Summer is here at last and if you live anywhere where it is hot and humid, y’all know it’s serious. At the beginning of the month, I thought I could rock with the same products I was using earlier in the year when I was away at school and in a completely different climate. Needless to say, my hair was a hot mess. The natural part of my hair was shrunken and frizzy and the relaxed ends were limp and could not hold a curl worth a damn. So, I switched up the starting lineup and I must say, I am digging it.
1) Cleanse – One of the products that has not failed me is my beloved As I Am Coconut CoWash. I am in love with this cleanser. It is creamy, has enough slip to finger detangle with and removes product build-up (#LikeABoss) without leaving my hair feeling stripped. In my opinion this is great for year-round use. This retails for about $8.00.
2) Deep Condition – For me, this is one of the most important steps when caring for my transitioning hair. Deep treating after every wash helps to keep my hair moisturized and prevents breakage, which transitioning hair needs. The Hydration Elation deep conditioner from As I Am is the best moisturizing deep treatment that I have tried. I use this in conjunction with my Huetiful Hair Steamer and my hair is so much more manageable when I’m done. My hair is easier to comb through and style and washdays have become less of a hassle. It is also protein-free so it is great for my protein sensitive gals and can be used as a conditioner base for henna gloss treatments. This retails for about $16.00.
3) Leave-In – I know y’all are all probably tired of all these As I Am products, but they work so well for my hair! This As I Am Leave-In Conditioner is an absolute dream to work with. I rake a generous amount of this in my hair with my fingers and it helps get out any knots that I missed in the shower. It has enough slip to detangle with and it is light and moisturizing, which is great for these humid summer months. This leave-in helps prepare my hair for styling by defining my curls before I even add the gel! This retails for about $10.00.
4) Seal – After I saturate my hair with the leave-in, I spray a bit of the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir into my palms and distribute it evenly throughout my hair. This oil is light enough to use in the hot summer months while still being effective enough to seal and add shine. This retails for around $10 (but currently on sale for $7.99 at Target).
5) Style – For my transitioning hair, gel is a must. There is no way for the relaxed ends of my hair to hold a curl if gel is not all up in the situation. This Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel is the Queen Bee. Before this summer, I had not tried any Eco Styler gels because the level 10 hold had me a little shook. When I thought of strong hold gels I thought of dryness, crunch and flakiness, but boy was I wrong. This gel layered well with other products and there was no flakiness. This gel had my braid-outs and Curlformer sets poppin’ for days and my edges laid. I am now interested in trying other gels from this line.
So homies, this is how I have been keeping my curls loyal in this disrespectful humidity. What are some of your favorite sumer products?
*Disclaimer: All products were purchased with my own coins. I am not being sponsored and all opinions are my own.