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Dianne Austin
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Dianne Austin

Dianne is the co-founder of Natural Haircare News and Coils To Locs.com. She's been blogging about natural hair ever since she made the decision to break free of the creamy crack in 2012.
Dianne Austin
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Want head turning summer hair? Check out these three easy tips:

Summer Hair Tip #1: Protect your hair from sun damage

Who doesn’t enjoy the warming rays of the sun? While it may feel good to bask in the sun’s rays, prolonged exposure to the ultraviolet light emitted from the sun wreaks havoc on our hair by breaking down your hair’s cortex which compromises hair elasticity and resilience; making your hair a candidate for breakage. These ultraviolet rays also break down the pigment or color of your hair causing further damage.

There are plenty of haircare products on the market that contain sunscreen, but if you are interested in protecting your hair sans chemicals, wear a hat and limit your time in the sun. Natural products like Shea, Mango or Avocado butter can also offer a layer of protection for those times when a hat or scarf just won’t do. An added benefit:  butters like shea butter are nature’s natural sunscreen without the chemicals.
Summer Hair Tip #2: Use products that lock in hydration

Natural hair is prone to dryness since it is harder for the sebum – our natural scalp oil to make its way from the roots to the ends of our hair. But there are simple ways to keep our hair moisturized.

Take a little extra time to deep condition your hair with moisture infusing oils. Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, and Moroccan oil are perfect because these oils are actually absorbed into the hair. Avoid products that just sit on top of or coat the hair when it comes to choosing a deep conditioning oil. Mineral oil and petroleum based products although very popular and inexpensive don’t get absorbed into the hair shaft where you need the moisture the most.

To avoid leaving excess oil in your hair, use these oils as a pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment. Saturate your hair with the oil of your choice, then wrap your hair in a plastic cap. Sit under a dryer using a low heat setting, or better yet use a hair steamer and relax for 10 to 20 minutes; then wash and condition your hair as usual. Seal in your moisture infused hair with a good hair butter or creme then style as usual.

Summer Hair Tip #3: Opt for protective hairstyles

Opt for wearing your natural hair in twists, braids, buns, and ponytails which will help to protect your hair from the damaging affects of the sun and help to maintain moisture and minimize breakage.

Author: Dianne

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