Summer Protective Styling Series

Using protective styles to protect hair during the remainder of the summer.

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Summer comes and goes really quickly. As of the writing of this post, we are about midway through.

I’ve been embracing the wash and go for most of the entire month of July and while I love the look of the wash and go, I have some concerns that I’m leaving my hair out waaaay too much. Plus, when my hair is loose I tend to “play” in it. So, I decided this would be a great time (mid-summer) to return to what I know helps with retaining length…Protective Styling.

Many naturals say they can’t protective style. They don’t like to or they don’t really see the benefit. Protective styling is a personal choice but for my natural hair journey, I find it very helpful. The key to it being successful is finding protective styles you will stick with.

I’ve tried, twists, mini-twists, small twists, buns and french rolls. Each of these protective styles is great but I’ve found that I have issues with them and these issues cause them not to be very protective at all.

Twists

Twists get too fuzzy for my liking and the smaller the twist, the more tangling and “webbing” at the root I encounter. I also tend to take twists out too quickly (think 3 days!) It doesn’t matter if I spent hours twisting my hair. I just can’t seem to like them long enough to keep them in.

Buns

Buns are so cute and I love to “recover” an old twist out/braid out by styling it in a bun. Unfortunately, when rocking buns, they don’t last longer than a day. I need to restyle the bun on a daily basis and also find myself finger detangling more often to mold the bun in the way I want. Well, that’s not very protective!

Braids

protective styling with braids

Braids tend to give me the biggest bang for my protective styling buck, if you will. It not only takes a while to braid my hair, it takes twice the amount of time to unbraid them! Because of the time it takes to unbraid, I am more apt to leave them in longer. Braids also stay looking neat for much longer than twists.

So, I shared all of that to share that I’m kicking off this summer protective styling series with my hair in braids as a protective style! Check out the two videos below. They share my braiding process:

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RBB Approved Conditioners for Easy Breezy Summer Hair Care

Types of conditioners available to protect and repair natural hair in the summer and list of conditioners that are Radiant Brown Beauty improved. conditioners for summer hair care Not too long ago I shared how to take advantage of humid weather for hair growth. In that post, I mentioned the importance of protecting your hair from the sun’s UV rays (UVA and UVB). Your conditioners (rinse out, leave in and deep) are powerful allies in your arsenal of hair products for summer hair care. They protect and repair, providing your hair with prophylactic and therapeutic benefits. I’ll list them by type as well as share the brands I highly recommend:

  1. Rinse Out Conditioners – This type of conditioner not only helps to smooth the hair shaft but it also imparts nutrients to the hair that help restore moisture, shine and flexibility. Recommended rinse out conditioners: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner, renew Moroccan Argan Oil
  2. Leave in Conditioners – This type of conditioner provides the same benefits as rinse outs with a few additional benefits: helps impart needed moisture to the hair strands and also provides your hair with a layer of antioxidant protection that can serve as a barrier between your hair and the sun’s UV rays. Recommended leave ins: Kinky Curly Knot Today, Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia, Salerm 21,  Eden’s Heart Oatmilk ‘n Honey Daily Conditioner
  3. Deep Conditioners – No matter what you use to protect your hair from environmental factors, your hair still needs additional therapy on a regular basis. It’s important to take the time to use a deep conditioner because it will help repair damage, strengthen the hair from within and impart moisture.. Recommended deep conditioners: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque, Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Deep Penetrating Hair Treatment, Aubrey Organics GPB

It can not be overstated the importance of using all 3 types of conditioners. Summer can take a toll on your hair if you don’t properly protect it and treat it. In some cases, you can even use your rinse out as a leave in. The key is to keep your hair deeply conditioned and moisturized so that dryness and breakage can be kept at bay.

Are there any conditioners that you use specifically for summer hair care?

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Taking Advantage of Humid Weather for Hair Growth

How summer humidity can aid with natural hair growth.

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It’s growing season. The warmer the climate, the better it is for your hair. Increased humidity can provide your hair with a sort of green house effect environment. Yay!

Here are some tips on helping your hair to grow during this humid season:

- Increase those scalp massages!! The heat may have your hair in a perfect setting for growth but you need to take advantage of all that humidity. (Hopefully, you don’t live in a dry, hot climate. I’m a New Yorker so, I embrace the 2 months of humid weather while they’re here!). Massage your scalp morning and night if you can. Stimulate that growth and let the humidity do the rest. Here’s what I use to aid with my massages (I love it!):

- Keep your hair well moisturized. The heat can leach moisture from your hair (not as much as in the winter, but still) so keep it very moisturized so that it doesn’t dry out while you’re in the sun.

- Use a product that contains protection from the sun. Alternatively, natural products like grapeseed oil and shea butter provide some sun protection for your hair.

- Embrace the wash and go. I mean really. Wash….and go. OK maybe I’m leaving out a little. Put in your products that will prevent frizz and then go. I get the softest, moisture filled wash and go’s when I apply my heavy moisturizing products. But here’s the thing, the humidity will kill your style if you don’t apply a little alcohol free gel to the mix. Now, the thing that’s going to make this wash and go super soft and hydrated is to seal everything in with a natural oil AFTER the gel. So, the oil is the last thing you will use and baby, will your hair love you at the end of the day!

I was literally walking around with totally undefined hair the other day but then I realized something. It was the softest, most moisturized poof ever! So, while I say embrace the wash and go, put your hair up into a loose high ponytail or other wash and go style that keeps your hair contained. I’ve seen some really cute styles on Youtube. Here is one video I absolutely adore:

 

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