How to keep hair hydrated during the summer


I know what you are thinking: it might be a bit ambitious to use the word “summer” in April. But now that temperatures in New York have finally passed 60 degrees once or twice, the promise of summer is in the air.

Summer is my favorite season. I love how the atmosphere in the city changes during the summer months, and I’m so excited things are slowly waking up for us to enjoy more this year. When it’s hot in New York, it’s like the city itself relaxes a bit: people linger on city streets, restaurants amplify outdoor seating, iced coffees become palatable (this no. that’s not what has never stopped me before), and I can wear jean shorts without getting goosebumps. It is pure happiness.

As fantastic as it all is, the summer heat also demands a little more attention when it comes to taking care of yourself. We all know our skin suffers from too much sun and heat, but our hair is also battered. I wanted to be proactive on take care of my curls this summer, I therefore concocted some good practices to keep your locks hydrated, healthy and succulent this season.

How to keep hair hydrated during the summer

Review your ingredients

Look for water-based products instead of oil-based products. When water is the key ingredient, you are sure to retain more moisture while the oil dries out your hair. However, there are a few exceptions like jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, and avocado oil that work in your favor to penetrate and moisturize strands. Aloe vera and shea butter are two other moisturizing ingredients to look for!

Change up your lather routine

Limit yourself to shampooing every other day or less and be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates dry out curls and cause unwanted frizz. Some stylists suggest a process called co-washing, which means removing shampoo completely and using only conditioner.

Deep condition

Once a week, apply a deep conditioning treatment to restore moisture and nutrients to the hair. Apply the treatment and wait 15 to 20 minutes for it to work its magic before rinsing it off. You can also increase the frequency of treatment if you feel that once a week is not cutting it for your hair..

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Keep it cut

If you’re a Pinterest user, you’ve probably stumbled across the cute quote: “Cut your dead ends for growth and I’m not just talking about hair.” Amen internet. Depending on your living room habits, you may already be doing this or be like me and have to remind yourself to come in and cut your ends. Cut all those dead ends if your strands are late for some TLC, and schedule appointments to come back every 6 weeks. This will keep your hair healthy and help it grow faster. The more you respect the following rule, the more luscious your curls will be …


Sun all day? Use a leave-in conditioner with SPF

Taking the kids to the zoo, Disney World or the pool? Or maybe you ditch them for a day at an outdoor mall? Your skin isn’t the only one suffering from too much direct sun. It also dries out your locks. If you know ahead of time that you’ll be out all day in the sun, apply a leave-in conditioner with SPF. If you don’t feel like covering it up with a hat or scarf, a leave-in treatment is a great solution.

Sai

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