Summer Beauty: Curly Hair Care 101

With the summer season in full swing, there is nothing but trips to the beach, pool and the park ahead. We’re talking outdoor activities that could wind up being a catastrophe for your curlie cues. From exposure to UVA and UVB rays, environmental pollutants, salt water, sand, product build-up and much more, our curls go through a lot during the summer and it’s easy to end the season with dry, brittle, damaged locks that are anything but sexy. Here are some easy steps that will keep your curls healthy, happy and protected all summer long!

  • Invest in a quality clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos are typically not a product I recommend for curly hair cuties as our hair is naturally dry and clarifying shampoos tend to leave our curls parched and in need of moisture. The only reason I am recommending a clarifying shampoo is because we tend to use more styling products such as; mousse, pomade, gel, serum, hair spray, during the summer months. These products are great for maintaining defined curls and keeping our tresses looking their best but they are not great when it comes to maintaining the health of our scalp and hair follicles. Clarifying shampoos remove hair of all product build-up leaving hair clean, refreshed and ready for conditioner. I recommend using a clarifying shampoo only once a week so that you are not stripping your hair of its natural oils. A great option is Ouidad’s Water Works Clarifying Shampoo
  • No matter where your outdoor summer plans take you, it’s best to rock a great leave-in conditioner so that your curls are constantly protected from sun up to sundown. A leave-in conditioner is a wonderful alternative to styling aids as it helps to moisturize the hair while holding curls in place and keeping hair nourished, shiny and healthy-looking. Look for leave-in conditioners with sun protection. The scalp is highly sensitive to sunlight and can burn easily leading to hair loss and thinning. Check out Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beachcomber Leave-In Conditioner.
  • Put a hat on it!!! Nothing protects your curls better than a sexy summer hat. From the sophisticated wide-brim beach styles to kicky cowboy hats, covering the hair with a hat not only protects your strands and scalp from the sun’s harsh rays but it also adds a fun flair to any beach look!
  • Let your curls air dry rather than using a diffuser or towel-drying. The less stress you put on your hair, the better. When you get back from the beach or the pool, just rinse your hair with lukewarm water and then apply your favorite conditioner. Let conditioner soak into the hair while finishing up your shower. Rinse out. Apply a lightweight serum or gel to the hair after combing out any tangles. Let hair air dry and gently style before heading out for a night on the town. Trust me, your curls will thank you for the gentle treatment.

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Published on: July 25, 2012

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3 Responses to Summer Beauty: Curly Hair Care 101

  1. Kelly Jones says:

    These are great suggestions. I am always searching for products for my curly hair. As you mention, I don’t use clarifying shampoos, but I guess it is something I should consider incorporating during the summer months. And I wish I could wear a big floppy hat to protect the curls, but for some reason, I just don’t look good in hats. I will have to pass your suggestions along to all my other curly-haired friends.

  2. counterculture says:

    Hello Kelly! Thanks for the kind words. Yes, the floppy hats don’t work too well for me either but its one of those suggestions that hopefully some other fellow curlies can use. Thanks for passing these tips along. I love to educate and inform my readers of the best ways to care for their curls.

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