Jamaican-born and -raised Imani Wilmot’s commute to the beach is a short one: “I’m literally looking out at the water right now!” she says, calling from her home just outside Kingston. “It’s about 35 steps from my front door to the ocean.” One of Jamaica’s top surfers, Wilmot also runs Surf Like a Girl, a weeklong camp for women. And since she’s in the water at least twice daily, her hair gets sun-dried and damaged. How she avoids frying it? No processing or coloring, and loading up on organic butters and oils to soften and protect hair.


Her healthy-scalp trick: “I rinse after I surf, but I usually won’t shampoo,” says Wilmot. “The more you wash, the more you strip your scalp of its natural oils.” And to prevent burns on her scalp, she applies a sunscreen stick on exposed areas. Try Sun Bum Face Stick ($10, ulta.com).

Her damaged-hair fix: “I’ll work coconut oil or a scoop of hair butter through the ends after my daily rinse. Both are great whether you have natural or relaxed hair.”

Her hair hydrators: Dr. Bronner’s Whole Kernel Virgin Coconut Oil ($12, drbronner.com); Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter ($17, carolsdaughter.com)

Her twice-weekly cleanse: “Every three days I’ll use Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner With Baobab [$6.50 each, target.com]. I shampoo my roots but condition all over; my scalp needs moisture too.”