While it is essential to moisturise your afro hair all year round, it is more important when the weather changes. If you don’t protect your hair from the transition from winter to spring, it could become damaged and dry from more exposure to the sun. So here are seven ways that you can ensure your afro curls stay fresh and healthy as the weather gets hotter.
Adopt A Leave-In Conditioner With Added SPF
If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the spring (as you should!) without UV protection, your afro hair can get damaged. UV rays from the sun can remove the natural moisture from your curls, resulting in dry and dull hair. After your kinky hair becomes dry, it is also more prone to breakage. So, it is best to opt for a leave-in conditioner like ours, which you can use in small amounts every day to protect your afro curls from UV radiation without destroying their natural bounce.
Moreover, as our leave-in conditioner contains manuka honey and avocado oil, these plant-based ingredients are natural antioxidants. So, it can act as a form of sunscreen that protects your afro hair from sunlight, pollutants and chemicals.
Consider Using A Shampoo That Cleanses And Hydrates
As the weather gets warmer, you will naturally sweat more, which can dry your kinky hair out if not washed. Our Hydration Shampoo with Manuka Honey can cleanse and revitalise your scalp so that you can rinse any product build-up or pollutants out of your hair and restore your afro hair’s natural moisture. If this shampoo forms part of your wash and go routine, follow it with our Moisture-Rich Conditioner with Manuka Honey and Avocado to prep your hair for styling and seal the moisture in.
Add A Co-Wash To Your Spring Hair Routine
As the spring heat can easily remove moisture from your hair, it is not recommended that you shampoo your hair more than once a week. But, you can use a co-washing cleanser during the week in addition to your regular shampoo, as it is less likely to strip your curls of their regular moisture. In addition, this type of product has more conditioning-based properties and fewer detergents and surfactants, meaning you can cleanse afro hair gently without drying it out.
Begin The New Season With A Trim
The winter air might have caused damage to your afro curls like breakage and split ends. If you let a split end travel up your hair strand, it could cause more damage. So get your ends trimmed at the start of the spring season so that your afro curls can have the best chance of growing healthier and more robust.
Minimise Your Use Of Heat Drying And Styling Techniques
When you combine heat with the drying effects of the sun, it can worsen your hair. But you might think, how can I achieve a unique hairstyle without using a heating tool? Our Curl Elongating Gel with Flaxseed Oil & Rosewater can stretch your curls naturally without heat and give them the definition and bounce it deserves.
Moisturise Your Curls From The Inside Out
As well as drinking plenty of water when the weather gets warmer, ensure that you are eating foods which contain nutrients your afro hair needs. For instance, your curls need iron for hair growth sourced from nuts, broccoli and spinach. Your scalp also requires iron to make haemoglobin, which carries oxygen to your hair follicles, enabling them to grow. In addition, vitamin A found in fruits like mango, peaches, and apricots is also essential for hair growth during spring. It assists in your skin glands producing sebum which can help naturally moisturise your scalp.
Invest In A Protective Style
If you want to reduce washing your afro hair, minimise hair styling tools and pulling, allow your curls to rest with a protective style. You could adopt a wig to protect and grow your strands if your afro hair is shedding or is damaged from the last season. But for those who have healthier, fuller hair as you approach spring, you could try braids, crochet styles for twists to tuck away your ends.
Keeping your afro hair healthy and strong results from the proper hair care routine, a balanced diet and keeping active. Use our tips above to get your afro curls ready for the warmer weather.