Class is now in session, and it is time for curly-haired divas to go back to basics. Hafeezah Nazim, an editorial assistant at Nylon.com, provides a few strands of thought on protective styles to survive the heat. And, if there’s one thing we know here in South Florida, the heat is no joke.
Last September, I experienced a major turning point in my personal life. After 22 years of burning, breaking, and damaging my hair with heat tools on a daily basis, I finally found out how to properly care for and style my curls. It was a full blown metamorphosis into a life of self-love that I’d been lacking, and it empowered me to feel more comfortable in my skin than ever before.
That experience also served as the stepping stone for experimenting with even more natural hairstyles. I’ve not only learned about which products work best for my hair type, but also learned how to make the perfect ballerina bun (my lazy go-to style), honed in on my perfect conditioner-to-water ratio for my wash ‘n’ go styles, and, most importantly, have come to embrace my frizz on days when no amount of curl cream can tame it. (It happens!)
And though this winter hasn’t been too harsh on my hair (my skin? That’s a different story), I know the heat will be here soon and will effect the many hair routines that I’ve worked so hard to maintain over the last few months. And if you, like me, have curly hair, you can probably relate, too.
For people with curly hair, it’s not just summer heat that can cause problems; any time you’re in a hot and/or dry environment, it’s like taking a handful of kryptonite and hurling it full-speed at Superman. Because curly hair is always, always in need of intense moisture and hydration, heat and dry air are its major weakness. So when I got invited to attend Coachella—which, being in a desert, is basically the worst thing ever for curly hair—I was both excited and worried that I would run the risk of looking like I’d rubbed balloons all over my head.
But then I remembered the curly-haired girl’s secret weapon: protective styles.
Protective styles include things like buns, braids, and ponytails, and they do exactly what their name suggests—protect your hair from damaging agents such as sun, heat, dryness, and rigorous manipulation. And while wearing your hair in a bun all the time may not be the most exciting, there are products out there to help give your hair a little extra flair.
But, in the event that you’re not interested in any of this and want to rock your curly mane as is, more power to you. Be sure to go heavy on the deep conditioner at night, load up on water and moisturizing creams during the day, and go on with your bad AF, curly-haired self.
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