Summertime care for locs

A loc updo is a great way to beat the heat this summer.

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!

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