The Black Hair Summer Survival Guide
Most of us are quick to acknowledge the need to protect our skin from the rigors of summer heat and sun. But as the first warmer days arrive, a quick glance in the mirror frequently lets us know what we forgot to protect — our hair.
Indeed, a season of exposure to sun, salt water, and chlorine chemical residues — not to mention a few extra chemical “sun” streaks for style — can come together to wreak havoc on our tresses. By the end of the summer, experts say hair can become so dehydrated it looks and feels nearly fried.
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Chlorine and salt water both dry, discolor, and damage hair. Chlorine binds to the hair, filling in gaps in the hair shaft. Mineral deposits in salt water make hair brassy and brittle. Both severely dehydrate her normal hair. Imagine how these elements affect her delicate, kinky/curly hair which tends to be much drier than straight hair. It is imperative that you (1) take preventative steps to avoid damaged, lifeless hair, (2) moisturize her hair on a daily basis to restore moisture balance, and (3) take the time to incorporate a quality summer hair care regime.
Here are six (6) summertime tips that will keep damaged, split, brittle, frizzy hair away, so you and your hair can enjoy the summer without worry.
Summer Hair Care Tips
1. Before you enter a pool, lake, ocean, or any body of water, drench your hair with water and apply a coat of conditioner to the hair. This water/conditioner mixture will fill up the gaps in hair shaft and act as a barrier from the chlorinated water. Follow up with a little club soda; it makes for a good post-pool rinse. Wear a swim cap as often as possible. Although most people hate wearing them for many reasons – uncomfortable, unattractive, or it never stays on, etc. – using a cap, that securely protects the hair, is always the best option.