Over the last couple of weeks I have been on the hair boards a little bit more then I normally would have been and I’ve been seeing a lot of ladies say pretty much the same thing “its summer time and my hair is dry what should I do” or “my twist out aren’t lasting in the heat what should I do” and since I haven’t had anything extra dryness going on I thought I would share how I have been dealing with my hair over the last 9 months and what I do so that I don’t have the issue of dry hair.
When it comes to your hair being dry, you should always take that seriously because if it’s dry for too long then your hair is going to break off, and began to give the illusion of it not growing and no one wants that. When I was 5 months natural and I started using puffs as my staple hair style and even thought it was quick, easy and cute, I quickly noticed my hair was a little dryer then normal because one my hair was now always out and two I wasn’t retwisting my hair at night. Don’t get me wrong, there are some women that can just go to sleep and not retwist their hair at night, but then there are other women that need to make sure that their hair is protected at all times. I have hair that can be out in the day but when its time to take my butt to bed whether I like it or not I better twist up my hair or its going to be some kind of dry in the morning. With that said, one thing that I do to keep my hair from drying out is retwisting it at night. This also helps my hair to not tangle, become matted, or get little knots on the ends that will soon need to be dusted off [if you don’t know how I dust my ends read the post I did about it here] meaning less hair on my head because I wanted to be lazy.
Another thing I like to do is deep condition my hair every time I wash my hair. I would say I do this every week but lets be real I don’t always wash my hair every week although I do try. Deep conditioning my hair is a must! Deep conditioners sole purpose it to help retain and regain moisture in your hair. Which is why when you used to go to the hair shop your hair dresser would say “ooooo your hair is DRY girl its time for a good deep conditioning” and after your hair was back on point. Now fair warning too much of a good thing can definitely be a bad thing. If your deep condition your hair too much it can be damaging, signs of over conditioned hair is limp, or weak hair. And in that case you may need to add in some protein [check out my protein videos here here and here].
Don’t try to style dirty hair; just because you add moisture to dirty hair doesn’t mean that it’s going to stay soft for all that long. First of all because its dirty, all your going to do is cause build up to your hair. Two your hair may become greasy feeling and or looking and that’s a hot mess of its own right there. In all reality at this time of year washing your hair at least once every two weeks should be a staple unless you have been washing your hair once a month for years, you still have healthy hair, and are retaining all your length. But for everyone else once every two weeks should be a good place to start. Reason being, its hot out there, your hair is sweating, and when hair sweats for one it doesn’t always smell grate after a certain amount of time, and two your causing more build up. However this time its natural build up being added in with product build up which is just plain gross if you ask me. What some people don’t realize is that when your hair is dirty for too long the products will build up and create a film on your hair. Also, your hair growth may be affected. If you want your hair to grow then a clogged up scalp is not the route that you want to take simply because your hair is going to keep growing, however it doesn’t mean that the hair that comes out will be healthy.
My last bit of advice for keeping your hair from being a dry tumble weed in the summertime is co washing [washing hair with just conditioner] in between wash days. I will say this, I don’t recommend co washing every single day. It goes hand and hand with deep conditioning too often, and I personally have experimented with co washing everyday, or just once or twice a week, and in my personal experiences I found out that doing it everyday took out my natural hairs oil, and made my hair more dry then it should have been. However just doing it in between wash days to add in some moisture is very helpful. Now for those of you that like to do wash and goes I’m not saying don’t use conditioner if you do it everyday if it just is truly working for you. However you shouldn’t have to co wash every single day to get a wash and go, your hair should be able to get second day hair by just rewetting it. I have type 4a hair and I can get second day hair without always using conditioner so its always worth a try.
Anyways this is just my advice on how to get your hair through the summer because its working very well for me and I thought I would share it with everyone. But I will say this. Advice is just that advice, so take it at your own will. I hope this was helpful.
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