The Importance of Moisturizing Your Hair in the Summer

It’s summer time, and it is just as important to hydrate now as it is during more arctic months. The sizzling heat can singe your hair and zap it of its essential oils, especially if you live in a more arid climate. Let's not forget the larger amounts of perspiration, that we're blessed with during this season. Perspiration is laden with salt. Salt robs our hair and scalp of moisture, as well. This is also the time when a lot of us opt for lighter-hued tresses---whether you chose to use a permanent haircolor or lightener (bleach). Lighteners can make your hair feel more parched because they lighten the hair by dispersing, dissolving, and decolorizing the natural hair pigment or by removing color achieved from previous permanent haircolor. This can minimally or drastically lift the cuticle, causing unfavorable changes in porosity. Porosity refers to the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture---which is vital to the health of our hair. To give your hair a boost, here is a DIY intensive moisturizing masque for you to try. Your hair will thank you! 

1 ripe avocado

¼ cup Aloe Vera juice or Gel

1 tablespoon of Coconut or Babassu oil

1 teaspoon of Olive oil

Blend/mix avocado and Aloe Vera juice or gel until creamy. Pour mixture into a glass or plastic bowl. Add oils and mix thoroughly.

Usage: Shampoo with your shampoo of choice. Rinse. Add the intensive moisturizing masque, cover with a processing cap and process for 20 minutes without heat. With heat, process 10 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Optional: Apply your favorite conditioner. Rinse. Style. 

Ebony Clark-Bomani