampoo, you may develop build up issues or that your hair is dull. In some case, your hair may even be dry because water is unable to penetrate.

Clarify After Swimming

After swimming in a pool or the ocean, be sure to wash your hair that same day with a clarifying shampoo such as SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo to remove chlorine or salt, which can cause dryness and damage, leaving it brittle and fading color.Again a more gentle alternative, that’s also great for color treated hair is Ouidad Superfruit Clarifying Shampoo.