Hi Guys, it is summertime. You might be asking yourself this question, how can we keep our hair moisturize with less frizz so that it looks fabulous during the summer months? Because we all know that warm weather coupled with lots of humidity can lead to dry, frizzy hair. Today, I will discuss some of the key ingredients your products should contain to combat dryness and frizziness. In addition to some hints and tips regarding easy maintenance, all in time to rock some hot hairstyles this summer. These ingredients are not only essential to treating dry hair but also dry scalp, as you have seen, in many cases to improving dry hair leads to improve the general health of your scalp.
Some Key Butters that are great for dry hair includes:
Avocado Butter– a soft and lovely butter that absorbs well on the scalp.
Babassu– not only does it moisturize and repair the scalp and hair but it is recognized for its ability to improve the shine, manageability, and softness of your hair.
Cupuacu Butter- is a great hydrating and moisture-locking butter and it is even claimed to help with hair growth
Shea Butter– helps to coat the hair strands thereby protecting them, locking in moisture. It will leave your hair softer and shinier.
Kokum Butter– is a lovely, rich hydrating butter for dry hair. It will help your dry scalp due to its deeply moisturizing benefit without being heavy with some richer butter.
Mango Butter– deemed as one of the best conditioning butter for dry hair.
Ucuuba Butter is a very good choice, especially if you suffer from eczema with its combined healing and antimicrobial properties. It is an excellent hydrating and conditioning ingredient for the hair.
Now, let’s look at some Botanical & Herbs for dry hair!!
Botanicals and herbs play a very important role as plant-based ingredients within hair care products. Because of their ability to soften dry hair (an emollient action), heal the scalp (vulnerary action), and reduces itching (antipruritic action). Key ingredients for dry hair and scalp are those that are high in mucilage. The mucilage in plants plays an important role in the storage of water and food for seed germination. In hair, their mucilage, in the presence of water, will form a protective coating over the hair strands which will aid moisture retention, soothe irritated scalp, decrease tangling and help with hair manageability.
Aloe Vera– coats the hair strands, soften the hair, and is a notable moisturizer for the scalp.
Burdock root– superb for treating dry scalp and dandruff
Comfrey Root– provides a rich mucilage emollient profile that softens the skin on the scalp and hair. However, it can not be used on broken skin, making it unsuitable for eczema or psoriasis.
Flaxseed is another mucilage-rich botanical that softens, protects dry scalp and hair.
Hibiscus– conditions the hair, treats dry scalp, and dandruff.
Ginger– is noted for its anti-dandruff properties.
Horsetail– is a silica-rich herb that is used to repair dry, damaged hair. It is also useful for healing a dry and damaged scalp.
Marshmallow Root-rich in mucilage that will coat and protect dry scalp and hair. It also improves the feel and appearance of the hair.
Plantain-this will help the scalp and hair shaft lock in moisture and can help with flaking due to chronic skin condition. It is a cooling antipruritic agent too.
Wear a hat or use a headscarf– In hot soaring temperatures, the excess heat can dry your hair out, especially, if you are outside for a prolonged period of time. So, you will not only want to protect your skin from those UV rays but also your kinky, coily, and curly hair. I love my straw hats, reminiscent of my Caribbean upbringing. So, you may want to invest in a wide brim one. Using a satin-lined headscarf is another superb choice. Available in our online store are some good quality Ankara African print ones which are very trendy and fashionable.
Swimming/Hair Washing– are planning on taking a regular dip in the pool or at the seaside? Please, ensure that you wash your hair after every swim to get rid of the chlorine/salt. Avoid daily shampooing which tends to dry your hair out. Remember to use a conditioner after each shampoo. Shampooing once or twice a week is ideal. Consider using a co-wash to add that extra layer of moisture that your hair needs.
Protective Styling– It is good practice to consider using protective styling such as braids, cornrows, twists, ponytails, etc. They help to protect your delicate hair ends thus preventing breakage and reducing frizz.
L.O.C- Remember the L.O.C method blog. This method of drenching your hair with lotion, oil, and cream is a great way to prevent dryness and keeping your hair looking luscious and beautiful this summer.
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