A Curly Hair Guide for the Outdoors

Natural hair needs protection from the elements in order to thrive. When you venture outdoors for activities such as hiking or running in temperate weather or snow sports during the winter, it is important to factor in the unique needs of coily or curly hair. Find out how to protect your tresses from environmental damage with satin-lined Beautifully Warm outerwear for every season. 

Why Protect Curly Hair While Outside

Environmental conditions in every season can stress out hair and cause damage. Naturally curly and coily hair is more fragile than hair with straight or wavy textures. Curly strands have fewer cuticle layers to protect against dryness and friction. Curls can benefit from additional protection outdoors year-round for optimal hair health.

Sun exposure poses a risk of damage due to heat during the warmer months and ultraviolet light all year round. During the winter, cold temperatures outdoors and heated air indoors conspire to draw vital moisture out of curls. Protective hats are the best way to protect curly hair outdoors. 

While most hats protect hair from exterior conditions, a satin lining on the interior makes a big difference for curly hair. Rough or static-prone materials such as knits can snag curly and coily strands and cause damage. When you plan to engage in activities outdoors, a lined winter hat or Culture Cap for warmer weather can provide both external and internal protection.

Hair Protection for Outdoor Activities

Year-round outdoor activities such as hiking, jogging, running and walking call for everyday hair protection. A wide variety of hats are available, but satin-lined styles are the best headgear for curly hair. Participants in summer or winter sports may have even more of a need to protect hair from exposure and unnecessary manipulation due to movement.

Several aspects of hair protection are important when spending time outside. External protection shields strands from sun, wind and variable temperatures. The satin lining inside winter hats and Culture Caps by Beautifully Warm prevents friction from damaging new growth and preserves the condition of strands.

Depending on how you style hair, a hat can protect the scalp, length or even the ends of hair. Look for one-size-fits-all hats for adults that can stretch to accommodate hair. Winter hats should feature flexible knits. Culture Caps have a patented scrunchie design for wearing hair up in a ponytail or half-up while outdoors.

How Environmental Damage Affects Curly Hair

Curly and coily hair are prone to dryness which can lead to frizz and the formation of tangles due to friction. When hair is exposed to direct sunlight, extreme temperatures or wind, hair may dry out even more and become even more likely to form single strand knots or multi-strand tangles. 

Initial exposure to outdoor conditions can mess up hairstyles. Repeated exposure to environmental damage leads to breakage and limits length retention. Split ends can form and cause damage to spread up the hair shaft and damage entire strands. Rather than risking damage, you should wear a hat that provides external and internal protection during time spent outdoors.

Wearing a hat during outdoor activities is the best way to limit the extent to which hair is exposed to environmental stress. A satin-lined winter cap or Culture Cap is the best way to ensure that damage does not take place underneath the cap. Ordinary knitted winter caps and unlined baseball caps can damage curly hair even while blocking sun, weather and wind.

Hair Care During Outdoor Adventures

While you are spending time in nature, the last thing you should have to worry about is your hair. Many outdoor activity aficionados and athletes prefer to wear hair in protective styles such as braids, buns or twists. A hat that can accommodate your chosen style is important; otherwise, you will be less likely to wear hair protection for prolonged periods of time. 

If you get exercise by walking or hiking during the day and have plans for the evening, preserving your style could be an important concern. A satin-lined hat designed for the season is the best way to protect hair without smushing styles. Winter hats that can stretch and Culture Caps with built-in scrunchies that leave your crown free are the best choices for maintaining the look and condition of curly hair.

Some outdoor pastimes pose particular challenges to curly and coily hair. Intense activity that causes you to sweat or time spent outdoors during rain or snow can make hair frizzy and even more susceptible to damage. A hat that shields your hair, such as a satin-lined winter hat, is the best option. You can also pair hats with garments such as seasonal outerwear with a hood for more complete protection from humidity and precipitation.

The Best Curly Hair Outerwear

The best outerwear for curly and coily hair has a silk lining. For years, hair care experts have recommended silk caps for these hair textures. Rather than layering a winter hat or a conventional baseball cap over a silk cap, a hat with a built-in lined layer allows for greater comfort without any shifting or slipping. 

A silk-lined winter hat provides warmth while shielding edges and lengths from damage. A Culture Cap with silk lining protects edges and keeps the crown open. Conventional baseball caps can press down on styles as unlined interiors create friction on strands. 

People who have curls or coils and wear lined caps are usually pleased with how their hair looks afterward. A satin lining allows for comfortable, damage-free wear during any outdoor activity. Your gear setup is not complete without the right type of satin-lined hat for the season.

Beautifully Warm specializes in making hats for curly hair suitable to wear in every season. A line of winter hats for adults and Curly Tots provide protection and warmth during winter excursions. Culture Caps provide sun protection while keeping the crown free. Choose from a full selection of satin-lined hats to protect your hair from exposure and manipulation for healthier hair, improved length retention, and longer-lasting styles.

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