If you didn’t already know, I’m a New Yorker living in sunny South Florida and since living here, I’ve had to seriously change up my hair routine. Where in NYC I could get away with hot pressing my hair, I had to start using mild relaxers once I landed here. Living in a place where the beach is only minutes away, there are extra things you have to protect your hair from, such as year round humidity, constant sunsine, and salt from the ocean floating around in the air. To help out those ladies who have to combat these environmental factors all year round is Bridget Hill, the owner of the hair salon Bond Street. She’s been featured in mags such as ELLE, Marie Claire, Essence, and Real Simple. Now with her salon down here in Delray Beach Florida, she knows a thing or too when it comes to having great hair in beach/coastal environment.
Accept your natural hair texture and Learn to love it:
Open your mind to working with grows from your hair naturally, and invest time in re-educating yourself on the proper maintenance for your individual hair type and texture. Get creative and consider alternative sets and styles that work with your natural hair texture.
MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE:
Proper hydration, for every hair texture is essential. There are many options from water based to crème based leave in moisturizers for the finest hair textures to the tightest coil receive the daily hydration. Consider incorporating steam treatments into your regimen. Steam treatments also minimize the impact humidity has on the hair. Hair that has dry and brittle ends, are signs that your hair is not properly retaining moisture or is completely lacking moisture, or both.
Intense weekly treatments are Mandatory:
Because of the intense environmental exposure it is essential that the hair receive a combination of protein based and moisture based treatments that penetrate deep into the hair shaft to ensure moisture has something to adhere to. If a proper base of moisture and protein bonds does not exist, the constant moisturizing has no benefit to the overall condition of the hair
Minimize shampooing and switch to cleansing crèmes or conditioners:
Overall the average person shampoos too frequently which keeps the scalp over stimulated resulting in over production of oil, and/or stripping all of the moisture out of the hair. A good daily rinsing followed by a moisturizing conditioner is the best approach for all hair textures. Daily Cleansing crèmes are the best options for hair exposed to beach conditions; they properly cleanse the hair without stripping the needed moisture. The rule of thumb is to shampoo no more than once or twice a week.
Hide the heat styling equipment:
If you have opened your mind to embracing your natural texture, putting in the effort to nurture your hair, and developing a routine to properly style your natural hair, you will see immediate results! Utilize minimal heat styling such as air drying, which truly renders the best results for natural textures or use a diffuser attachment. Leave the heat styling to the professional, or consider weekly blow dry/flat ironing styling and maintain the style for an entire week.
Sleep on Satin Pillowcases:
The use of satin /silk pillowcases or scarves when slipping allows the cuticle to stay flat to retain and benefit from all the proper attention and care being put into the hair.
A big thank you to Bridgett for these awesome tips!
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Photo courtesy of: essence.com