Enjoy the Sun, but Protect Your Natural Hair!

greend ressI’m ready for the warmer days of Spring. Oooooh, I’m going back to playing tennis at least three days of week. Every time we get a chance, we’re firing up the grill and eating outside. And I’m going to be able to enjoy SO much baseball. Not to mention how ecstatic my dogs will be because they can get bathed every week because they know I go on strike as soon as the cold weather hits.

But one thing I HAVE to change this year. I will not allow the sun to damage my natural hair.

Here are the signs that I’ve noticed when my natural hair is damaged:

  • My hair color lightens.
  • The ends of my hair feel really rough and really dry.
  • My hair starts to break out at the roots when I comb through it; and sometimes it sheds when I run my hands through it.
  • I can spritz and spritz and spritz but my hair never seems to want to hold on to the moisture.

Now that you know how to figure out if your natural hair is sun damaged, here’s one trick to avoid it. WEAR A HAT. 

A hat provides the most complete protection against the sun’s damaging rays, according to dermatologist Darrell Rigel in “Fitness” magazine. Rigel suggests wearing a wide-brimmed hat when you expect to stay in the sun for more than a few hours. As an added bonus, the hat can protect your face from sun damage and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

But here’s  the “happy ending” to this story: You can wear a sun hat and look damn good! Oh, yes ma’am. And to help you get inspired on how you’re going to rock your natural hair in a sun hat, here are some gorgeous women with natural hair that have been able to pull it off. Check ’em out and get inspired.

My all-time favorite pic of a naturalista in a straw hat is one of mine from the archive.

Psssst. Let me let you in on a little secret. . Here are the sun hats I’ve added to my personal collection to protect my natural hair when I’m out in the beaming sun.

And I understand that not everyone woman with natural hair is into hat. If you’d like to wrap a headwrap on your natural hair, here are some ideas for how you can rock a headwrap on your natural hair and still keep it protected from the harmful effects of the sun.

Sun Hats I Protect My Natural Hair With

If I find something that works wonders for my natural hair, I’m all about sharing it. So, I’m going to let you in on the collection of sun hats that I’ve purchased to protect my natural hair with when I’m out and about. And as an added bonus, I’m including the links for you to purchase them as well. Hey, that’s what the Natural Hair Sisterhood is about.

Some of my hats aren’t on this list because I’m that person who sees something I fall in love with – that belongs to someone else – and uses a bunch of pretty pleases and ooooooh I’d be so happy – along with offers to pay – to get it. But if I run across sun hats that are similar to those, I’ll just update this list with those links, too.

    Cowboy Hat with a Braided Band. What can I say? I’m from Texas.

My Go-To Sun Hat that I wear on super-sunny days because of the wide brim.

Not a true fedora but it fits my head like one. This is actually a men’s hat. But I love to rock it!

Floppy Hat with a Leather Band. This is my “sophisticated” hat. LOL

THIS is the hate you will see in the majority of my Spring and Summer pics. I LOVE this Fedora!!

I picked up this hat while we were travelling last summer. It didn’t compliment my TWA as well as I like, so I’m saving it until I get my long twists this Spring. Be on the lookout for it and let me know what you think.

Let me know what you think of the collection in the Comments below. And if you’ve found some other cute sun hats, share the link below. Knowledge is power, sister.