3 Products To Avoid During the Summer and The Great Alternatives You Can Try Instead

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Every summer in California is the same: Hot. And still, every summer, I scramble to change my hair regimen like I’ve never done this before. It’s a vicious cycle, but what can I say? I can’t stop procrastinating!

However, if it’s one thing I DO know, it’s that certain products are never going to work for my hair while it’s so hot outside. I may love these products during the colder seasons, but they aren’t the best options while it’s over 90 degrees and ridiculously humid outside–No.

While these products aren’t the best for the season, they may still serve a purpose in your hair regimen. You can either get rid of them completely or find a great alternative; whatever you do, always make sure you find a replacement that suits your needs!

Below are a few products you should avoid during the summer, and a few things you can try instead.

 Edge Control

Slick edges are one of the major keys to making any hairstyle look great. There’s an array of products we can use to achieve our desired look, but one of the most popular products is edge control. Edge control comes in all different consistencies–pomades, gels, waxes, jellies- and usually effectively tames frizzy edges. But let’s be real, edge control has the tendency to lift.


It starts off great; your edges are smoothed out and not budging for at least 30 minutes, then you see you little fly always start to pop out. By the end of the hour, whatever little edge control you thought was working–is gone.

Don’t get me wrong, some edge controls do work, but most of them don’t do well under summer heat. Your hair either lifts, it starts getting sticky, or worse: it melts and starts dripping down the side of your face.

Sure, you can reinforce the edge control with a max-hold hair gel, or you can cut out the middle man and just use gel. Hair gel is the best thing to use during the summer because your edges will stay down despite heat and humidity.

If you’re afraid of the gel drying out your hair or forming flakes, try mixing a small amount of your favorite oil and wetting your edges before applying. One of my favorites mix is Kinky Curly Custard Gel with a dime size amount of grapeseed oil.

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About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

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