As the summer season draws near I know that many of you will be planning to go away for the holidays. One problem that always arises for me is how to take care of my natural, afro, kinky hair if it’s not in braids or any other protective styling.
How can I enjoy the freedom of my natural fro whilst on holiday?
Here are three simple tips to make sure your curls be poppin’!
*Please note: Protective styling is still an option if you prefer it and once again I do not claim to be a hairdresser, this is from my own personal experience.
Before we get started let’s do a suitcase check.
- Nik Naks such as hair pins, hairbands etc.
- Oil of your choice
Simple Tip #1: Wash hair more regularly
The heat in hotter climates causes the scalp to produce more of its natural oil (sebum). Add this to sweat, dust and dead skin cells, you can imagine the build-up this creates.
So the first tip in this climate is to wash your more regularly than you typically would. For example, normally I would wash my hair every other week (other people more frequently), in hotter climates, I would wash it probably once a week.
It truly does depend on your hair and how your scalp feels, everybody’s hair is different.
Simple Tip #2: Massage your scalp
Take advantage of the sun! Massaging your scalp not only alleviates headaches and stress but increases blood flow to your scalp which stimulates hair follicles.
These stimulated hair follicles can also increase hair growth. It’s a win win! The heat from the external environment just makes this process much faster.
Simple Tip #3: Leave your hair alone
Minimal contact with hair is needed. If anything, a light water spritz and a little touch up. Why? I have found that my hair grows at a greater rate in the sun and especially when I don’t fiddle about with it during the day. This just attracts more dirt to your hair and irritation.
And that’s it!
How easy was that? Wherever you go on holiday I hope you enjoy yourself and keep slaying your fro’s!
If you are one of Girl Got Faith’s friends from overseas and the colder weather is coming your way, then you can check out my tips for afro hair in the winter here!