Fall may be on its way, but a heat wave is still raising the temperatures into the 90s. When hot weather starts up it can cause our natural hair to become dry, brittle or puffy and frizzy with humidity. Below are four ways to combat the heat and save your hair from the sun.
Drink at least 24 ounces of water; 32 ounces is better. The more water our bodies consume, the more moisture our natural hair is able to maintain throughout the day. Avoid water with additives like sodium/salt or flavoring and instead drink purified drinking water. Read your ingredient list to see what is listed.
2. Omega 3 Fish Oil
Take an Omega 3 Fish Oil tablet daily. Omega 3 Fish Oil, found naturally in fish like salmon and sardines as well as in flaxseeds, can replenish your natural hair of much need nutrients. The fish oil will help your hair as well as your skin stay moisturized when outside in the sun (source).
“What’s more, omega-3s can boost your hair’s shine, prevent your strands from drying out, and keep your scalp from flaking. “The recommended dose to reap the benefits is 600 mg of DHA per day,” Soheil Simzar, MD, a clinical instructor of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a dermatologist in Santa Monica, Calif. says. “However, if you have a history of mood disorders, fish allergies, diabetes, or high blood pressure, check with your doctor first, he advises” (source).Invest in high quality Omega 3 tablets that have been certified as being free of environmental toxins or metals. Start will a small amount of mg; always consult your doctor before taking a vitamin. Make sure you drink lot of water when taking any vitamins in order to move the nutrients throughout your system adequately.
3. Flax seed Gel
Make your own Homemade Flax Seed Gel following a recipe. Flax Seed Gel coats your natural hair shaft on the outside, creating a “protective” coating that will help your hair resist the heat of the sun’s rays. Flax seed gel will also keep your hair stay spongy, soft, as well as define your natural curl pattern. Use Flax seed gel with a butter or natural styling foam mouse for flat twists, bantu knot, and twist out hairstyles.
Avoid humectants as much as possible in order to maintain a healthy hair moisture/protein balance. Humectants are ingredients in products that draw moisture into natural hair similar to how a sponge soaks up water. Humectants can have adverse effects for people with high porosity natural hair (draws moisture in easily, lets moisture out easily) because the hair becomes puffy or frizzy when too much moisture enters the hair shaft. Below are humectants you may find listed in natural hair care products; look for products without chemicals first in the ingredient lists.
- Vegetable glycerin
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Propylene Glycol (chemical)
- Capryl glycol (chemical)
How do you keep your hair moisturized in dry, hot weather?