Hot Tips on Summer Hair From Tia's Stylist Lena Jaye
Similar to skincare routines, your skin's needs transition with the seasons. Given the drastic shift in humidity levels and more visits to the beach and pool, taking care of your mane can require a little extra effort. So, with the help of celebrity hairstylist, Lena Jaye, who also happens to slay Tia’s tresses, we’re going to share a few tips on how to keep your hair looking flawless this season.
Celebrity Hair Artist Lena Jaye
Don’t skimp on the moisture.
“Now that the weather is getting warmer, the way that we take care of our natural hair is extremely important. Especially for those with curly hair,” says Jaye. “That means even more moisture and treatments. Also, having a healthy balance of protective styles plays a major roll. Key products we should be stocking up on for the new season are masks and/or conditioning treatments,” says Jaye.
"Key products we should be stocking up on for the new season are masks and/or conditioning treatments,” says Jaye."
This is also a good time to try going heat free. Pack up the flat iron and curling iron and allow your hair to flourish in its natural state. These tools can further dry out your hair, and who wants to manage a puffy blowout while enjoying rooftop mimosas!
Protect it from UV rays.
“[Al]though we want to live a hot girl/boy summer, just like our skin, our hair also needs protection from the sun,” says Jaye. Harmful UV rays can strip the skin’s cuticle and protein layer which are essential in maintaining healthy hair.
“One of my favorite heat protectants is Shine Spray by Kim Kimble. I love this spray laminate because it speeds up the blow dry process and is perfect for any hair type. Special ingredients like Jojoba Seed Oil, add elegant shine to dull, dry hair, and most importantly it provides thermal protection.”
Stick to a routine, especially on vacation.
“I’m not sure if you’ve heard but the world is slowly getting back to normal. So, I think we can all agree that a mini vacation is much needed. I believe a majority of people have learned a little bit about natural hair care at home during the lock down, so [try to] keep those same healthy habits in mind during your vacation,” says Jaye.
"If you plan to swim, especially with salt water, be sure to condition your hair prior to swimming and gently cleanse afterwards." - Lena Jaye
“Conditioning your hair is most important at this time. If you plan to swim, especially with salt water, be sure to condition your hair prior to swimming and gently cleanse afterwards. You want to also condition once more after gently cleansing. Lastly, protect your hair at night by sleeping with a silk or satin bonnet or pillowcase.”
Follow Lena on Instagram, where she's always sharing tips, tutorials, and her latest creations.
Aisha Beau Johnson is a digital content creator, speaker, and founder of AishaBeau.com, a digital destination highlighting all things self-care for women of color. She specializes in writing about beauty, lifestyle, and wellness topics, highlighting the importance of internal and external well-being. Her podcast Re-Written is all about self-love.