Natural Hair in the Summer Air: My Favorite Oils for the Change of Weather1:12 PM
Over the weekend, I took a quick out of town trip and one of my natural besties mentioned how she was super frustrated with how her hair has been responding to the change of weather. Going from super humid, to dry, back to humid makes it tough to keep the same routine through the season. I wanted to share my list of oils and which weather condition (ranging from humid to dry) that I find the best results. I am not a fan of store-bought products, so these are my summer secrets to manageable hair.
1. Olive Oil
This is the oil I use to seal when the heat index is pushing the 100 mark. Olive oil has a heavy density and does a great job with sealing your hair follicles and adding weight to hair - which is ideal when moisture is trying it's hardest to lift it up. When twisting my hair at night, I spray with a super small amount of water (takes longer to dry when it's humid) and seal each section with generous amount of olive oil.
2. Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food
I found this in a West African grocery store and love it, 100% natural! It's a mix of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Neen Oil and a small amount of waxes. I like use it all around my edges before putting on my silk scarf for the night. It has really helped with growth and keeping my edges laying flat when it's time to step outside.
3. Whipped Unrefined African Shea Butter
Now this is the real reason I went to the West African grocery store - I love the whipped texture, and how easy it is to spread through your strands. While oily, it doesn't have the coating power of olive oil - so I only use when the humidity has let up a bit.
4. Long Hair Don't Care Grow Oil
This instagram find has changed the life of my edges. Sometimes when my hair feels hydrated enough, I only use this oils on my scalp and edges before twisting it down for the night. Spots where I started to see thinning have full grown back since using this. And I love the peppermint, lavender and rosemary oil smell on my hair.
5. Grapeseed Oil
This is my "no oil" oil. It is so light that it really just provides a sheen for my twists outs - rather then giving a deep feeling condition. I love using this once the air starts to crisp up for Fall. It leaves my hair light enough to bounce around without getting dry from the light breeze. Perfect to mix with shea butter on days when your hair feels in need of a bit more sealing.
"[God] changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things...I give thanks and praise for you have given me wisdom and might" Daniel 2: 21,22a,23a ESV