6 Hair Tricks to Get Through Summer!

hair braidAs of this past weekend it is officially Summer ya’ll!  This is hands down my favorite time of year for hair because the weather forces me to get more creative with my hairstyles out of sheer practicality (having long, thick, curly black hair that has an aversion to getting frizzy and unmanageable is the perfect combination to kick start anyone into hair creativity, am I right?).

Summer is all about being outside enjoying the beautiful warm weather while sipping cocktails at the pool or jammin’ out to your favorite DJ or band at a music festival.   For a long time I use to let my hair dictate what outdoor activities I’d participate in because of the haunting vision of a big frizz ball on top of my head.  Over the years I’ve picked up few tips and now I’m spreading the wealth because no one should have to experience what I call FBR (Frizz Ball Rachetness).  Check out my tips and give them a whirl and be sure to tell me which one became your absolute must because lord knows these have all come in handy in so many ways!

1.  Get rid of static with one amazing tool: A dryer sheet!  With one sheet, smooth it over your entire head going from root to ends.  To avoid getting static altogether, rub the dryer sheets on your brushes and combs before using them on your hair.

2.  Wild & unruly baby hairs? Spray a toothbrush with strong hold hairspray and comb down the baby hairs and this method works extremely well with taming cowlicks too. 

3.  Best trick to avoid chlorine hair? Pre-soak your  hair and ensure that you drench it with spray on conditioner.  This will ensure that when you are in the pool your hair will soak up the chlorine free water and conditioner and not the pool water.

4.  Frizz your biggest problem?  Reduce frizz by drying your hair with cotton tee instead of a towel.  Towels can cause a lot of friction which disrupts the hair cuticle and in turn will frizz.  You should then follow up with blow drying it on a cool setting.  Drying on a cool setting keeps the cuticle closed which will prevent frizzing.  Heat opens up the cuticle which means FBR.

5.  Natural Summer highlights?  Don’t waste your money at the salon, instead squeeze an entire lemon into a dish, dip clean toothbrush into the juice, and gently comb it through your hair.  Sit in the sun for 45 minutes-don’t forget to put on some SPF because why have highlights if your skin becomes leathery.  Repeat as necessary to achieve the highlight color you want to achieve.

6.  A clean scalp is a healthy scalp! Keep your scalp clean from all of the oil and product build up that can clog your scalp by cleaning your hair & scalp by mixing baking soda in water to create a paste that you use to wash your hair.  Then rinse out your baking soda paste with a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar.  Yes it smells fun, but your hair will feel so fresh and so clean!

 

 

 

 

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