Summer Hair Care

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Summer hair care and protection is just has important as protecting your skin from the sun. I recently bought the OP swimming cap from Wal-Mart for $1.00 (great price). However, we couldn’t get it to stay on her head! Has anyone else used this cap? Did you have trouble keeping swim caps on your kids? D has a good size head, lol, and lots of hair so I’m wondering if that contributes to the swim cap sliding off and not staying in place well.
summer hair care natural hair

So, the next time we went swimming, I sprayed her hair with water, then added some SheaMoisture Hold n Shine spray, and added some SheaMoisture smoothie for some protection from the sun and pool water. I braided her hair into 3 braids and twisted each on into a bun for even further protection.

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summer hair care natural hair

So, when D goes swimming I typically spray her hair with water, then add some coconut oil  for some protection from the sun and pool water. I, also try to do some type of  quick/easy protective style with her hair if it is not already in a style. Our go to style has been 3 braids each twisted into a bun to provide that extra protection.

summer hair care natural hair

After swimming I spray her hair with a baking soda/water mix then rinsed after a few minutes. The purpose of this is to cleanse the hair without over drying it. If your kid is like mine she swims almost everyday, shampooing everyday can dry the hair out, but it needs to be cleansed of the pool water. Once I rinsed that solution out I condition, then follow up with some moisturizer. This will pretty much be our hair care procedure before and after swims this summer. What is yours?

summer hair care natural hair 

summer hair care natural hair

Baking Soda for Hair, Skin and House Cleaning

Baking soda is one of those multi-purpose ingredients that I love! It is natural, non-toxic and can be used for in a number of ways! It’s good for hair and skin, can be used for cooking, cleaning and removing odors.

Hair and Skin
Baking soda is a good, non-drying cleanser for the hair and skin. It is especially useful in the summer months to wash hair that frequently visits the pool. To cleanse the hair simply mix the baking soda with water in a spray bottle, spray the hair down with the mixture once you’re though swimming, after a few minutes rinse it out. It gets the chlorine out, without drying the hair out like frequent shampoos can. And if you are a fan of essential oils, mix a few drops of your favorite scent with the baking soda before you add it to water. This is actually what I use to bathe my children with most of the time. It gets them clean, doesn’t have any harmful additives, and doesn’t dry out their skin. My daughter is old enough to choose the essential oil scent she wants to add, for my son I usually use one of the soothing, calming ones such as Lavender or Chamomile. The essential oils also help cleanse and moisturize.

Odor Neutralizer/House Cleaner
Many of us know the trick to keeping our fridges fresh…an open box of baking soda! Why not sprinkle some on the floor before you vacuum, rather than using those carpet fresheners with added ingredients that can pose health hazards. Again, if you would like a nice scent added to it, mix a few drops of an essential oil with it. Just add a small amount, let the baking soda absorb the oil and dry out it will still be in a powder form for sprinkling on the floor. To clean the kitchen, floors, bathrooms, etc. create a mixture of baking soda, white distilled vinegar, and lemon essential oil or lemon juice. Lemons and vinegar are all-natural antibacterial and antiseptics. This is a fairly cheap and easy way to naturally clean your house and to avoid having your babies crawling on floors and bathing in tubs that have been cleaned with harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde and other cancer causing agents.

This next house cleaning tip does not relate to baking soda but I would like to share, I recently learned this one from my friend Good Health Diva. To dust and clean wood surfaces take olive oil, add some lemon and dust! That simple and all-natural!

What are some of the other ways to use these products? What do you all use to naturally clean your home with? And who else has summer hair care tips?

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