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Every summer that I spend a considerable amount of time outside or at the beach, the sun wreaks havoc on my curls. I also struggle to keep my daughters’ curls from getting into a tangled knotted mess.
Here are a few tricks I’ve learned to protect my curly locks from dryness & heat damage:
Swimming Caps/Protective Styles for the Beach & Pool
For those of us in the south, the summer weather drags on into the fall. Swimming in the pool is still acceptable in September. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the pool, know that chlorine strips your curls of moisture.
If you are more of a beach gal, know that the sun can have the same drying effect on your dresses. To prevent and protect your hair from heat & chemical damage, try wearing a swim cap.
It can keep your hair protected while you swim to your heart’s content. Don’t like the look of a swim cap? Then opt for a protective style. One of my favorite protective style is braids.
Deep Condition/Oils After the Pool
Deep conditioning your hair adds moisture that is lost due to heat or chemical damage. If you have color in your hair, conditioning is a must if you spend time the pool. Color + chlorine wreaks havoc on your curls.
Choose a conditioner that moisturizes, but doesn’t weigh your hair down. I’ve found that the thicker your hair is, the more conditioners with pudding-like consistencies tend to work. For a list of my favorite deep conditioners, click here.
If the change in seasons brings about dry scalp, try adding a little tea tree oil or Jamaican black castor oil into your conditioner to soothe a dry and itchy scalp. Don’t go the cheap route, be sure to get the 100% authentic oils.
You will need to dilute them because a little goes a long way. Tea tree is very strong and can burn if not mixed with another oil, or conditioner.
Handle (Curly) Wet Hair with Care
I know, it’s so easy to throw your hair into a ponytail or bun after it gets wet. This causes breakage!
Wet hair is fragile and must be handled with care. This is also the time that your hair is most susceptible to split ends and breakage.
Find ponytail holders that won’t break the hair when it is time to remove them. My favorite ones for my daughters are the Goody Ouchless terry ponytail holders. They are cheap and they get the job done.
Stick to Natural Products
Thankfully, the natural curly look has made a comeback, and many companies are marketing their products specifically to people with curly locks.
The problem is that there are some companies that fill their products with ingredients that can be harmful to your hair over time.
If you look at the label and see a list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce, that isn’t a good sign.
Give Your Curls A Break From the Heat
I love straight hair as much as the next girl, but do your curls a favor and leave the heat alone on occasion.
Heat stresses your hair, and can (over time) permanently damage your curl pattern. That’s why many curly girls opt for the big chop and start all over–their hair was damaged beyond repair. Don’t be that girl.
Add Moisture That You Lost in the Summer
One of my favorite ways to add moisture in my hair is through steaming. If you haven’t invested in a Q-redew, then I highly recommend it. It’s a handheld steamer that is easy to use, and can quickly bring moisture back into the most damaged hair.
I use it as part of my monthly deep conditioning regime.
Use A Satin Pillowcase or Scarf to Protect Your Hair at Night
Cotton pillowcase soak up the moisture in your hair & causes it to tangle and frizz while you toss and turn during the night.
If the satin pillowcase is not the route you want to take, you can have the same effectiveness with a satin scarf.
Curly girls, what do you do to protect your curls from the changes in the seasons? I’d love to hear all about it! Leave me a comment and give this post a share! Grab a coupon for Sally’s before you go! Take 20% off Entire Purchase with code 888005! Valid 9/15-9/18
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