No matter where you are in the great US of A, hot temps are on the loom.
Summer has always been coined “the growing season” for hair.
While the humidity may do a number on your cute hairdo (unless it’s a wash and go; please don’t straighten your hair in the summer), it’s also the catalyst for super moisturized hair that grows a bit faster for many ladies. That also depends on how humid it actually is because too much humidity can actually cause your hair more harm than good.
That’s why you must be careful with taking all of that humidity induced hair moisture for granted! Here are my tips:
– Continue to deep condition your hair on wash day. True lasting moisture penetrates the hair strand and moisturizes within. That can only be achieved with deep conditioning.
– Balance your moisture with protein. Depending on your hair’s needs, you may be able to do a protein treatment monthly. However, if your hair is super fine like mine, regular weekly doses of light protein will help with maintaining your protein/moisture balance.
– Don’t skip moisturizing. Just because there’s moisture in your hair from the air (uh oh, that rhymes), it won’t last forever. My preferred method for moisturizing in the summer is to add moisture on wash day via deep conditioning as well as a spritz and seal of moisture multiple times throughout the week. Even with humidity, the heat can cause your hair to dry out quickly. We won’t even address other drying factors like swimming and laying out in the sun thinking your melanin’s got you covered but forgetting about your hair and the importance of sunscreen. I digress.
– Don’t throw protective styling to the wind. If length retention is your goal, you’ll still want to protect your ends and your strands in general, from over-manipulation. Styling your hair in a manner that protects your ends can help.
– Even though humidity is present, protect your strands from UV damage from the sun. (Here’s a great article I found on how to protect hair from UV damage).
That’s all folks. Enjoy the humidity!
A Prayer for Our Hair:
Lord God, we come to you asking in the Name of Jesus that you would protect us from the sun’s damaging UV rays this summer. Give us the wisdom to know what protection is best for our hair and also to know when to come in from the sun. Amen.