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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tips to Help Your Curls Withstand the Summer Heat



Curly lovelies this is for you. Although you sleek and straight types may benefit from this as well. The Mid-Atlantic is going to have some blazing temperatures today and tomorrow. What does that usually mean for curly tops? Frizz and increased dryness. So to help my fellow curly girls out (yes I'm curly too) I have compiled some content that will help you weather the -- er -- weather.


Maintaining Hair Health

 
Whether curly or straight you want to maintain healthy hair. However, if you hair has already been damaged you have two choices. 



  1. Chop off the damaged ends
  2. Mend and trim while healthy, new hair grows

Why only two options? Well simply put, hair is dead. Yep, once it leaves the follicle there is no cell regeneration, no repair, just mending and temporary fixes. What you can do help the new hair that grows from your scalp remain in good condition is:
  • Keep heat styling to a minimum
  • Wash using gentle cleansers/shampoos. SLS-free shampoos are best. If you choose a one made with sulfates then use a pre-shampoo treatment beforehand to mitigate the drying effect of shampoos.
  • Use a deep conditioning mask once a week.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb and finger style as much as possible.
  • Wrap hair at night in a satin scarf or sleep on a satin pillowcase to lessen damage caused by friction.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and take vitamins to promote healthy hair growth from the root.


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Fight Frizz 

 

In hot, humid weather and extremely dry conditions, curly heads tend to frizz like crazy. The way to help combat frizz is make sure hair is well moisturized and the hair cuticle is sealed. Not only does this help eliminate frizz but it also makes hair stronger, shinier, softer, and gives it more bounce. The big secret of great, frizz-free hair? Condition, condition, condition!

Get Curl Definition and Tame Those Curvy Locks

 
When the weather is hot and humid our curls are not just prone to frizz but they can also lose their shape, resulting in curls with less definition. One way to help combat this is to use  a good holding product like an alcohol free or low-alcohol gel or styling mousse. You can also try a curl-defining hair set technique. Hair setting usually gives longer lasting curls and when combined with the right styling products you can get second day hair and beyond. 



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These curly hair tips are just to get you started. However, you will need to adapt these tips and methods to your own hair. Just learn what your curls like. Believe me they will tell you when a product or method does not work for them. If you are the adventurous type who likes to make their own hair products, check out The Kinky Curly Girl's Grocery List for Beautiful Hair to get you started on the food items that hair loves.


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