It’s the time of the year we have all been waiting for — SUMMERTIME! With the summer comes hot, humid weather and vacation! If you’re like me, you want your hair to look good on vacation without having to worry about too much maintenance.
Whether you decide to travel to a tropical vacation spot or just to spend a day at the pool, there are a few things you must do to keep your curls in tip top condition.
While on vacation, you’ll want to choose a style (or styles) that require low maintenance. Braids, braid outs, twist-outs, bantu knots are perfect for your tropical furlough. Whichever style you decide to wear, don’t forget to moisturize daily and re-twist at night, if needed. Don’t forget to pack your satin or silk scarf–you don’t want dry brittle hair!
NATURAL HAIR AND SWIMMING
Chlorine and salt water can damage your hair if left in for long periods of time. Follow these simple steps to prevent damage from swimming:
Wet your hair before swimming. Because your hair is like a sponge, it will absorb less chlorine/water when it’s wet. Apply a little conditioner to your wet hair and put on a latex or silicone swim cap.
After swimming rinse your hair right away–even if you can’t shampoo. After rinsing, moisturize and style. Remember to shampoo as soon as you get the opportunity.
PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM THE SUN
Most of us understand the importance of protecting our skin from the sun by wearing sunblock. But did you know that you also have to protect your curls from the sun? Use hair products that contain SPF–it works on your skin and your hair. Look for products (such as detangling sprays) that contain UV protection and use as a finishing mist.
Hats also work to protect your hair and face from the sun. Fedoras, straw hats and wide brimmed hats are a trendy way to protect you from the beaming sun and UV rays.
Naturals can have fun in the sun! Just be proactive to prevent any unnecessary damage or dryness.