Sun, fun and fun in the sun. This summer, care for your locs even better than last with these simple tips to maintain and grow your locs:
- If you swim, make sure to use a chlorine-removing shampoo. Chlorine dries out locs, which leads to breakage.
- Color-treated locs will lighten in the sun. If coloring for the first time, know that prolonged sun exposure will lighten your color over time.
- Drink plenty of water. It replenishes and hydrates not just your body. Water moisturizes your hair.
- Salt can also wreck havoc on your locs. After swimming, do a thorough water rinse before shampooing to remove the salt. If not, dryness and breakage can result.
- Summer’s heat can make your locs feel heavy or make your neck feel hot. Try updos to keep cool. Some to try: a pulled-back loc bun, parted Bantu knots, or a Bantu knot loc hawk.
- Want to lighten locs without chemicals? Try a chamomile hair rinse for subtle, sun-kissed highlights. It’s not drastic, but lightens over time.
Chamomile Hair Rinse Recipe
- Brew a large pot of chamomile tea using three to four tea bags of chamomile tea.
- Steep it for a few minutes and allow it to cool.
- Shampoo and condition your hair.
- Now, apply chamomile tea on your hair
- Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Sit in the sun to dry your hair
- To lightly moisturize, try natural oils. They are lighter, and are less likely to attract as much dirt and dust out of the air.
- Summer is the best time to let your locs air dry after shampooing.
- You can shampoo more often in the summer. You’ll want to remove pollutants and perspiration as often as possible.
Have fun this summer!