How To Care, Protect, & Rock Your Natural Locs This Summer
Protect Your Natural Locs
If you're sporting natural locs this summer, you're probably wondering what's the best way to care for this hairstyle with a heat index of 105. Despite locs being a low-maintenance hairstyle, you have some work to keep your natural locs healthy, fierce, and long-lasting. As exciting as summer vacation is, exposure to UV rays, chlorine, saltwater, and even the AC can cause a lot of damage to your summer hair.
With that said, the solution is up to you.
The sooner YOU invest in –– top-notch styling products and implement the proper hair care routine –– the easier it'll be to maintain the health of your natural locs under any exorbitant heat index!
Locs are magnificent; they just need a little extra T.L.C. in the summer, which I know you can do.
6 Tips To Care For Your Natural Locs
Here’s the 411 On Shamwashing Natural Locs
Shamwashing refers to washing your natural locs, and when it comes to shame washing your hair in the summer, this is a MUST!
It's essential to keep your scalp clean and eliminate any build-up, lint, or extra oil from your locs. Inevitably, if that build-up takes up residency in your hair, you may end up with a not-so-friendly smell or a dull, brown look, which again isn't friendly!
Your summer hair is already fighting an uphill battle due to the sun, chlorine, and saltwater – all the more reason you must keep your locs clean!
The key is to avoid shampoos and conditioners that leave residue on your hair, so the best option is to use a sulfate-free shampoo.
I recommend Pink Shea Butter Coconut Oil Moisturizing Shampoo –– it gently cleanses your hair and scalp to remove any build-up; as well as, it’s formulated with natural oils and nourishing organic ingredients.
Your lifestyle and daily habits, especially throughout the summer, will determine how often you have to wash your natural locs, and they will gladly tell you it’s time to wash!
Conditioning Your Natural Locs
When it comes to conditioning your locs, there are two types of treatments you can do –– one focuses on hydrating the surface of your locs, while the other targets the deeper layer of your hair.
- Surface (Regular) Conditioner –– apply to your natural locs, sit for 5 minutes, and then rinse. (Think of this as a simple treatment you use in the shower for extra hydration) Pink Shea Butter Coconut Oil Moisturizing & Smoothing Conditioner is expert-recommended and specifically formulated for dehydrated, damaged hair.
- Deep Conditioner –– apply to your natural locs, and cover with a shower cap for 15-30 minutes. For additional heat, you can use a blow dryer on a low setting or, at the salon –– sit under the hairdryer. Pink Super Hydrate & Shine Masque has an excellent blend of plant-based vitamins to deliver superb conditioning you can see and feel –– after ONE use.
Properly –– Dry Your Locs To Block The Itch
Drying your locs is essential after conditioning; however, you must do this –– properly –– to prevent any irritation or itching to your scalp. The first step is to wring out as much water as you can very carefully. After that, take a manageable quantity of your natural locs and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. (Don’t rough up your locs in this process, be kind to your hair; you just want most of the water out.)
Wrap your hair with a microfibre towel to absorb the remaining water; always start from the top and work down to the bottom. Microfibre towels absorb more than cotton towels without leaving any lint in your locs.
Oil Your Scalp For Healthy Roots
Now that you’ve dried your natural locs, the next step is applying oil to your scalp; this is the most critical step in preventing damage to your roots. Pink Natural Oil Blends Lush Growth Oil –– keeps your scalp healthy with an exceptional blend of natural oils and vitamins.
Just think about it –– a healthy scalp leads to strong, healthy roots, and those roots then promote the growth of vibrant hair –– I call that a slam dunk for your locs, especially during a heat wave!
Natural Locs Rely on Moisture
Summer hair is prone to breakage, and having your locs snap off (WORST NIGHTMARE!) is the last thing anyone wants! So, moisturizing your natural locs is the best way to prevent your hair from looking dull and brittle.
To keep your locs gorgeous all summer, use this salon-approved moisturizing spray –– Pink Natural Oil Blends Trueshine Oil Mist –– instantly nourishes dull, dry hair; smoothing rough cuticles to repair any damage.
Safeguard Your Natural Locs at Night
At night, wearing a satin scarf wrapped around your hair is critical to keep your natural locs moisturized, preventing damage while you sleep.
Summer hair can be your best friend –– or a tragic mess you can't escape from until September. The simplest way to keep your natural locs healthy and fierce is with consistent care –– you got this!