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10 Easy Summer/Spring Hair Tips for Maintaining Natural Hair!!

Hi Beautiful Ladies!!! The weather’s changing and if you’re like me you’re ready to put those boots away, step into your cutest sandals, and head to the beach! Now that you’re all “natural” most of you feel like “YES, I can finally go swimming and not have to worry about my hair” true but not entirely.

The question now is how can we keep this hair of ours moisturize, when the SUN plays a major role in drying out natural hair. I have provided a list of 10 easy Summer/Spring hair tips used to combat dry hair…hope this helps!

1. Swimming This Summer?

-Be sure to protect your hair by wearing a swim cap. After swimming, wash and condition your hair as usual. Now, for those who want to be cute and would rather not be seen in a swim cap, make sure your hair is detangled before diving into chlorine or salt water. If you’ve been waiting for a good time to use your clarifying shampoo, now’s the time to use it. Clarifying shampoos are specifically created for getting rid of chlorine and other harming chemicals.

2. Stay Away From Drying Products

-It’s already difficult enough to keep our hair moisturized. Avoid using products that contain alcohol, sulfur, and formaldehyde all in which aid in stripping moisture from your hair. Instead opt for those products containing natural oils and humectants.

3.  Humectants (Honey & Glycerin)

During the summer months, if you live in a more humid climate, humectants are your best friend. Common humectants include honey, glycerin, castor oil, panthenol, hydrolized wheat protein, and propylene glycol. These ingredients draw moisture from the humidity in the air into your hair leaving it shiny and healthy. Now for those living in a drier climate, using humectants can be bad because if the air is dry, the humectants will pull the moisture out of your hair.

**Note: I personally love to use castor oil during the summer months as well adding honey to my deep conditioners.

4.      Air Dry or Limit the use of direct heat

– “Wash-n-Go” styles are great to add to your Summer/Spring hair regimen. By doing this you’ll be allowing your hair to air dry rather than applying heat which could lead to damage hair. For those who’d rather wear their hair straight, make sure to apply a heat protectant to your hair before using a heat appliance. Use the lowest settings on the appliance to avoid damage.

5.      Deep Conditioning

-Be sure to deep condition your hair weekly. This can be done by using a good moisturizing conditioner or by doing a hot oil treatment.

6.      Use a Thick leave-in Conditioner

-After deep conditioning your hair you should ALWAYS apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair to retain moisture.

7.      Moisture & Seal

-Your hair thrives on moisture. Make sure to apply a moisturizer to the ends of your hair followed by an oil to seal the moisture in as needed.

8.      Baggy Method

– Apply a moisturizer to your hair, and then cover your hair with plastic cap to trap in the moisture. This method is used to retain moisture in the hair and is very good for those who have dry, brittle strands. This can be done overnight.

9.      Co-Wash Your Hair

– It may help to wash your hair with conditioner instead of using shampoo. This method cleanses your hair while helping you to maintain moisture without stripping the hair of its natural oils.

10.   Stay Hydrated!

-It’s simple…DRINK MORE WATER!! Keep your body hydrated starting on the inside first.

Alright ladies, there you have it. Again, I hope this helps. What measures are you taking to combat dry hair?

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3 Steps to Properly Moisturize Natural Hair

Attention, Attention, Oil does NOT moisturize the hair; oil coats the hair and seals in moisture!

Moisturizing your natural hair can be somewhat of a challenge for most, but it does not have to be! Once you find the right products for your texture, guess what?  The steps remain the same! Follow these steps and be on your way to healthy, moisturized, natural hair. This 3 step process has changed my life, without it, I can almost promise this blog would be titled “RemyHairFanatic”

1. Apply Water-Based Moisturizer

Moisture is the first step in combating dry hair. Hair needs water to maintain its elasticity. The best moisturizer for natural hair is water. YES good ole H2O! When searching for a good moisturizer, look for “water” as one of the first few ingredients, these are referred to as water-based products. I prefer the following:

-Giovanni Direct-Leave In (Target, Wal-Mart, Ulta, Vitamin Shoppe)

-Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream (Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens)

-Africa’s Best Kids’ Organics Detangling Moisturizing Hair Lotion with Shea Butter & Olive Oil (Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens)

NOTE: Beware of cheap moisturizers that may contain filler ingredients like lanolin, mineral oil, or petrolatum for these products are sealants that SEAL OUT MOISTURE.

2. Seal in the Moisture With an Oil

In order to properly moisturize your strands Oil should be applied to seal in the moisture, if not, the hair will eventually soak in the moisture and the hair will return to its dry state. Oils like Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, etc…l all work great when sealing in moisture.

NOTE: It is important to follow these steps by applying a moisturizer first then use an oil to trap in the moisture if not if you were to use oil first it will block the moisture out of your hair.

3. Seal again with a butter- based product

The 3rd step depends upon your hair porosity (how fast moisture escapes from your hair). If you have very porous hair sealing with a butter-based product maybe just what you need to ensure your hair stays moisturized longer. I personally seal with a butter-based product (Shea Moisture Enhancing Smoothie). It makes my hair feel soft, it helps to define my curl pattern, and my hair definitely stays moisturized longer than if I would have just sealed with an oil.

Alright ladies, I hope this helps! I find that it works best to first moisturize and seal on freshly washed hair, then moisturize and seal the ends of your hair daily.

 

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