During the summer, there all kinds of things to enjoy from vacations to pool parties to simply brunching outside, but that's not all. Haircare is particularly important during the warmer months, especially for curly hair, so you can also look forward to showing your strands some serious TLC!
To keep your natural tresses looking and feeling great all the way through to fall, check out the essential curly haircare tips below.
Prep before swimming
Before you even think about jumping into a swimming pool or taking a dip in the ocean while on vacation, make sure you protect your hair by saturating it with water and slathering it from roots to ends with a deep conditioner. This will help to protect your hair while preventing it from absorbing too much salt and chlorine.
Keep your curls hydrated
Using a deep conditioner on a weekly basis is also a good rule of thumb throughout the summer. It will keep your hair hydrated and prevent it from absorbing moisture from humid air when the strands get too dry, thus reducing your chances of frizz.
You should also keep some leave-in conditioner on hand to salvage dry ends and replenish lost moisture after spending time in the sun. The heat can zap your curls, leaving them drier and more prone to frizz and breakage than usual.
Turn down the heat (styling)
During the summer, try to lay off heat styling as much as you can, opting instead for techniques like plopping damp hair to get the defined curls you want. Not only is this more pleasant than using hot tools on 85°+ days, it'll also give your locks a break from the stress of heat styling when the sun is more than willing to help it fry already.
To seal your curls against humidity and other frizz triggers, make the most of your hair products. While your hair is still damp, apply smoothing aids like Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream to keep the cuticle smooth while it dries. Once dried, use Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel to keep any particularly unruly curls under control, and keep your favorite serum nearby for touch-ups between washes!