Protecting your hair from the sun - Love Island inspo

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As the Love Island mania goes on a lot of comments have been made about the hair of Black women in the show. Just as we made remarks about last year’s contestant Samira, there have been a few comments about dryness of Amber’s mane. Now the lady is drop dead gorgeous without a hair out of place but when you are out in the scorching heat it is natural that your hair will start to feel the brunt. So how do you look after afro hair in the hot weather. We decided to ask the experts.

Abbey Osho - Owner of Salon ABV

Protection is better than cure

It is essential to protect your hair from dehydration and keep it moisturised. As always excessive exposure to direct sun will dry out the hair which causes breakage. The sun is a good source of Vitamin D which is required for hair growth but could also dry out the hair.

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Hydration is essential

Keep your hair hydrated with a good quality leave-in conditional that contains high level of water content and spray water on your hair. Make sure you cover your hair with a hat or scarf and always protect the ends of your hair. Make sure you use sun screen protector for your hair ( shea butter is a nature sun screen protector).

Stefan Bertin - Celebrity Hair Stylist & Shea Moisture Ambassador

Deep Condition More Often

Where most people deep condition their hair once every two weeks or so, during the summer months I would say to up the ante a bit and go for once a week. For coarser hair, I’d recommend Shea Moisture's Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque but for something a bit lighter for looser curls, try Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Masque.

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Keep Moist! 

If you’re out in the elements all day the sun will suck the moisture out of your hair. Try moisturising your hair halfway through the day with a spritz of Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Leave-In Conditioner to keep on top of that moisture loss.

Wet and/or Condition Before Swimming 

Chlorine can wreck your hair, especially if it’s colour treated. Protect your hair before swimming by wetting it with non-chlorinated water and applying a little conditioner. I’d recommend Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Créme Rinse Conditioner.

Drink More Water 

Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water!