It’s Not Too Late To Conquer Your Summer Curls
Summer can be one of the best times for curly hair, but if you don’t take care of it, it can also be a nightmare!
The heat and humidity can be rough on any hair type, but it’s especially difficult for curly hair. With the curves and coils of curly hair, natural oils have a tougher time making it from your scalp to the ends of your hair, which can be extremely damaging and make it more prone to breakage and frizz.
To maintain your curly hair during the summer months, follow a few of these expert tips for taking care of those luscious locks:
The weather is different, so your care tactics need to be different too! Use a more mild shampoo to avoid tangling, and consider a pre-shampoo oil treatment to condition and detangle your hair BEFORE you do your regular shampooing routine. Conditioning is an absolute must, but be sure to prioritize your hair over your scalp. Moisture is extremely vital during this period, so try an ultimate moisture shampoo and conditioner product, as well as some curl-specific products and q-oil to lock in moisture.
Caring for Curly Wigs
Like natural hair, humidity can totally wreck your wig if you don’t take care of it. Wigs are a big investment, so taking care of them in different weather conditions will help you protect them for longer periods.
First things first, don’t try to straighten the curls out during the summer. You could end up ruining the entire wig this way, and once you straighten the hair, no amount of wetting or curling will get it back to its original form. One potential solution is to purchase straight-hair wigs and curl them yourself because this will allow you to try multiple curling styles.
In terms of maintaining your wig, curly or straight, the key to wig care lies in using the right adhesive. Frizz is one thing, but humidity can also be a danger to your wig adhesive. Water-based wig adhesives are your best option to use during the summer.
Enhancing Curly Hair
Moisture, moisture, moisture. During the hot summer months, it’s all about the moisture!
Whether your hair is curly, kinky, or somewhere in-between, getting moisture back into your hair is the best step you can take towards enhancing those gorgeous curls. You can try hydrating treatments, masks, or a leave-in conditioner to give yourself that extra moisture boost and battle back the frizz.
3 Avoidable Pain Points
- Frizz-induced Tangles:
Humidity is bad for curly hair, but so is sweat! Sweat can make your hair matted and dirty much faster, and since curly hair is already difficult to take care of, you need to be extra careful around tangled curls, so you don’t cause further damage. Instead, use gentle detangling products made for curly hair, and try using a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush to brush it out after you wash it.
- Don’t Over-wash:
When your hair starts to frizz, you might think showering extra or using more product is your best bet but be careful! Over-washing could seriously damage your hair!
Instead, you want to aim for three to seven days or longer in-between washes and be sure to always use a moisture-preserving shampoo and conditioner.
- Not Using the Right Stylers:
Not all styling products work for all types of curly hair. While we’re at it, that goes for all hair products! When you’re choosing a product for your hair, using something made for a different product type could do a lot more harm than good. You want to use products designed for your hair type, so be sure to figure out exactly what type of hair you have before putting anything in your hair!
As we head toward the fall, be sure to keep those gorgeous curls safe and healthy! And as always have fun and stay sweet!