Mahisha Dellinger, curly hair expert and creator of the CURLS (www.curls.biz), an all-natural and organic haircare line, was kind enough to offer HOTB readers some end of summer hair care tips. The hot summer months brings a daily assault of taxing chlorine compounds, drying sea salt, and damaging sun rays–not to mention all the havoc we put our hair through from daily styling. If there is ever a time to be extra gentle on our hair, it is now.
Here are five of Mahisha’s summertime tips to help keep hair damage at bay!
- Before entering a pool, lake, ocean, or any body of water, drench your hair with water and apply a coat of conditioner to protect the hair. This will fill the gaps in your hair shaft, and act as a barrier from the water.
- Immediately after swimming in chlorinated or salt water, purify your curls with a clarifying shampoo. CURLS Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo was formulated to rid the hair of these curl killing chemicals. Follow up with a deep conditioner.
- Over-shampooing and under-conditioning are common culprits to dry and frizzy hair, especially in the summer months. Shampooing more than one time a week is not recommended on naturally curly hair. On “shampoo-less” days, simply do a conditioning rinse – rinse hair to remove styling products. Apply an ample amount of a water soluble conditioner, like CURLS Curl Ecstasy Hair Conditioner, comb through, rinse, and proceed with styling. Doing this will rinse away unnecessary dirt and oil, pump much needed moisture back into your hair without stripping away essential nutrients, and give you a fresh, clean start.
- Avoid products that contain synthetic oils such as mineral and/or petrolatum oil, as they sit on the hair, blocking out moisture further dehydrating your hair. Also avoid products that contain drying alcohol, such as hair spray, mousse and some gels.
- Pay special attention to the ends of your hair; after all, they are the oldest part of the hair. Mix a bit of a conditioner with a natural oil, apply, and comb through ends; leave in for extra protection.