While summer is by far my favorite season, I hate worrying about my hair during this time of the year. The extremely high temperatures and humidity usually have my natural hair doing everything but what I need it to do which is just sit there and be cute. This summer (well pretty much since the beginning of the quarantine), box braids have been clutch! I am no professional but thanks to tutorials on YouTube, I have been able to successfully install box braids. By "successful", I mean they are not falling out. They are far from perfect so if you happen to see me in these streets in my box braids, just make sure you are social distancing––please and thank you.
Rather than torture you with pictures of my box braids, I reached out to 6 of my favorite naturalistas and got the tea on their go-to style when it's hot outside.
Angell, a blogger, photographer, educator, and business owner, said without hesitation that her go-to style for too-hot days is the top bun. "Honestly it's easy and foolproof. I don't like hair sticking to my face and humidity has a way of taking my curls to the next level in a bad way. I can go from cute, curly fro to, 'Did she stick her finger in a socket?' in less than an hour in humidity."
Follow Angell on Instagram @lifeofanangell_.
Digital creator Kia Marie shared that her go-to style to stay cute while beating the heat is definitely her signature frohawk. "It takes me less than five minutes to do and with the humidity on 100 in NY, styles just don't stand a chance. Because of this I've been focusing less on perfectly defined stretched hair, so the frohawk is great."
Kia even has a frohawk tutorial on her Instagram page so you can try it at home!
Follow Kia on Instagram @thenotoriouskia.
Lifestyle content creator and blogger Melissa Chanel said that her go-to style when it is hot and humid are mini twists. "[I] love using Cantu's new Flaxseed Smoothing Hair Wax and Flaxseed Smoothing Cream Gel when rocking this look. It's easy and can usually last me for about two weeks. Both are available at Target!"
Follow Melissa on Instagram @melissachanel.
Blogger and content creator Shiquita says that her go-to summer style would have to be some variation of the top knot. "It's the perfect way to keep my thick natural hair off of my neck when I know I'm going to be sweating. I love rocking a top knot with bangs but can't stand hair in my face. So, I prefer to rock it with 'side bangs'. It's not only a cute look but also very functional when trying to beat the summer heat."
Follow Shiquita on Instagram @unconventionalsouthernbelle.
Digital creator and mom-to-be Tiffany Laiben shared that her go-to hairstyle on a hot and humid day is definitely a sleek, slicked-back bun. "I love how it can be dressed up or dressed down. But most importantly, it's out of your way, and there's no hair touching you!"
Tiffany further expounded on her preferred protective style by sharing a brief how-to for those who might want to achieve a similar look: "I make sure to add leave-in conditioner throughout my head and detangle before slicking back into a low ponytail. I then braid or twist the ponytail hair and wrap into a tight bun. You can rock a middle part, a side part, or no part at all with it slicked back. You can also do intricate edges to add some flare to it, and voila! A super easy, chic look!"
Follow Tiffany on Instagram @tiffanylaibhen.
When it comes to her go-to hot-and-humid hairstyle, model and content creator Yvette Corinne shared that her choice is a protective style favorite: "Short, chunky 90s braids to be exact!"
Follow Yvette on Instagram @yvettecorinne.
Featured image by Instagram/@thenotoriouskia.