This winter was a brutal one for the folks here in Iowa. The harsh conditions and dry air have wreaked havoc on our hair. But, all hope is not lost. The lovely summer sun is starting to replenish vitamin D to brighten up our dull hair and add shine to our tresses. But, we can still do more for our hair. A refreshing, hydrating and moisturizing treatment is a welcomed relief for our dry, brittle strands.
The amount of natural hair care information out there is overwhelming. That’s why we’re were to help! We’ve come up with a list of natural summer hair care tips and products to maintain luscious, summer-ready hair.
- Moisturize your hair with a re-conditioner before bed or during the day when your scalp feels dry and parched. Especially if you live in a hot, dry climate.
- For frizz, try a couple spritzes of heat protector or anti-frizz serum to keep flyaways at bay.
- If you live in an area that has hard water, use apple cider vinegar or a moisturizing shampoo to conquer dry, damaged hair, discover a radiant new world of strength and shine.
- For dull, dry stands, try an oil rinse using coconut oil, olive or argan oil after shampooing. Simply glide oiled up fingers through your hair from root to ends, rinse and condition as normal. These nourishing oils penetrate hair follicles and stands, increasing their ability to absorb water. Be careful not to over oil your hair because shampoos won’t be able to clean properly.
- To break up your routine, use a clarifying shampoo once a week, especially after swimming.
- After prolonged sun exposure, try a leave-in conditioner to replenish moisture and promotes manageability and shine.
- Pool time? Try applying a protecting leave-in conditioner before jumping in. Conditioner will help block harmful chemicals from being absorbed into your hair and also prevents it from drying out.
But, why use a natural hair care? We’re glad you asked.
Using natural, plant-based products on your hair and scalp means removing unnecessary chemical compounds and additives like parabens, sulfates, SLS, sudsing agents, fragrance and other stabilizers. Because of this, natural products will likely behave differently than conventional. They may not be sudsy, smell as strong or leave your hair as shiny, for example. It’s also worth noting that natural products won’t last quite as long as there are no preservatives to keep them shelf stable.
Depending on the brand and product, you can expect a natural hair care product to last six months to two years. It’s important to regularly check the smell and the consistency. If the product has separated or has a funky smell, it's probably time to throw it out and replace it. Many natural hair care products are also recyclable, septic and white water safe and are cruelty-free, meaning you can feel good about using it.