All is not lost though, there are solutions, and that is what we are here to talk about. The focus of this regimen is moisture because hair exposed to the sun is typically dry and protein for strength.
When you build any regimen you want to break it up into four categories and all the activities that you do for your hair will all be related to those categories.
Category 1 – Cleansing – Once A Week
Cleansing refers to cleaning your scalp and hair ridding them of product buildup, grime and excessive oils*. During the summer you want to make sure your hair is less stripped and when you shampoo with sulfates, you will strip the hair.
When you cleanse, use a sulfate free shampoo* instead, or a shampoo that is moisture based. There are a ton of them on the market, you will notice that the label will say ‘sulfate free’ and for good measure they might throw in that its ‘paraben free’ too.
If you feel like you need to clarify your hair and remove excess build up by all means do that with a clarifying shampoo* especially for those women who tend to produce excess oils* or use products that weigh the hair down.
Do not forget the natural options you can utilise for clarifying if you prefer to do that. We have talked about the benefits of the apple cider vinegar cleanse before, all you have to do is dilute some ACV in some water, and rub the mix on your scalp removing all dirt and grime.
Category 2 – Moisture – Often
Moisturizing your hair should happen for sure once a week after you shampoo. When you moisturize your hair use something water based in order to get the most benefit. Water based products will have water as the first ingredient on the bottle or jar, typically your conditioners and leave in conditioners are water based.
Moisturizing relaxed hair is so important, we cannot stress that enough so wash day is your first chance to set the foundation for moisture throughout the week after your cleanse.
We recommend that during the summer you deep condition your hair with a nourishing product and heat at least once every two weeks. Your heat source can be anything from a plastic bag gathering your own body heat, to a warm towel to a overhead hair dryer*. Deep conditioning* should be a minimum of twenty minutes which is long enough to ensure that your strands soak up as much of your moisture based products as it can.