This summer has been one of the hottest summers yet and depending on your location you’re also battling some serious humidity. The combination of humidity and harsh summer rays are the ultimate enemy of any curly naturalista. The humidity frizzes up your perfect twist out a mere 5 minutes after leaving the house and the intense sun leaves your curls feeling dry. Luckily there are some ways to beat the heat and keep your curls looking defined and frizz free for longer.
Size does matter
When you’re trying to achieve better hold and definition in your hair, the smaller the section is the better. When you twist or braid your hair in smaller sections it has a better hold and a more distinct curl. This allows your style to last longer in humidity than it would with bigger looser curls.
Wet or Dry
When styling your hair the night before it is best to start with wet or damp hair. The hair is more flexible when wet so any style will come out more defined. However, depending on your hair you might find that you might get better results with barley damp or dry hair. Test out both methods to see which one works best for you.
Protect those Ends
Protecting your ends is always a good idea but it’s more important than ever when your hair is being exposed to the harsh summer weather. Because your ends are the oldest part of your hair they are the most fragile so they need the most protection. Moisturize with a light leave in like 2:1 ratio of water and aloe vera gel and seal with a light oil like grape seed oil.
Use lighter products
In the colder months products like heavy creams and butters are essential for retaining moisture and protecting your coils but all that heaviness can really weight down your hair and cause some serious build up in the summer. Because there is more moisture in the air lighter oils and butters are your best friends in the hotter months.
Add some Gel
I know I just advised to use lighter products and gel doesn’t seem to fit the criteria but not all gels are created equal. Aloe vera gel is a great option that provides some hold and an extra layer of defense against the humidity without weighing down your hair.
Protective styles are popular options for protecting your hair from harsh weather while looking fabulous. Some popular summer styles are cornrows, box braids, twists and flat twists. The best thing about theses styles is that you no longer have to worry about frizz protection saving you time that can be much better spent sitting pool side.
Avoid glycerin products
While glycerin is a great ingredient, in the summer weather it can work against you especially if it is humid. If you aren’t fond of frizzy hair, avoid products with glycerin and save them for a less humid time of the year.