This summer, the sun was brutal on my curls. I also struggled to keep my four-year old’s 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 or protective styles for the 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.
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.
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.
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. You can find them at your local beauty supply stores like Ulta or Sally’s, or you can just order one online from Amazon. 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!