Moisture is hard to come by in the summertime. Add humidity and sun exposure to the mix and you have a recipe for frizz and dryness. We each find our own antidote and since every curly head is different, that means every curly girl's moisturizing routine is unique. If you ask 10 curly girls how they moisturize their hair, they will give you 10 different answers. And we did!
Here are the tried and tested ways in which we moisturize our hair in the NaturallyCurly office.
For moisture lovers
Fran (pictured above) is the newest addition to the NaturallyCurly team so she has been experimenting with many products for her first time. Through it all, this failproof conditioning combination has never failed her 3b curls.
"I use a combination of leave-ins and deep conditioners to keep my hair moisturized in the summer. For the most part I use Kinky-Curly Knot Today as my leave-in conditioner and SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque as my deep conditioning hair mask.
On wash days, I apply a deep conditioner and leave it in for about 30 min-1 hour. After I rinse that out, I rake my leave-in conditioner through my hair and that’s it. For moisture boosts throughout the day/week I use a spray bottle filled with half water and half whichever leave-in I’m using at the time."
Read more about Fran's routine here.
For frizz sufferers
Jamie's biggest hair issue is "frizz, frizz, frizz and puff!" These can be caused by dryness in the hair, or just the unrelenting Texas humidity. Here is how she keeps her 3b curls defined in the summer.
"I like to use gels in the summer because they seem to have a better hold then mousse's or creams. Right now I'm into Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. I also like super moisturizing conditioners like the CURLS Coconut Sublime Conditioner when I wash my hair. I will keep it in my hair for a few extra minutes and comb it through. If it is a really humid day and my hair is not cooperating, I will stick my hair up in a bun and use the DevaCurl Flexible-Hold Hair Spray to help keep my frizz controlled."
For ingredient snobs
Amanda is a NaturallyCurly editor who is picky, picky, picky when it comes to her ingredient labels. So if she vouches for a product, you know it is full of only good things.
"I struggle to maintain moisture in the summer because the sun rays are excruciating in Texas. I combat this by making sure I deep condition regularly with the Bee Mine Deep Conditioner."
For dry scalp & hair
Kami has mastered the curly cocktail for her 4b coils (she also just got a new haircut which we are all loving in the office). These are her go-to summer cocktails, the non-alcoholic kind.
"In the summer I have dry dry dry hair and scalp! I love being outside, swimming, hiking, lounging on patios - the sun just cooks my hair after being outdoors all day. But I definitely don't want to compromise my summer fun because of my 'do.
For short hair
Priscilla has her 4c coils cut into a bald fade, so her summer hair concerns are slightly different - she loves the humidity, but deals with oiliness. Here's how she beats her summer issues.
"Actually my hair usually feels great in the summer! It's the humidity here. My curls love it! When my hair was longer and I tried to do stretched styles like twist outs, those didn't do so well or they got really puffy. Now that my hair is short and all close to my scalp, I need to make sure I wash more often. With this length of hair, my hair actually gets really oily so I use good cleansers that don't strip out the moisture in my hair.
I've been using Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo and I like it because it get's rid of sweat and sebum buildup without stripping my hair. I also like to polish off my wash day curls with a great oil like Darshana to seal in moisture and give great summer shine!"
For easier detangling
Nikki has long, 3c hair she knows the detangling struggle. Dryness can make this worse in the summer, so she looks for products with plenty of slip.
"I struggle with tangles in the summer, so I have to switch my regimen to products that are extra slippery.
I use moisturizing conditioners and leave ins like Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner, Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion, SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow Restore Leave-In Conditioner and Kinky-Curly Knot Today.
In the summer, I just replace my other conditioners with the Elucence and apply my leave-ins to wet hair. These products make it easier to detangle even my day 5 hair."
For unpredictable weather
Evelyn wears her 4c coils in a twist out every. single. day. She knows what works for her and she does not stray. But that does not mean her regimen doesn't change.
"In the summer my biggest challenge is managing the weather change -- sometimes it's hot and dry, so I lose moisture fast. Other times it's hot and humid so my hair is so moisturized I can't keep a stretched style for more than a day.
To fight dry hair, I make sure my deep conditioner is really nourishing, I like Ouidad Melt Down Mask. I deep condition my hair every time I was it and use a shower cap or hair therapy wrap for a heat deep conditioning session for 30 minutes to put the moisture back in my hair after being exposed to the sun all day.
For color-treated hair
I bleached my hair last summer and now that I am transitioning the damaged hair out it tends to feel straw-like, so I am using more moisturizers than I normally would on my 2c waves.
Deep conditioners are especially important for me during this time, and one of my old stand-bys is the EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner. I apply it and either leave it in for 3-5 minutes while I'm soaping the rest of my body, or if I feel like a longer, deeper conditioning session I'll put on a Heat Therapy Thermal Wrap and leave it in for 20 minutes or more. After the shower I've been applying the ApHogee Moisture-Rich Leave-in to my wet hair, and finishing with Kinky-Curly Knot Today. Knot Today isn't really a styler, but I find that it gives my waves great definition and enough hold while moisturizing them.
For LCO-method followers
Devri is a die-hard fan of the LCO method for her 3c curls. This is a method of layering your products in order of liquid, then cream, then oil. You can read more about the LCO (also known as LOC) method here.
"I always get a huge frizz halo in the warmer months because of humidity. To combat my frizz and keep my definition, I love using the Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Creme as my leave-in, SheaMoisture Yucca & Plantain Styling Milk as my cream, and almond oil as my oil for my summer LCO method."