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.