Our Favorite Natural Hair Gurus Share Tips on How to Keep Curls Thriving This Summer

We went to some of our favorite online hair gurus and asked them to share some of their best tips for summer styling.

DIASPORA—As the seasons change, so do our hair needs!

The winter is all about keeping our strands hydrated, and while that's also a priority in the hotter months, there are additional changes that we can make to help our tresses flourish all summer long.

If you're looking for ways to improve your hair regimen in hot weather—we've got you covered. We went to some of our favorite online hair gurus—with various hair lengths, styles and textures—and asked them to share some of their best tips for summer styling.

Below you'll find some of their best hair advice for naturalistas rocking bouncy fros, popping cropped cuts, or luscious locs this summer.

Tolani A.V

Tolani is a popular Nigerian blogger based in Houston. Keep up with her on Instagram, and check out her extensive collection of haircare tutorials via her Youtube channel

Summer Styling Tip: "This summer I have been exfoliating my scalp every time I shampoo my hair. Just like we all know about exfoliating our face, exfoliating your scalp can do wonders for your hair! My scalp is less flaky and itchy and takes in moisture easily, which helps my hair strands grow longer and healthier."

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Natasha Lee-Duhaney

For some style inspiration, follow the Jamaican hair and fashion guru's fashion blog StylishLee.

Summer Styling Tip: "I’ve lived in a country surrounded by the Caribbean Sea all my life, so swimming at the beach has always been a part of my life. Summer days means frequent visits to the beach and pool. Whether swimming in a pool filled with chlorinated water or the salty sea, your hair is susceptible to becoming damaged. Apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair before going swimming—you'll minimize the amount of chlorine or salt water that can penetrate the hair. The conditioner will seal the hairs cuticle which in turn creates a barrier between your strands and the chlorine or salt water."

"I personally opt for moisturizing conditioners that give lots of slip, because I find that after swimming my hair doesn’t feel as parched which allows for easier detangling."

Nia Hope

Nia runs a fun and fabulous lifestyle channel where she provides valuable hair advice for 'TWA' wearers.

Summer Styling Tip: "If you have short natural hair like me, the best thing you can do is keep your styling routine simple and enjoy the luxury of having a low maintenance hairstyle! My daily styling routine only takes five minutes or less. When I have a fresh cut, I use some sweet almond oil to moisturize my hair, brush my hair down, and I'm done!"

"Now that I've grown my hair out a little, my go to style is a 'wash n go.' My perfect 'wash n go' consists of a lot of water, leave-in conditioner, and a curl enhancing product. The end result is always super defined curls!"

Chizi Duru

Chizi Duru is a New York-based, Nigerian blogger. For more from her, check out her colorful Youtube channel.

Summer Styling Tip: "Don't ever skip out on moisturizing. Include treatments in your hair regimen. And make sure you're staying hydrated. Your hair will thank you all summer '17"

Temitope Adesina

You can follow the Nigerian "natural hair enthusiast" via her very lovable Instagram page.

Summer Styling Tip: "For the summer I like to lay off the gels and use jellies or cremes, it doesn't have maximum hold but it definitely keeps your hair effortless, soft to the touch, and flowing in the summer months."

One of the things I tell people on this natural hair journey is never to compare. It's okay to have a hair crush but don't be upset if your hair doesn't come out like that persons. Whenever someone asks me if I have a hair crush I always say I am my own hair crush. In me being my own hair crush, I never have to compare my hair to someone else's . It gives me the responsibility of actually learning and loving my hair for the way it is. If my hair doesn't come out like someone else's, who cares. I'll embrace how my hair decided to come out because that's what it will do. My hair in unique and like no one else's. Once you stop comparing your hair to other "gurus" you'll actually start to form a relationship with your hair and one you start forming that relationship you and your hair will become best friends and you'll know it like the back of your hand. So stop comparing and start loving on the hair God gave you because it's not going anywhere.

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Alicia B. Gettys

Alicia consistently shares great tips with her followers on her blog, Cocoa Curls and through her Youtube Channel.

Summer Styling Tip: "Deep condition weekly for 5-6 hours, your hair with thank you for it."

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Rashida Banks

Rashida shares her natural hair journey with us via her wonderfully curated Instagram page.

Summer Styling Tip: "To keep my colored tresses shining during the summer months, I do deep conditioning hair masks once every two weeks, giving the colored portions of my hair a little more attention. Also if I know I'll be out in the sun all day I may toss on a cute wide hat to protect myself and my hair from the sun!"

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Keisha Charmaine

Keisha Charmaine is the founder of Infinity Headwraps, follow the New York-based writer and blogger on Instagram and via her website

Best Summer Styling Tip: "My number one hair tip is to stay cool by keeping your hair off of your neck and back with Infinity Headwraps. These wraps will also protect your hair from direct and intense sunlight which will prevent your hair from getting dry and brittle. You can switch your style up in so many ways wearing headwraps and stay summer fashion forward."


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Paule Mellado

The Cameroonian fashionista shares her standout looks on Instagram and on her beauty and lifestyle vlog

Best Summer Styling Tip: "For girls, with short hair like mine, I would say that thanks to gel, wel no longer need to straighten our edges in order to smooth them. Using gel also helps revive short, curly hair."

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Denny Daily

The beauty connoisseur gives us major hair inspiration. You can follow her on Instagram to keep up with her hair journey. 

Best Summer Styling Tip: "One of my favourite tips for summer haircare is to always keep it clean and fresh. I will do a wash and go almost every two days. My second tip is to use a nourishing conditioner, one that will provide you with shine and slip; I often reach for Tresemmé conditioner, I love it. My last tip is to drink lots of water, you hear it all the time but people don't do it often. I drink so much water. It hydrates your hair, your curls and adds to the overall health of your hair."

3 types of people to surround yourself with: 1. The inspired 2. The excited 3. The Grateful 💎

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Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery

The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019

1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."

Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957

Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:


31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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