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Summer Hair Guide: Fundamentals

Summer is finally here! After a harsh winter, you can finally celebrate the sun.

Pool parties, long weekends away from home, days on the beach, and lazy barbecues are just around the corner! And still the question remains: what to do with your summer hair?

The team has assembled a few cute summer hairdos, so you won’t have to think twice about your lovely strands! But before we get started on the styles, let’s talk about the fundamentals.

1. Wash regularly.

The summer heat, the sun’s concentrated rays, and your own personal summer playtime means that you MUST keep your hair clean.

After all, don’t you want to keep your hair fresh all summer long?

Wash regularly. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. You can use aloe vera for your hair.

For every woman, hair washing routines are unique, but we recommend no more than 12 days.

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2. Protect your summer hair and face from UV rays.

When you can give your hair an extra break, do it. You can set your hair in a scarf or wear a baseball cap.

Your hair is exceptionally sensitive to UV rays, and you do not want to inflict damage. And while you’re at it, protect your face from the sun’s rays by wearing sunscreen.

A regular sunscreen will not only protect your skin from skin cancer, you may notice that you’re aging slower than your friends!

To protect both your summer hair and skin, wear a sunhat.

You can read our 6 Natural Ways to Protect Your Skin in the Summer for more suggestions.

3. Schedule a trim for your split ends.

It’s time to get a trim!

Whether you’re transitioning, or just experiencing stiff, non-flowing hair, it may be because your ends are split! If your ends are split – which can happen easily from heat damage among other factors – it’s impossible for your curls to sway with the summer breeze.

If this is the case, either purchase a pair of very sharp barber scissors from your local beauty supply, or make an appointment with your favorite beautician. She is likely trained to correctly cut your hair, and even give you fabulous summer layers.

Warning: Do not cut your hair with your desk scissors. These will very likely split your ends further over time and cause damage.

You can also be daring and chop off most of your hair for a short hairstyle.

4. Deep moisture.

Your curly ‘do needs more love and moisture than ever. Apply water-based moisturizer to your summer hair and seal with a conditioner, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil.

Kimberly shares her own D-I-Y Hair Moisturizing Serum recipe here.

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    June 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I cut my hair in Nov. And was having the hardest time as well you really have to findout what works for you and i been training my hair twisting it every night now my curls our coming more natural looking good luck

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      June 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Awesome! So happy it’s working for you.

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    LaQuavia Dawson
    June 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I just cut my hair decided to go natural and I’m having a very tough time managing my hair….. Any advice….. Helppp

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