In addition to our daily and weekly routines, curly girls have additional maintenance during the summer months to make sure our curls stay soft and hydrated. It can be a hassle, but following these tips in addition to our normal routines can make a huge difference!

Extra Leave-in Conditioner (On Your Ends)

Putting extra leave-in conditioner on your ends, or any part of your hair that may come into contact with sweat, is crucial. Sweat contains salt, which dries out our naturally dry hair; so using extra leave-in conditioner on these strands acts as a barrier to lock in moisture and prevent your hair from drying out.

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Photo Credit: [untitled photo of woman combing hair]. (N.D). Retrieved June 3, 2016 from http://www.blackbride.com/blog/2013/11/05/thirsty-tresses-best-super-moisturizers-conditioners-natural-hair/
Throw Some Deep Condish On It

Some curly girls deep condition on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, however, that may not be enough during the summer months. Throwing in an additional deep treatment will definitely help to keep your hair soft and moisturized even on the hottest days. When I’m going to be out for long periods of time, I apply my deep conditioner before I head out, so that it can really penetrate my strands and work its magic.

Photo Credit: [Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask]. (N.D). Retrieved June 3, 2016 from http://www.neutrogena.com/product/triple+moisture+deep+recovery+hair+mask.do
Photo Credit: [Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask]. (N.D). Retrieved June 3, 2016 from http://www.neutrogena.com/product/triple+moisture+deep+recovery+hair+mask.do
Conditioner Rinse More

I’m a big fan of conditioner rinsing because it helps to increase moisture, softness, and manageability. Conditioner rinsing is as easy as it sounds and can be done every 2-3 days. Take your favorite slippery conditioner, apply it to your hair, and let it sit for a few minutes in the shower. After rinsing, you’ll have soft, moisturized curls.

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Photo Credit: [untitled photo of woman rinsing her hair]. (N.D). Retrieved June 3, 2016 from http://hhandtw.blogspot.com/2013/09/no-poo-faq.html
UV Heat Protectant

We all know that UV rays are damaging in many ways, and it’s no surprise that they have the potential to damage your hair. Curly girls, especially those with color treated hair, should find a UV protectant to keep their hair soft and moisturized, but also protected from the sun’s damaging rays. I like to use my protectant after my hair is styled and before I leave the house, however, these protectants can be applied in various stages of your routine.

Photo Credit: [Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protectant Primer] (N.D). Retrieved June 3, 2016 from http://www.allure.com/beauty-products/hair/heat-protectant/2015/bumble-bumble-hairdressers-invisible-oil-primer-review
Photo Credit: [Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protectant Primer] (N.D). Retrieved June 3, 2016 from http://www.allure.com/beauty-products/hair/heat-protectant/2015/bumble-bumble-hairdressers-invisible-oil-primer-review
Curly hair can be a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. Be mindful when rocking your curls in the summer sun; they deserve as much protection as the rest of your body.

Written By: Ashley Hall

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