Summer Natural Hair Care Tips

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We know the importance of using sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun, but is also important to protect our hair from environmental factors such as the sun and chlorinated water from pools. It is especially important to guard those natural curls (which are prone to being dry) from these damaging elements. Here are a few summer hair care tips I have learned through caring for my daughter’s hair.

  • Saturate the hair with water (and moisturize it if possible) prior to getting in the pool, if the hair is wet it will absorb less of the chlorinated water.
  • Natural oils (extra virgin olive, coconut, jojoba) are good to apply before exposed to the pool water, they create barriers, locking in the moisture and keeping the chemicals out.
  • Use a swim cap or put hair up in a bun for added protection.
  • After swimming spray the hair with water and baking soda (1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 16oz of water), after a few minutes rinse, this cleanses the hair without over drying it, shampooing daily (or after each swim) can dry the hair out.
  • Keep the hair well conditioned and moisturized.

  • Wear hats!  When out of the pool wear a hat.  Hats provide the scalp, hair and face with protection from the sun.

All the outdoor activities and fun in sun can be hard on the hair, but we can lessen these damaging effects by taking a few basic precautions. Feel free to add your own summer hair care tips below!