Steppin' Out Magazine July 2015 - Page 8

Mobile United Proudly Announces The Leadership Mobile Class Of 2015 Transitioning Basics Tanene Jackson—Owner of Locs of Soul (, a natural hair salon and barber shop in Mobile, Al. She is also the organizer to the Mobile Natural Hair and Wellness Expo. You can be reach Tanene via Facebook... Locs of Soul and/or email... Protecting Your Strands During the Summer Months Tanene Jackson Time and time again I hear, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with my hair! It’s so hot.” Well Locs of Soul for all those that are having an “issue” with their tresses, I have a few suggestions. The summer is about soaking up the sun, enjoying ourselves, lots and lots of water fun, and ......sun! Obviously the last thing you want to worry with is hair..... Protecting the hair from the sun means coating the hair with oils and butters that will allow for moisture retention; especially at the beach and the pool. The UV rays from the sun can render havoc on your hair, alongside its loving friends sea water/salt water, chlorine, and wind. Just remember oil and water do not mix! In hair terms, this means if you coat the hair with oils or butters and contain the hair in twisted/ braided ponytails, buns, or braids this will protect your hair from extreme damage. The oil serves as a barrier so water will not be able to completely penetrate the strand. The style allows the hair to be contained, making it easier to comb out and detangle when it is time to shampoo. Remember to rinse your hair when you get out of the pool or leave the beach. This gets rid of any “excess” debris that may be on your skin and hair. If you’re one who exercises, the same rules apply. The salt from sweating crystallizes, allowing your strands to become dry and brittle. So rinse that sweat out of your hair! Make sure you are regularly shampooing and deep conditioning. Deep condition at least twice per month. The object is to keep those strands in optimum condition and MOISTURIZED. Keeping your hair protected from the environment is a little easier than you think. Frankly it is all about choices. Hairstyles are abundant and allow for creativity as well. Try a bold and daring cut that will accentuate your features and accommodate your lifestyle. Braids and twist styles (natural or extension hair) of all types, can be made short or long. “Bed hair” / wash and go” (a somewhat messy unkept look) is an option as well. Enjoy your summer without a lot of fuss. It’s all about making life simple. Stay cool, drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and protect your skin and hair, .....and enjoy your summer! D The LUV Club “Living Up to Values” for girls is a program designed to empower and encourage all girls through a variety of activities that include - crafts, games, music and special guests. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, please call 438-7075. Girls ages 7 – 18, Mondays, July 6 & 13, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Toulminville Branch Library, 601 Stanton Rd. D Games & Things Games to challenge your mind and body - Xbox, Wii, Scrabble, Monopoly and many, many, more! For more information. Mondays, July 6, 13