Change is good. I didn’t always think so when it came to my natural hair. When I began transitioning, I read a ton of information on natural hair care. I wanted to do it the right way. One night, I was on the web when I read that you should find a hair routine or regimen and stick to it. The article went on to say if you’re consistent you will see positive results in your hair’s overall health and length. I was geeked! All I had to do was commit to a healthy hair care routine and my hair was going to grow Rapunzel lengths. I was ready; fully armed with my leave-in conditioner and sealant. Each day and week my routine remained the same. Fall passed, then winter and I began to notice a change in my hair. I didn’t realize I should mold my hair routine each season to fit the climate changes. The freezing cold and bikini hot weather can have adverse effects on your hair, and you must make the proper adjustments to your hair routine to keep your mane healthy.
The sun zaps moisture out of your hair causing your locks that are already prone to dryness to become even more dessert-like. To counter this, apply more moisturizer than you would normally use and NEVER skip sealing your hair. If you do not seal, as soon as your hair is exposed to the elements, that yummy leave-in conditioner you applied will be up in the hair somewhere; the sun will suck it up like a vacuum. You may also need to apply moisture twice a day instead of once. If your hair feels dry by the middle of the day, you most likely need to up the amount of times you moisturize. You also may need to deep condition your hair more frequently and/or leave it on your hair for a longer period of time than you normally do.
Remember, during the summer, it’s an ongoing battle between your hair and the sun. If you watch and listen to your hair closely and make the necessary changes to your regimen, you will undoubtedly be victorious.
Chime Edwards is an extremely popular YouTube vlogger with over 145,000 subscribers. Chime was also featured in Nikki Walton’s (Curly Nikki) book, 'Better Than Good Hair.'