THE NATURAL SUMMER GUIDE – (NC) Use Sun Protection for Hair

african american hair in the summer time How To Maintain Natural Hair In The Summer

The sun can be quite damaging during the summer months.  Living here in Colorado which is a mile above sea level causes a challenge all year around with the sun.  I do find that during the summer people tend to be out and about more.  With that kind of exposure from the sun; you can potentially see or have problems. discusses this:
“When hair is exposed to 200 hours of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight, the cuticle edges begin to fuse as the cuticle “shrinks” dramatically. After 400 hours, porosity continues to increase with further cuticle damage, and after 1200 hours, the cuticle becomes rigid, brittle, and may crack, leading to even further increases in porosity. Very long hair accumulates the most UV damage at the ends. So make the most of hats, shade, and scarves to keep your hair healthy year-round. Give hair as much after-sun care as you give your skin.”

So be careful of that glorious sun!  I love it and try to be out in it as much as possible during warmer months but I’m learning about all the damages being outside can do to our fragile hair.  I picked up a big floppy straw hat from Forever 21 last week and will be out wearing it this summer.  Yea, MP and my kids looked at me funny when I came home with it but what do they know?  I’m trying to keep my mane healthy and that floppy hat will look AMAZING with a maxi dress.  Yea…I’ve got some good ideas on what to do with it!

Take care Naturals,


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  1. June 23, 2011 / 3:36 am

    Good post. I was just sitting here calculating my hours of sun exposure.

    • May 9, 2013 / 9:13 pm

      We got to get be smart about it. Thanks for sharing.

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