Hair Care Tips for Hot Weather

Eyin temi,

This is one of the times where I feel uncomfortable with my hair. Dry and itchy scalp, patting my hair several times to find relief from the itch even though what I really want to do is turn my fingernails into Wolverine's metal claws and scratch that itch until I feel better, sweating and general discomfort.

And I know I'm not the only lady who experiences moments of discomfort with our hair because the weather is so hot. So I am here to help and offer you advice on how you can care for your hair in hot weather.

  • Clean your scalp and hair regularly. 

This is the time to wash your hair regularly. You can wash your hair once or twice a week. I wash my hair with a cowash mid-week and a shampoo and conditioner weekend. Washing your hair gives you relief from the heat, cleans your scalp from dirt, dust and build up while ensuring that your pores are not clogged and your scalp is clean enough to encourage growth.
I use a sulphate free shampoo to wash my hair so that it doesn't strip my hair of its natural oils and leave my hair dry. Good example of a sulphate free shampoo is the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Sulphate Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo.

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  • Avoid using heavy hair butters.

Earlier in the season, I used my Whipped Shea Butter for my hair and noticed that my scalp became very itchy and dirty quickly. I would scratch my scalp and my fingernails would be filled with grime and grease. So I stopped using it. Instead I use oils like coconut oil or a mixture of coconut and castor oil for my hair. I try to oil my hair frequently and I noticed that the itchiness and dirt have reduced drastically. I feel so much better now.

  • Deep condition your hair regularly.

The weather is hot and dry. Deep conditioning your hair will infuse it with moisture that is needed for hair growth, beautiful bouncy curls maintaining the overall health of your hair. You can use a store bought product like the Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque or use natural ingredients like honey, avocado and eggs etc. to mix your homemade deep conditioner. I deep condition my hair once a week or once in two weeks depending on how my hair feels and the protective style I have on.

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  • Protective Styles

I advise you to protect your hair strands this hot and dry season to avoid breakage. You can do low manipulation styles like twists, cornrows, high buns, roll and tuck, etc or you can braid your hair. I'll also advise that whatever style you chose, ensure it is one that will give you easy access to cleanse your scalp and oil it regularly. In January, I did crotchet braids and I was able to wash my hair and oil it as much as I wanted to. So when my scalp felt hot and uncomfortable, I quickly washed my hair and gained instant relief. 

  • Moisturize your hair

Hair gets thirsty too especially in this very hot and uncomfortable weather. You can use a good leave in conditioner like the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream or KUI Tea Tree and Cinnamon Leave-in Conditioning Mist to moisturize your hair. If you're on a budget or prefer to use homemade products, you can add water and a few drops of oil (I use coconut oil) into a spray bottle to spritz your hair. Remember, your hair needs moisture to grow and thrive.

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Bonus tip: If your scalp is itchy or you have dandruff, add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to your shampoo to wash your hair. You can also add a few drops of it to a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, etc. to massage your scalp. Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial properties that help fight/prevent itchy scalp and dandruff.
When my scalp was super itchy, I added a few drops of tea tree oil to my DIY Liquid Black Soap shampoo and use it to wash my hair. I felt good afterwards and was so happy. I learnt this from Kenny Olapade's blog post. You can check out the post too, click here.

So that's it guys. I hope you find these tips helpful.

Sharing is caring: Do you have hair care tips that help you with your hair during this hot uncomfortable season, share with me and other readers in the comments. Let's learn from each other. Thank you


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  1. Wow, yes--I needed this. I'm currently battling humidity in GA, but I know once April hits, it will be goodbye cool breeze and hello hotlanta! Thanks for these tips--any favorite, somewhat easy protective styling ideas for the beginner? Keep rockin' it girl!

    1. Babe, Nigeria is so hot right now, I can't stand the heat. Esp this February. I thought I would pass out from heatstroke. Two strand twists, cornrows, and braids are my go to easy protective styles.
      Thanks for reading and sharing your thought, Leighann.

  2. You can also spray rose water on your scalp when itching and allow to cool off. I tried it and it stopped the itching

    1. Oh okay. I should try Rose water then. Thanks for the tip and also for reading.