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Curly Hair and Summer Can Get Along: The Best Natural Care Routine for Your Hair This Summer

Updated: Jun 6

Curly Hair and Summer Can Get Along: The Best Natural Care Routine for Your Hair This Summer

Summer is the most carefree time of the year. The season of outdoor fun, of trips to the beach, and long, lazy afternoons spent soaking up the sun. But for those of us with curly hair, summer can be challenging.


The combination of heat, humidity, and exposure to the elements has the potential to make summer a difficult time for curly hair. In the summer sun, your curls can quickly become frizzy, dry, and unmanageable.


However, it’s not all doom and gloom! With a few tricks and the right routines, you can keep your curls in great condition and ensure you look your best throughout the summer months. So whether you want to show off your style while discovering the Mayan coast on a trip to the Mexican Caribbean or strut your stuff on a picturesque Greek island, here are the most important things to keep in mind to keep your curls perfect this summer.

Hydration is Key

The most important thing to know about your curls is that they are super thirsty! Curly hair tends to be more naturally dry than straight hair, as the hydrating oils produced by the scalp find it harder to travel down the length of each strand, due to the curls themselves. When the temperature rises in the summer months, this can mean your hair dehydrates quickly.


As a result, hydration is key. Staying hydrated from the inside out will give your hair a base level of protection that can make all the difference, so ensure you are drinking plenty of water. Follow this up with a hydrating, sulfate-free shampoo that will clean your curls without stripping their natural oils. Natural ingredients like aloe vera, coconut milk, and argan oil are particularly effective.

Deep Condition Regularly

Weekly deep conditioning treatments penetrate your hair follicles and offer tremendous protection against the drying elements that summer brings with it. Choosing a conditioner that is rich in natural oils such as avocado, shea butter, or jojoba oil gives your hair the natural protection it needs without drying out your curls. A leave-in conditioner will lock in moisture and prevent frizz.

Protect Your Hair from the Sun

We all know that protection is better than cure, so if you can avoid some of the atmospheric damage to your hair in the first place, your curls will be in a great position. UV rays, heat, humidity, and salty water can all be harmful to your locks, so take appropriate precautions. A hat or scarf will protect your curls from direct exposure to the sun, while hair products that contain UV protection can also help.

Combat Frizz with Natural Oils

Finally, adding natural oils to your hair can be a great way to avoid frizz and flyaways. Applying a light coat of argan oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil to the ends of your hair will tame your curls a little and help deal with frizzy, unmanageable locks. You might even want to create your own DIY hair mist by combining water with essential oils and glycerin and then spraying this over your curls throughout the day.


By adapting your hair care routine over the summer you can enjoy amazing, vibrant curls even in the hottest, most humid climates. With a few tips, tricks, and extra products, your natural beauty can shine through and you can avoid the trials and tribulations of frizz or lifeless hair. This means you can pack more fun into the summer and spend time in this carefree season doing what you want and looking great, without worrying about your curls. 

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