by chioma nkwodimmah valcourt
With record-breaking hot
weather and Martha &
the Vandellas’ hit song Heat Wave on the playlist, it’s hard to have great-looking hair in the summer. Here is some advice:
For Moist Hair
In moist weather, you may be concerned about starting your day with one fabulous look and by the end of the day not recognizing yourself in the mirror. Your optimal look can be achieved with a roller set, twists or diffused set. If you’re wearing a weave, let it dry in its natural wave or curl. There are some products that can help, whether you wear your hair beautifully natural or glamorously straight.
For natural tresses, which love everything organic, the humidity busters include:
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Hydrogenated castor oil
• Shea butter
• Organic beeswax
• Coconut oil
• Palm oil
Don’t be afraid of oils. If you really want to protect your hair from humidity, apply a small amount of oil to clean wet hair by massaging directly into your scalp.
For product junkies who love exploring beauty supply shops, other humidity busters include:
l Kerapure Keratin Blow Dry
• Aveda Anti-Humectant Brilliant
• Tancho High Grade Tique
Vegetable Lavender Pomade
• Bed Head by Tigi
For Wet Hair
Whether you are posing poolside or swimming a backstroke, the elements of water, sun, salt and, in some cases, chemicals will affect your hair. After swimming, you should immediately and thoroughly wash your hair even though you may want to hang by the pool for a while and not rush to the shower. Here are some tips on what to do when you’d rather linger poolside after a swim:
• Rinse: Rinse your hair with water as soon as you come out of salt or chlorine water, just as you would rinse off your body.
• Conditioner: Because you don’t want the chlorine to damage your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner and wear it until you rinse in the shower.
• Sun Hat/Scarf: In the same way you protect your skin from the sun, you should also protect your hair. Wear a sun hat, large brim hat and scarf, or carry a parasol to shield your hair from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
For Healthy Hair
Eating a balanced diet and hydrating your body is good for your internal organs, skin, and yes, your hair. For healthy hair, your summertime menu should include lots of fruits and vegetables and plenty of water to keep your hair soft and supple. Vitamin-rich foods should win over salty and sugary options. Limiting tea and coffee, as well as alcohol and smoking, is also important to your hair health.
Don’t forget that every time you blow-dry or flat-iron your hair, it adds years to your hair. That’s why monthly trimming of hair that’s ready for retirement is key, especially those pieces that have been processed the most. Ultraviolet rays can