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How to Use Oils and Butters on Natural Hair In the Summertime

Avatar • May 12, 2014

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This week was the first time in months that I was able to wear one of my favorite summer dresses with sandals. You know what that means?  Summer is finally here! With the arrival of warmer weather comes a reassessment of my hair products. At one time, a change in seasons meant that I would take out my summer hair products and put away my winter hair products, much like one might unpack dresses and shorts from storage bins. Over the last few years, however, I have simplified my hair regimen by using the same products throughout the year. It is no longer about what I use, as much as how I choose to use the product to meet the needs of my hair in varying weather.

Lighten Up Your Butters

If you have fine hair, hair butters may be something you sparingly use even during very cold, dry weather; but for those of us with thick hair, butters offer a kind of protective shield against the elements. However, using butters in the summer can pose many challenges. If too much is used it will melt, making our neck and face oily and greasy.

While I still use butters in summer to seal in moisture, I tend to use less and mix it with either a very light water based moisturizer or aloe vera. If you choose either of these methods, it may be useful to melt a small quantity of the butter of your choice, mix in the moisturizer or aloe vera then apply it to your hair. I find that this method allows me to enjoy the benefits of sealed hair without the stickiness of melted hair butter running down my back.

Oil Rinses

Pre-shampoo treatments that incorporate oils are a helpful way to limit the harmful effects of harsh cleansers. They also provide a means of helping your hair retain moisture during and after your hair wash routine. During the summer you can oil rinses in a method somewhat different from a traditional pre-poo treatment.

Oil rinses require that you either:

a) use the oil as the last step in your hair washing process, such that you coat the hair in oil and only rinse with water

or

b) coat the hair in oil before you wash your hair and rinse with only water.

By eliminating the usual step of using a cleanser, some of the oil will remain on your hair, providing it with shine and sealing in moisture. Personally, I have found that coconut oil is pretty effective as an oil to use during oil rinses. In fact, I have used coconut oil during my pre-poo treatment, washed with a cleanser and even still find that my hair is sealed with the oil after washing. My twist outs are shiny and soft and don’t require any oil after the hair dries. If you’re looking for a way to retain lightness and shine of your hair, while keeping it sealed, oil rinses are a fantastic option during the summer months.

Do you change how you use oils and butters during the summer? If so, how?

 

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Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
6 years ago

No, I don’t I’m not heavy handed when I apply products. So far, I have had no problems. I do like the suggestion of applying aloe Vera to oil. Tks

Tabatha
Tabatha
6 years ago

Ask and ye shall receive! I was just wondering about this. Ok, so my original plan will do just fine.

Tonya
Tonya
6 years ago

I change products with the cold and warm seasons. But, coconut oil usage is consistent regardless of the season.
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rileynak
rileynak
6 years ago

I use grapeseed oil in the summer and castor oil in the winter. Never used butters.

Divachyk
6 years ago

I pretty much stay away from butters but will still seal with oil.

Brittany.L
6 years ago

I love me an oil rinse, I’ve been rinsing with jojoba oil lately but then I had to chill because you know jojoba is expensive lol so I’ll be doing it with jojoba oil maybe once very 2 months.

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Dananana
Dananana
6 years ago

I stopped using shea/cocoa butters for anything beyond twisting because I realized they were too heavy for regular use in my fine hair (especially in warmer months). I was getting build up and having trouble keeping my hair moisturized. Replacing them with pure lanolin has been a godsend, as I love humectants and big hair, and lanolin doesn’t melt all over and turn me into an oil slick 🙂

As it’s gotten warmer, I also find that I just use less oils and more of my leave in. Additionally, the tip about mixing aloe vera gel with the oil before applying = gold.

Gregg
Gregg
6 years ago

I am totally annoyed to see a great deal of our black women wearing obvious hair hats. I find it to be a product of what white America depicts as being beautiful and I see more acid sisters betraying what they were born with. Natural beauty really turns my head …stay real sisters..,Peace

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