Summer is the season for what I call my "afro hair." Believe me, I love
summer, but summer hair takes preparation. Despite moving quite a few times in my lifetime, I never have
been able to escape the humidity. It was my three years spent in good
ol' Mississippi that taught me a few things about dealing with humidity
and my subsequent "afro hair." It takes a good cut and
proper maintenance to keep it fuss free and ready for weekends at the
lake. For me, a good spiral-wave perm tames my
kinky and wavy locks with the simple addition of a little curl lock
cream. A good, weightless hair cream or serum will do wonders for your
hair in the heat.
Whether the humidity makes your hair poof out or flatten like a
pancake, I believe the keys to great summer hair are the right cut
and deep conditioning.
If your hair is exposed to a lot of sun during the summer, make sure to
perform deep conditioning treatments on your hair all throughout the
summer. A good deep conditioner can be made with some mayonnaise and an
Simply take a small jar of mayonnaise and half of an avocado.
Mash it all up together and smooth it over your hair all the way down
to the tips. Put it all up in a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes.
If you have long hair, this treatment can be done on just the ends to keep your hair from splitting.
Deep conditioning treatments can run you anywhere from $20 to $100, but
there is no need to purchase anything more than a jar of mayo and an
avocado to keep your hair healthy in the summer sun.
With your hair at its best, the right cut will keep you from worrying
about your style so you can enjoy swimming or boating at the lake this
Here are some cuts that work especially well in the summer humidity.
Long Layers - This is a great idea if you have naturally wavy or curly
hair. Long layers can weigh your hair down, which is why you shouldn't
become a victim of afro hair in the summer humidity. Any other time of
the year, I don't recommend weighing your hair down with layers.
Pixie Cut - If you have thick, textured hair, a short and asymetrical
cut can give just the right amount of natural body. A pixie cut works
on both straight and curly hair. I had a pixie cut quite a few years
ago, way before it was ultra popular with all the celebrities, and I
absolutely loved it.
Sideswept Bangs - Bangs can be a severe source of frizz in the summer.
The combination of a sweaty forehead and humidity in the air can be
dangerous, but with a side swept bang you can simply sweep some pomade
through it and pin it behind your ear.
Shag Cut - This low maintenance cut is super cute on almost every hair
type. It won't work on really thick or really fine hair, but it is so
versatile and really makes delicate features pop. The cut will keep
strands smooth and face-framing, even after a good dip in the lake.
Textured, Chin Length Layers - If your hair is straight or slightly wavy, chin length
layers get just enough volume and movement in the humidity while looking easy and fun.