Ethnic Hair and Skincare Summertime Maintenance for Black Men

Welcome to NAIWBE’s Summer Edition!


Dear Brother,
As the summer sun shines brightly, it is essential for Black men to pay special attention to their hair and skincare routines. The combination of heat, humidity, and increased outdoor activities can pose unique challenges. At NAIWBE, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy, vibrant skin and hair. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the summer months with confidence and style, using MENA® Body and MENA® Facial products.


    1. Hydration is Key


      Hydration starts from within. Drinking plenty of water is crucial to keep your skin moisturized and glowing. Aim for at least eight glasses a day, more if you are active or spending extended time in the sun. Additionally, using MENA® Body Moisturizer can help lock in moisture. Formulated with natural ingredients, it ensures your skin stays hydrated and supple.



      For hair, hydration means regular conditioning. Black men’s hair tends to be more prone to dryness, and the summer heat can exacerbate this. Use MENA® 2in1 Shampoo Body Wash for a convenient and effective way to cleanse and hydrate your hair and body simultaneously. This product contains nourishing oils that maintain moisture levels and leave your hair soft and manageable.


        2. Sun Protection is Non-Negotiable


        Melanin provides a little natural protection against the sun, but it is not enough to shield against harmful UV rays completely. Use MENA® SPF50 Sunscreen for broad-spectrum protection. Don’t forget areas like the ears, neck, and scalp if you have short hair or are bald. Apply generously and reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating. For your lips, our MENA® SPF30 Lip Balm is essential to prevent sun damage and keep them moisturized.



        Protecting your hair from the sun involves both direct protection and nourishing treatments. Wearing a hat or a head wrap can shield your hair and scalp from direct sun exposure. Additionally, using the MENA® Head to Toe Rosemary Mist can help refresh and protect your hair throughout the day, providing a cooling effect and natural UV protection.


          3. Combatting Sweat and Oil


          The summer heat can lead to increased sweat and oil production, which might result in clogged pores and breakouts. Use MENA® Facial Cleanser twice a day to remove sweat, dirt, and oil without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Exfoliate once or twice a week to keep your pores clear but avoid over-exfoliating as this can irritate the skin.



          Sweat and oil can also affect your scalp, leading to itchiness and dandruff. Wash your hair regularly with the MENA® 2in1 Shampoo Body Wash to remove buildup. If you have an active lifestyle, consider co-washing (washing with conditioner) between regular shampoos to keep your hair fresh without drying it out.


            4. Nourishing From the Inside Out


            Your diet plays a significant role in the health of your skin and hair. Focus on eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts, can promote scalp health and shiny hair. Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc, are essential for maintaining healthy skin.


              5. Special Care for Beards

              Beard Care:

              Beards require specific attention during the summer. Clean your beard regularly to remove sweat and dirt. Use MENA® 2in1 Shampoo Body and MENA® Hair Conditioner to keep it soft and manageable. Applying beard oil or balm can help maintain moisture and reduce itchiness. Look for products with natural oils like argan or jojoba, which can nourish the skin underneath as well.


                6. Nighttime Routine


                A nighttime skincare routine is vital for repairing and rejuvenating your skin. After cleansing with the NAIWBE IDA Facial Cleanser, apply a hydrating serum followed by the NAIWBE Nighttime Facial Moisturizer. Products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, or peptides can support skin repair and hydration overnight.



                At night, consider protective hairstyles like braids or twists to prevent tangling and breakage. Sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase can reduce friction and retain moisture in your hair.


                Final Thoughts

                Summertime brings a unique set of challenges for maintaining ethnic hair and skin, but with the right care and products, you can keep your look fresh and healthy. At NAIWBE, we believe in the power of natural ingredients and mindful routines to support your skin and hair’s unique needs. Embrace the season with confidence, knowing you have the tools to protect and nourish your natural strength.

                Stay cool, stay hydrated, and enjoy the summer!


                With Love & Care,


                Sylvia Walker, RN, BSN, MBA, MHA, CCP



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