What could be better news than the arrival of summer? The time has finally arrived for us to trade in the winter coats and tights for adorable sundresses and bright pedicures. It’s time to enjoy long strolls in the park or on the beach, indulge in fun BBQ’s with loved ones, and explore exciting new relationships that give you butterflies. All sounds amazing, right? Absolutely.
On the flip side, however, there is one teeny-tiny drawback to this time of year: the heat.
Heat, on one hand, can be pretty wonderful. It’s a huge change, after all, to the arctic temperatures which can plague certain parts of the country. Yet, with heat, comes the daunting, unwelcomed visitor named Humidity, which can be a curse to hair. Especially curly hair.
So, how can you rock your way through the summer months without letting a lock of your beautiful curly hair fall out of place and fall flat to frizz?
Learn, learn, learn.
The saying is true, ladies: knowledge is power. When it comes to having curly hair, the more you know about your hair structure, the better you will be able to understand what works best for you and what products you should invest in.
For those with curly hair, it’s important to know that the shape of the curl is what makes it uniquely beautiful. It’s also key to know that frizz and humidity are this hair type’s kryptonite.
You see, every single strand you have has coils and curves that reveal gaps in the hair’s cuticle. The cuticle is the protective outer layer of overlapping cells, according to Ouidad, the curly hair expert line. What happens in Mother Nature is that humidity found in the air will subtly slide in through those gaps, thus expanding the hair shaft. The result? Your once perfectly styled hair will suddenly become a lion’s mane named Miss Frizz.
Cute on a kitten, but not so much on a human.
“Imagine tiles on a roof. They’re fine when they’re laying down, but once a few of them are off, it leaves the roof susceptible to damage,” states Ouidad Curl Advisory Board member Helen Wagmeister. “The cuticle is your hair’s first line of defense.”
Be gentle when you shampoo your hair.
It’s a fact: fantastic hair starts in the shower. When washing curly hair, you want to make sure you are never rough because it will damage the cuticle. Basically, there are two rules to live by when under the shower head: 1) Never bunch up your hair and 2) Never scrub through it in a rough manner. That means no taking out your aggression on those locks, ladies; no matter how P.O.d at your boyfriend you might be because he didn’t get you those Adele tickets for your anniversary.
Use a solid conditioner to lock in the moisture.
Conditioner to curly hair is pretty much the same as water is to those beautiful flowers you are growing this spring; it’s a necessary ingredient to your hair’s overall happiness. When in the shower, make sure to start with a quarter-size amount and gradually add more, based on how thick or tangled your locks are at the moment.
Once the conditioner is in, make sure to leave it in for at least three minutes. A key step in conditioning your locks is to detangle it while the product is in. The art to detangling is to use a high-quality detangler and a detangling comb. Starting at the ends, wind your way up to the roots. Have we mentioned never to bunch up the cuticle? Just a friendly reminder!
When you towel-dry your curls, only blot.
After having a luxurious shower pampering yourself the way you deserve to after a long day at the office, it’s highly important to avoid rubbing your hair. Blotting is the best way to keep your cuticle smooth. While the hair is wet, this is the point where you should make sure to apply a protective primer. We know that products can get pricey, but for those with curly hair, the primer is vital because it will protect your locks from UV damage and heat styling.
Keep that humidity out like nobody’s business.
Before blow drying your hair, another crucial step is to coat each strand with a top coat that seals down the cuticle. Heat and Humidity gel can be the make or break ingredient between hair that looks good and hair that looks out-of-this-world stunning. Remember, humidity is the numero uno enemy of your curls, so it’s absolutely worth your time to protect every strand at all costs.
Click here to learn more about Ouidad’s special Rake & Shake method as featured above.
Step into the diffuse zone.
We have now reached the last step on the journey to creating gorgeous curls that stay strong in any climate. Beach, jungle, the steamy summer streets of Manhattan; you name it.
When blow drying your curls, you want to make sure to angle your diffuser so the air goes from your roots toward the ends. This will ensure the cuticle lays flat, creating the smoothest and shiniest hair possible.
As you can see, the difference between 100% taking care of your curls versus not is HUGE.
Choose hair accessories that make your curls pop.
So, now you’ve got the hair of your dreams based on the above regime. Now, comes the fun part. Since, we are heading into the seasons of letting loose and having fun, we recommend picking hair accessories that make your hair stand out.
One of the many benefits of having curly hair is that there’s so much you can do with it style-wise. In addition to the traditional hair ties and bobby pins, having curly hair let’s you play with awesome accessories like scarves, head wraps, and decorative accessories like bows.
And with the bright, sunny months ahead, we always recommend experimenting with colors that bring a smile to your face. Jewel tones are always fantastic for summer and, without a doubt, make a strong impression.
The sky’s the limit on how you can make this the most memorable summer yet, and we hope these tidbits of information will be the perfect start to help you kick off the season in style with fabulously striking, head-turning curls.
So head-turning, in fact, that you will get the attention of humans and pets alike.
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