Summer is just around the corner, and naturally curly editors behind NaturalyCurly.com are getting their summer 2017 hair routines in gear. Naturally curly blogger and Viviscal devotee Diane Mary shares her six must-have tips for summer haircare. Below, you’ll find all her hair goals and go-to products to keep her wavy-curly hair looking its best through the hottest summer weather.
6 Tips for Healthy Curly Hair this Summer
1. Take Your Hair Vitamins
“I take Viviscal supplements to help keep my hair healthy 365 days a year,” says Diane. “While these can’t replace a well-balanced diet of course, I find them to be an excellent addition to for my hair to grow in as healthy as possible.” The blend of a marine-extract complex called AminoMar (exclusive to Viviscal supplements) plus biotin, niacin, vitamin C, iron and zinc is clinically proven to promote hair growth and less hair shedding.
2. Deep Condition
For curly girls, moisturizing your hair is essential. This goes double in summer when hair is exposed to drying elements like sun, salt, chlorine and sweat! Diane recommends adding heat to your deep conditioning treatment. She uses the Thermal Hair Care Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap every two weeks, which she says makes deep conditioning with heat super-easy.
Diane’s hot-weather conditioning tip: “If I know I’ll be out in the sun for any extended period of time, I’ll apply deep conditioner beforehand, using the sun’s heat to turn what could be damage into a treatment!”
3. Get Regular Trims
Yes, you want maximum length, but it’s still important to get regular trims and shapings every 2-4 months (depending on the condition of your hair) to remove split ends. Otherwise, you risk that these split ends will travel up the hair strand, causing more damage and forcing you to cut off even more length at your next haircut! Diane’s go-to hairstylist is Jason at the Ouidad flagship salon in NYC. Because she trims every four months, her plan is to see Jason “sometime around the end of May or beginning of June, right at the start of summer season, and then again in late September or October when the weather changes.” Diane warns that she doesn’t cut off much length at these appointments — “just the slightest dusting possible”. Her goal is to remove the last of her “damaged, dyed hair at the tips” by October.
4. Protect from UV Rays
Just like the sun burns our skin, powerful UV rays can damage our hair. When Diane is outside for too short of a time to do the conditioner trick above, she uses a UV spray to protect her hair. Her two current UV-protectant favorites are the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Detangling Heat Spray and the Briogeo Rosarco Milk.
5. Fight the Frizz
To protect against frizz from summer humidity, Diane recommends using a stronger hold gel plus an anti-frizz product. Here’s her anti-frizz hair care routine: Use the lightweight, organic Raw Curls Anti-Frizz Spray right after you get out of the shower. Then, add the Raw Curls Firm Hold Gel. With this combination, Diane says, “good hair days are practically a guarantee!”
6. Air-dry Often
In the cold winter months, you may have no choice but to blow-dry your wet hair, with a diffuser of course. But in summer, try to air-dry as much as possible. If you do blow-dry regularly, says Diane, it’s a good idea to take a break from the heat occasionally to minimize heat damage.
If you follow these six tips, you can keep your curly hair growing long and healthy no matter what the summer weather forecast throws your way.