Understanding Your Natural Hair Type: How It Can Help Protect Your Hair in the Summer

Understanding Your Natural Hair Type: How It Can Help Protect Your Hair in the Summer

Summer brings sunshine and fun, but it can also pose challenges for maintaining healthy natural hair. Understanding your natural hair type is crucial for developing a summer hair care routine that keeps your curls, coils, or waves protected and thriving. In this blog, we'll explore the different natural hair types and how knowing your hair type can help you protect and care for your hair during the summer months. We'll also introduce some of Nora's Hair Products to enhance your summer hair care routine.

Identifying Your Natural Hair Type

Natural hair types are generally categorized into four types: Type 1 (straight), Type 2 (wavy), Type 3 (curly), and Type 4 (coily). Since natural hair typically falls into Types 3 and 4, we'll focus on these categories and their subtypes.

Type 3: Curly Hair

  • 3A: Loose curls with a defined S-shape. Fine or thick in texture, but prone to frizz.
  • 3B: Tighter curls with more volume. Springy curls that are denser and can be coarse or fine.
  • 3C: Tight curls or corkscrews with a lot of volume. Tend to be dense and have a fine to coarse texture.

Type 4: Coily Hair

  • 4A: Soft, tightly coiled hair with a visible curl pattern. Generally dense and retains moisture well.
  • 4B: Z-shaped curls with less definition. Hair is densely packed and can shrink up to 70% of its actual length.
  • 4C: Tightest curl pattern with less definition. Hair is very dense, prone to shrinkage, and more fragile.

Summer Hair Care Tips Based on Hair Type

Type 3: Curly Hair

3A and 3B Hair

Tip: Hydration is key. Curly hair tends to lose moisture quickly, especially in the summer heat.


  • Use Nora's Moisture Leave-In Spray: Apply this product to damp hair to lock in moisture and keep your curls defined and frizz-free.
  • Protective Styles: Consider braids or twist-outs to protect your curls from sun exposure and minimize frizz.
  • Avoid Over-Washing: Wash your hair no more than twice a week to avoid stripping natural oils. Use Nora's Moisture Shampoo, which is sulfate-free, and follow up with Nora's Moisture Conditioner.

3C Hair

Tip: Manage volume and define curls with the right products and techniques.


  • Deep Conditioning: Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to keep your curls hydrated and bouncy.
  • Nora's Extra Strength Regrowth Hair Serum: Apply this serum to your scalp to nourish and promote healthy hair growth. The blend of over 30 essential oils helps keep your scalp moisturized.
  • Pineapple Method: Gather your hair into a loose, high ponytail at night to maintain your curls' shape and reduce frizz.

Type 4: Coily Hair

4A Hair

Tip: Keep your coils hydrated and minimize shrinkage.


  • LOC Method: Apply a Liquid (water or leave-in conditioner), Oil (like coconut or jojoba oil), and Cream (like a moisturizing cream) to retain moisture.
  • Nora's Moisture Leave-In Spray: Use this as part of your LOC method to ensure your coils stay hydrated and defined.
  • Protective Styles: Styles like braids, twists, or bantu knots help protect your hair from sun damage and reduce manipulation.

4B and 4C Hair

Tip: Focus on moisture retention and gentle handling to prevent breakage.


  • Hydration Routine: Use Nora's Extra Strength Regrowth Hair Serum to nourish your scalp and promote growth. Massage a few drops into your scalp regularly.
  • Stretching Techniques: Methods like banding, African threading, or twist-outs can help stretch your hair and reduce shrinkage.
  • Low Manipulation Styles: Opt for styles that require minimal daily handling, such as flat twists or cornrows, to protect your hair from breakage.

General Summer Hair Care Tips for All Types

  1. Protect from UV Rays: Wear hats or scarves when spending extended time outdoors to shield your hair from harmful UV rays.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your hair and scalp hydrated from the inside out.
  3. Rinse After Swimming: Chlorine and saltwater can be drying, so rinse your hair with fresh water after swimming and apply a leave-in conditioner.


Understanding your natural hair type is the foundation for developing an effective summer hair care routine. By tailoring your hair care practices to meet the specific needs of your curls, coils, or waves, you can keep your hair healthy, hydrated, and protected all summer long. Incorporate Nora's Moisture Leave-In Spray and Extra Strength Regrowth Hair Serum into your routine to enhance moisture retention and promote growth. Embrace your natural hair with confidence and enjoy a summer full of beautiful, healthy hair.

Visit Nora's Official Website to explore our range of products tailored for natural hair care.

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