For many of us, summer welcomes in a season of protective styling as we switch off and relax for a while. Our hair can only thrive when protective styling if we actively maintain it whilst rocking a new style.
But how do we maintain protective styles in warm weather? Usually maintaining our hair means protecting it against harsh weather, right? At least it does here in the UK!
In the summer it's the same premise, just for warm weather rather than cold and wet weather. If you are going on holiday, then it can mean protecting your hair against the sun, the sea and the sand. So here are 3 protective styling tips for summer to help you do just that.
In the same way that you protect your skin from the sun, you should be protecting your hair and scalp too. Your scalp can suffer from sunburn, particularly when wearing styles with lots of partings, such a braids, that leave your scalp exposed. You can protect your scalp by wearing a hat or head scarf, as well as by staying out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm when it is at its hottest. This can also help to protect your hair from sunbleaching too.
Hydration is one of the most important factors in maintaining healthy natural and curl hair. However, too much of anything isn't always a good thing. For our hair it can lead to hygral fatigue which is the phenonemon where hair soaks up too much water, which makes it more vulnerable to breakage. A few years ago, I was in Jamaica visiting family and going for a dip in the sea was a must! So, to reduce the liklihood of experiencing hygral fatigue, I sealed my hair with oil before braiding it to reduce the amount of water my hair absorbed – Hair Too Balm is perfect for this!
If you have ever had to wash sand out of you hair after a day at the beach, this goes without saying! Pin up your hair to keep that sand at bay. If you choose to wear a style such as braids, you will get more wear out of them if you do tie them up. Also, if you choose to braid your own hair like I do, then you'll be further protecting your ends from damage and weathering.
So, there you have it! 3 protective styling tips for the summer. Which of these will you use on your next summer getaway?