A head full of curls can become quite tiring to manage in the Summertime – From swimming and being cute poolside or on the beach, to evenings out – don’t let your curls get you down.

Here are my 5 top tips for taking care of your curls this Summer.

1. Protective Styles – Protective styles, not only look amazing, but offer you a low maintenance option for your hair, that offers protection and promotes growth. Cornrows, dutch braids, faux locks, box braids, etc. Find one that works for you and rock it!

2. Experiment – Twirls, Coils, Twists and Buns – Its Summer! Perfect time to try something new. These methods enhance texture and minimize frizz. For the best results, apply your styling agent (My favorites are Cantu as well as Twisted Sister Curl Creams) to clean hair, twirl small amounts around your finger, leave to set – you can dry with hairdryer or just air dry, it is Summer after all. Lastly, loosen and fluff. A style like this could last a good couple of days.

3. Brave the water – Don’t be afraid to get into the water this Summer – Ensure you take good care of your curls BEFORE you step into the water. Hair is porous (penetrable), so rinsing your hair BEFORE you take a dip will mean that chlorine or salt water will not be able to enter the hair shaft easily as it will already be filled with clean water. An alternative, if you are unable to shower or wet your hair, is to lather it with conditioner or coconut oil. Coconut oil seals the cuticles and keeps moisture locked in. Wear a swimming cap for extra protection. If you looking for a great swimming cap, try www.swimma.co.za, they have a wide range of swim caps to fit diverse hair types and hairstyles.

4. Keep it moisturized – Salt and chlorine can cause major damage to your precious curls. Salt, absorbs moisture and leaves the cuticles (outer layer of the hair) wide open with leads to lots of frizz. Chlorine strips away the natural oils on your curls, leaving it dry and brittle. Nobody wants bad hair in the Summer, so keep it moisturized. Try a deep conditioning treatment, I like Everystrand Shea and Coconut oil and My Natural Hair Hair Mask. Use hair gels that contain flaxseed oil – Flax seeds nourishes the hair and increases elasticity and this decreases breakage.

5. Wrap it up – Being in the sun is great, but just like you protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, you need to do the same for your hair – prolonged exposure to the sun can cause damage to the hair cuticle, which is the outer layer of your hair. Damage like dry, brittle, discoloured is not cute, so wrap it up. Summer is all about experimenting – play around with caps, hats and head wraps. Add a flower crown or some bling.

Remember, ENJOY! Don’t fight the curl, have fun.

Shine Bright and Live Life Extraordinary

Love Leslin