SUMMER HAIR CARE TIPS WITH STEPHANIE SEY
Its finally summer! 23 degrees plus and loving it. We loved it so much we actually decided to 'work' from Daniela's garden with cocktails and friends (so it was not really working). We both know that with summer comes swimming pools, the sea and excessive tanning. Though this all seems great we both have very delicate hair types - with Daniela's freshly peroxided hair and my afro. As soon as it gets to summer I forget I have hair that I've been nursing all year round and that requires different hair products to protect those strands.
Instead of trolling the internet about how to keep my fro bouncy, summery and moisturised I wanted to get some expert advice. After buying a number of products from Antidote Streets site I noticed they had a Trichologist who helped customers with any hair woes. What is a Trichologist you say? A trichologist specialises in the hair and scalp and are usually called upon when there is an issue with hair loss and damage that a simple trip to the salon would not be able to fix. Trichologist are very beneficial for all but especially for those with afro hair as it is one of the more delicate types of hair that is prone to breakage.
I spoke to Trichologist and Antidotes street go-to girl Stephanie Sey who offered her insight on some of the damages us natural hair girls might face over the summer. She gave me some useful insight to how the sun, sea and pool can effect my type of hair. Here is what she said:
"For many, their natural hair will be put away for the whole of the winter protecting it from the cold dry weather. Then in the summer out pops the hair to make the most of the nice weather. The key is remembering that the hair needs to be taken care of in the summer just as much as in the winter. A combination of the harsh sun, swimming (pool and sea), and relaxed hair care regimen can leave your hair in a dry and brittle state.
Chlorine from the pool causes chemical reactions in the hair, which can cause significant changes to the hair shaft. Chlorine will remove the natural oils from the hair which means the hair will become less shiny and more likely to suffer from mechanical damage (manipulation, combing etc). It will also get into the hair shaft disrupting the structural integrity of the hair meaning the hair will split more easily.
Seawater can be very therapeutic for the skin and has many healing properties; amongst other things it can reduce swelling and treat wounds. On the flipside, over-exposure to salt water can really cause issues with your natural hair. Seawater can leach out the moisture in your hair (osmosis), when the water evaporates from your hair it leaves salty deposits. This will roughen up the surface of your hair and cuticles leaving it dull and porous.
The sun- who does not love a bit of the sun and like salt water it has many therapeutic benefits. However UV rays can be damaging to the hair and they can weaken the hair structure making the hair brittle and prone to breakage. The effects of chlorine, sea water and sun are particularly important when dealing with afro hair texture because this hair texture is already dry and very brittle because of the tight curl pattern."
So there you have it! Team natural have no fear, your hair will be fine this summer as long as you look after it! A massive Thank you to Stephanie Sey and Antidote Street Team for there help with this post and I am sure we will be posting together again soon.