We spend a lot of time talking about our skin and the adequate steps to follow to keep it healthy. But another huge confidence booster and identity marker (especially if you’re a woman) is our hair. We often take haircare for granted. Just like pretty much everything else in our bodies, our hair needs time, attention, and the right products to look and feel healthy. How should we take care of our curly hair? How should you protect your hair in summer?
Though every head of hair contains the same structure, the products, ingredients, and routines change depending on the hair’s pattern. Straight hair is much easier to take care of in comparison to curly hair. This is because curly hair is naturally dyer and requires a lot of extra hydration and dedication to keep those curls healthy, bouncy, and shiny.
Summer Haircare Tips
Summer and Winter are arguably the most detrimental seasons to our hair health. Aside from heat and humidity, summertime brings with it long days in the sun, chlorinated pool water, and saltwater in the sea. These elements cause damage, so it’s best to follow some steps on how to protect your hair in the summer.
- Get A Haircut or Trim: The best way to start any new hair care routine is to get a haircut or trim split ends. Split ends travel upward, eventually causing damage to the entire strand of hair if not dealt with promptly.
- Add some leave-in conditioner before swimming: Saturating your hair with a leave-in conditioner before taking a dip in chlorinated pool water or the sea. This action will prevent as much harsh water from absorbing into your strands. Ensure to always try and rinse your hair after swimming if there’s a shower or hose available.
- Deep Condition: This is the holy grail for all hair types, but especially curly hair. It’s like exfoliation to skincare. Using a deep conditioner once or twice a week will keep your summer hair nicely moisturized and prevent the worst of the damage caused by the sun and water.
How to take care of your curly hair? (specifically in summer)
As mentioned above, the hair type that suffers the most during hot summer months is curly hair. By nature, curly hair is drier and needs more hydration and moisture than straight hair. In addition, for curls to look defined, shiny and happy, you need more than just shampoo and conditioner. Summer curly hair routine:
- Shampoo and Condition: Start off this routine with your regular moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Try to avoid harsh ingredients like sulfates in your products, especially shampoos.
- Dry Hair with Microfibre Towel or Cotton Shirt: Regular bath towels are extremely harsh on our hair, causing unwanted frizz. Use a microfibre towel or an old cotton t-shirt to dry excess water from your hair.
- Leave-in: Add some sort of leave-in conditioner to your hair once it’s no longer soaking wet. The application can be made in an upward scrunching motion to encourage the natural pattern of the curls. Depending on the thickness of your hair, be mindful of using too much or too little leave-in. Too much product on thin hair may weigh down the curls, or too little product on thick hair might lead to unwanted frizz.
- Gel, Mousse, or Hairspray: This is the most essential step for anyone wanting defined and frizz-free curls. Use a holding gel for tighter, more defined curls. If you want a more voluminous look, aim for lightweight products such as mousses or hairsprays. Similarly, apply them as the leave-in by scrunching up towards the scalp to encourage curl patterns.
- Air-Dry or Blow-Dry: Air-drying is the best option for anyone who wants minimal damage to their hair. It might take longer and produce less voluminous curls. If you opt for blow-drying, make sure to use a diffuser and keep the heat medium or low.
Enjoy your curly hair at the beach!
Tell us about your summer curly hair routine in the comments.