How To Care For Your Hair In Summer
Summer is upon us! A time when your hair needs to look it’s very best and a season to let go of the perfect, sleek hairdos and embrace that loose, natural look. The hot and humid summer months can make caring for your virgin hair weave more difficult. However, with the right preparation and protection, you can make your weave last.
Why Protect Your Hair From The Sun?
Your hair gets harmed in many different ways during summer like overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays, sweat and spending too much time in chlorinated water swimming pools. Here are 3 common reasons:
1. You may have healthy hair almost all year around, but when it comes to summer, your hair may turn limp and lifeless. This happens because of the burning sun (it dries out the hair straws) and high humidity (makes your hair fall flat).
2. Sweat and dust increase hair problems like dandruff and split ends. The worst case scenario is hair fall.
3. Summers can be harsh on your scalp too, causing dryness and sunburn. Some people believe that hair protects the scalp, but that’s actually not the case. In the end, dry scalp can damage your hair roots.
Tips To Protect Your Hair During This Summer
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 color-treated hair.
2. Put Your Hair Up in 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. Love Your Conditioner
While the sun is drying out your hair, make sure you help restore some moisture and life in it by using a rinse-out conditioner. Get one that suits your hair type and texture. If you are going for a swim, remember to put on a leave-in conditioner on your hair and wear a swimming cap.
5. Reduce The Heat
Try to blow-dry your body wave Brazilian hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break and go a natural if you can. Avoid flat-irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Plus, a sleek hairstyle only makes that frizz stand out more.
6. Control Frizz
The summer heat makes your hair extra dry, making it frizzy. Try and control your hair from becoming too frizzy by tying it up. Use the hot months to show off your hair in different styles, from braids to ponytails to updos, knots, and buns. Not only does it keep your hair protected from frizz, but it also reduces the sweating.
During summer, you love to hit the pool, right? If you’re going swimming, remember DO NOT shampoo before you go for a swim, as this will rob your hair of all protective oils and will make it extra vulnerable to the chemicals and salt in the water. Once you’re out of the pool and have taken a quick shower, use a shampoo that contains ethylene tetra-acetic acid. This will remove any harmful effects of chlorine that the water may have.
8. Add Some Sunscreen
There are shampoos that contain UV protection, but most of those are chemical-laden, conventional shampoos that I’d recommend avoiding. One quick way to add some protection is to run your hands lightly through your hair after applying sunscreen to your body.
9. Use a Wide-tooth Comb
Avoid pulling anything through your hair when it’s wet since that’s when it’s most susceptible to breaking. Wide-tooth combs are most gentle for untangling hair, as brushes can pull and tear when they snag strands.
What Kinds of Weaves Would You Wear in Summer?
When considering a sew-in weave for a long-term style, the quality of the hair should reflect how long you are planning to keep the style. The summertime is especially important when choosing what kind of weave would be best for you.
Curly and wavy weaves tend to be the most popular choices for the summer. Straight and wavy hair tends to get more oily and greasy quicker than curly, coily, and kinky hair.
You would spend most of your time manipulating your straight and wavy hair by combing, flat ironing, and be making sure, not one strand is out of place. With curly, coily, and kinky hair you can just enjoy the summer sun, allow the hair to go wherever it pleases and put a satin bonnet on at night.
As a final reminder, remember that some virgin hair weave bundles can stand heat better than other types. Brazilian hair weave is known for their strength and quality so they make a great choice in the summer, especially when cared for properly.