3 Tips to Moisturize Natural Hair This Summer
Summer is officially upon us. And though the low Caesar still reigns supreme, more and more guys are wearing longer, hair styles. That's been the trend in recent years and this season is no different. And why wouldn't it be? Haven't you seen Iman Shumpert's hair in his cameos off the bench during these 2016 NBA Finals?
And even if you don't agree with the look (or if you're a Golden State Warriors fan and hate all things Cavs), you have to agree that dry hair is a no-no. Just look at it! We don't think Teanna would be happy. So to keep your hair healthy in the warmer months, we've compiled some of our favorite tips to moisturize your hair all summer.
1. Wash less
You read that right. Shampoo as a cleanser usually dries out the hair. Some shampoos help to retain moisture but part of the cleaning process is actually stripping the hair and scalp of oils and build up that can clog pores and cause pimples (not a good look for summer). Instead of washing with shampoo everyday, limit shampoo use to 3 times a week. That way, you allow your hair to recover some of its natural oils.
2. Condition More
As guys our time is precious. We can wake up, get dressed and be out the door in ten minutes. But that doesn't work if you want to take your grooming seriously. And it starts from the top. Having healthy hair makes it easier to style. Dry hair is the enemy of your tight schedule. So to avoid dry hair, make sure that you are replenishing moisture to your hair. Use hair conditioner the right way. After shampooing with warm water, coat the hair and scalp with conditioner. Let it sit for at least two full minutes. Then rinse with cool water to close the pores and lock in the moisture. When you get out of the shower, allow the hair to air dry before applying any products or use a t-shirt or microfiber towel to dry the hair.
3. Moisturize often
Summer heat leads to air conditioning. It may feel great to cool down but the changing environments dries out your hair (just like going from the cold into a heated room in the winter). That means you should try to prevent dryness by being proactive. Having a leave-in moisturizer is a great way to maintain moisture in natural hair throughout the day and keep anything from deep waves, loose curls to locs looking fresh this summer.
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