Tips For Surviving A Southern Summer

If you have ever met a Texan then you have probably heard about their weather woes. I speak specifically about Texas, because as a native it is really the only state I am familiar with, but I have heard that other states in the South also have a treacherous time during the summer. While summers in the South are HOT, they are also humid. Ask anyone who has survived a Southern summer and they will tell you that they can handle heat all day, but the humidity is near unbearable.

After 26 Texas summers, I think I would consider myself to be someone who is qualified to give advice on how to survive not only the heat but humidity that combine to make up summer weather in the southern states. If you are reading this and you have tips of your own to add, please share them in the comments. Especially if they pertain to frizzy hair, I am always searching for new ways to combat crazy summer hair.

Tip #1 Slather on the Sunscreen

I don’t care if it is cloudy or even if you are spending the majority of your day inside, you need to wear sunscreen. The sun is bright in down here, and nothing can spoil a beautiful summer day faster than a sunburn. Take it from someone who burns driving home from work. I have no clue what sunscreen is best for you because I am not a chemist or medical professional, but I typically use a SPF reinforced moisturizer everyday on my face and then use a sports proof sunscreen everywhere else. Don’t forget to apply under think shirt straps and on the tops of your feet. Talk about awkward tan lines!

This looks like the best present ever to me!

This looks like the best present ever to me!

Tip #2 Embrace Your Natural Hair

This tip is laden with sympathy for people who have naturally curly or frizzy hair. Southern summer weather is not your friend, and there is really no cure for wild summer hair. As I previously stated, I am always searching for a frizz remedy that will make my hair a little more manageable during high humidity months. The best thing to do is just embrace what the good lord gave you. If you have crazy hair just roll with it, and really you are in the land of high hair so most likely people will just think you’re a local.

I wear a lot of top knots in the summer...and even those are questionable.

I wear a lot of top knots in the summer…and even those are questionable.

Tip #3 Drink Lots of Water!

You should always drink a lot of water, but during the summer months when the temperature hits 100 degrees on a regular basis you definitely don’t want to get dehydrated. Having to go to the hospital for dehydration or heat stroke is a real thing in the South. I know it sounds like something we’ve made up to get out of the hot sun, but it isn’t (well I mean we use it as an excuse but it is serious y’all). Whether you are inside or out, you want to make sure you are getting  your recommended amount of water each day.

Tips #4 Take Advantage of the Shade

You would think that due to the sun and heat many southerners would walk around with parasols or umbrellas in the heat of the summer to provide shade, but that isn’t the case (at least in Texas it isn’t). Truth be told, it gets hot under umbrellas. However, trees and awnings are practically life savers from about May to August. If you are outside for an extended period of time, don’t even hesitate to take advantage of any nearby shade.

 

These horses know!

These horses know!

Tip #5 Wear Deodorant

You would think this would be a given, but it isn’t. There is nothing worse that being stuck next to someone who forgot to use deodorant in the heat of summer. You make-up will probably melt off and your hair is a lost cause, but you can at least smell relatively good.

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