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Protecting Your Hair From the Sun

 

Your hair is the most abused part of your body during the summer months and most of us don't even realize it. Your hair can undergo some serious breakage and damage from the sun, chlorine, salt, and heat from your styling products. I'll share some secrets for keeping your locks healthy and protected this summer while you enjoy your time outdoors.

 

1. Get hairspray with sunscreen.

Control frizz, hold your style in place and get protection from the sun with a hair spray doing double duty. Spritz some all over your hair before you leave the door. If you want the protection but can do without the hold, spritz facial suncreen into the air and walk into it like you would a perfume.

 

2. Seal your hair cuticles.

Ever feel like your hair loses its color quickly in the summer or just looks dry and bristly? That's because your cuticles are damaged. Cuticles are the scales that point downward on the outside layer of your hair that often stick up due to the elements. During the summer, and even throughout other seasons, rines your hair with cold water to help flatten and seal the hair cuticles. Use a shampoo that helps to balance the pH levels in your hair as well as employing a smoothing serum while combing your hair.

 

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Ask Lavette: Dry Natural Hair

Ask Lavette: I recently cut my hair and went natural, but now my hair feels so dry…….What can I do?

This is a common question. When we wear our hair relaxed for so long then switch to natural, the hair feels different and we think the hair is dry and unhealthy. We have to understand our curl pattern get used to the texture change and how it will feel. The more curly your hair, the more dry the ends can be depending on the thickness of the hair. The natural oils from the scalp don’t reach the ends when the hair is extra curly. It is best to shampoo with moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. It is also essential to use a leave-in conditioner and a moisturizing cream. Using moisturizing creams is better than using heavy greases.  A cream will penetrate the shaft leaving the hair soft while a grease will only lye on the surface.  Greases also tend to collect lint and dust. Try using all of these steps then follow up with twisting your hair and sitting under a hooded dryer. Using a hooded dryer locks in moisture along with using a setting moisturizing cream and securing your hair at night with a satin head wrap. Just to summarize:

1) Wash and condition with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

2) Use a leave-in conditioner and  moisturizing setting cream

3) Use a wide tooth comb to untangle

4) Twist in medium sized sections

5) Sit under a hooded dryer

6) Release and style in desired style

                 

 

 

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