Haute Hair Tips!


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My 10 Tried and True Summer Tips:

1. Don’t fight nature: Don’t waste your summer prepping for twist-outs and roller sets. If it’s warm and sticky where you are, your efforts will be futile and your twist-out will very quickly become a fro-out. That’s not necessarily bad unless you weren't expecting to rock one style and end up with another. Instead, opt for a wash-n-gos and other styles that work with your texture.

2. Try more frequent co-washing, not only to rid your scalp of sweat and chlorine from this morning’s aquatic workout, but also because it feels good! You can co-wash, shake and go and let your mane air dry in the wind.

3. Try protective styling to keep your hair off of your face and neck. I love high messy buns as well as side buns. Rock a funky headband and some cute earrings and you're chic and ready to go!

4. Invest in hats…lots of hats. Curly hair can be unpredictable, especially in humid conditions and hats are a great accessory. I love summer beanies, but sunhats and caps work too. They have the added benefit of keeping your tresses protected from the elements (wind, sea, sun, etc.).

5. Chill on the heat styling. Instead work with your hair texture and try wash-n-gos, twists, braids and other protective styles.

6. To better understand your curls in the summer, get acquainted with dew points and how it relates to humidity.

7. Hydrate inside and out! You’re supposed to drink your body’s weigh in water (oz) everyday. Also, water your hair! It’s nature’s perfect moisturizer.

8. I’ve tried many a product that claimed to de-frizz or weather proof my hair. The only ones that work fairly well — which means my hair shrunk to my chin rather than my ears — contain silicones (amodimethicone) and polymers (PVP/VA Copolymer) in the first five ingredients. These ingredients help to create a barrier on your strands, locking moisture from your conditioner in and moisture from the atmosphere out. Ingredients like glycerin swell my highly porous strands and cause immediate reversion, so I avoid it like the plague in high dew point/humidity conditions.

9. Nicole Harmon, a wise cosmetic chemist from Hair Liberty once told me, “Products that contain hydrolyzed protein temporarily patch up some of the cuticle holes in porous hair. If African American hair doesn't get additional protein regularly, it will frizz out very quickly no matter what you do.” As a result, I now regularly use products that contain hydrolyzed proteins and do find that my humidity fighting products do a better job. Good luck and have an umbrella drink for me!

10. Refrigerate your conditioner and leave-in. Crazy, right? Nope! Not only will it feel good going on, it will keep you cool in the hot summer months.

13 Weigh in!:
Anonymous said...

Time to give the heat a rest and do something different. I'm adding more water too.

Nicol C.

Anonymous said...

This article scares the heck out of me, it implies when it gets hot out side your natural hair will be a hot mess!
Buy hats plenty
Wear wng if you can...twist outs will be a mess
Protective styles
Wow, is that a relaxer calling me?!?!

Micheal said...

This summer I plan to:

6.To better understand your curls in the summer, get acquainted with dew points and how it relates to humidity.

7. Hydrate inside and out! You’re supposed to drink your body’s weigh in water (oz) everyday. Also, water your hair! It’s nature’s perfect moisturizer.

Micheal said...

This summer I plan to:

6.To better understand your curls in the summer, get acquainted with dew points and how it relates to humidity.

7. Hydrate inside and out! You’re supposed to drink your body’s weigh in water (oz) everyday. Also, water your hair! It’s nature’s perfect moisturizer.

Anonymous said...

You really do need to plan for the weather. Today it was humid and misty outside - my coil - out loves it.

Anonymous said...

We had intermittent showers this AM in the mid-Atlantic region. My 4c 2nd-day chunky twistout shrunk to a little "cap-like" twa. I threw on a headband before I walked out the door because I KNOW HOW MY HAIR ACTS WHEN THERE'S RAIN IN THE AIR!

Anonymous said...

Wait...

I'm newly natural and I Do.NOT.Have wash and go hair.

What are my options if my Twist outs are gonna fail?

VioletFem said...

@ Anonymous 8:56 AM
I think the author of this post may be overstating it a bit. I do not have wash n' go hair (yet, I hope). So flat twist outs is my staple hair style. Some times I do twist outs and when I'm lazy I just bun it. This week I'm getting my hair braided for 6-8 weeks (kinky twists) which I think is a great option for the summer. It's protective and easy to manage. If you don't want to get extensions, I say just try the twist outs but be really mindful fo moisture/sealing. Usually by day 4 or 5 my twist outs start to look less defined so I play around with updo's or I just wear a cute cap.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 8:56

I guess the best option would be protective styles like braids or up-do's. Try the twist-outs but be prepaired to turn it into some type of pinned up style just in case. I always have bobby pins and elastic hair bands as a backup.

Nicole Harmon said...

Thanks for the shout out, Nik :)

Fabulously Fluffy said...

@ Anon 8:56 am

As a new natural you may have to try some new styles to make it through the summer staying fly. Try twists, if you don't like how they look down try pinning them up. Make them small to medium in size (say 15 or 20 vs 6 of them) and they'll mimic loose hair better; which will make for easier and better looking updo's.

You can also use your beloved twistouts in more humid friendly ways. Pin them up too; there are some great "stretched" updo's to be achieved with twist outs. Either way it goes don't stress out. Flyness can still be achieved; you'll just approach it differently :-)

Unknown said...

Good to now thank you

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