Spring has finally arrived, which means warmer days are upon us! As you know this means for a change not only in your home or with your wardrobe but also for your hair. It is critical to prepare and protect your hair from the warm weather.
The sunny weather lifts spirits, but your hair has endured months of winter. Now you need to get it ready to brave the humidity and climate changes in the transition to Spring. In this article, we share details on how to provide the best care for your hair during this season.
Spring Time means Trim Time:
The cold winter weather is finally a thing of the past and what better way to celebrate than with a much-needed trim? Split ends make your hair look dry and frizzy and, when not trimmed, can create more damage. Visit your salon for an early springtime trim to get rid of the split ends and start off fresh.
As the weather warms up, humidity becomes a problem that can leave your hair frizzy and unmanageable. Fight frizz by using an anti-frizz serum. Applying a serum to damp hair will help to seal in moisture and smoothen the cuticle. As far as styling, lighter gels, styling creams, and mousses are great stylers for the Spring season.
Detangle = Less Damage:
Detangling your hair before and after washing your hair reduces the amount of breakage you might experience if you were to only detangle it after you’ve washed it. It’s important if you want to maintain your hair's health and length.
Give the Heat a Rest:
Spring can be a great time to let your hair be more natural, with less manipulation, blowouts, and or using flatirons. Heat styling is very drying to natural hair and in combination with the drying effects of the sun, this can be a lethal combination to the health of your hair. You can dry your hair quickly with a hairdryer. However, this spring, try drying your locks naturally or with a microfiber hair wrap. This technique will prevent hair damage and breakage that commonly occurs when you try to comb your wet hair.
Condition means Caring:
This sounds pretty obvious for avoiding dry ends but it is even more critical to condition your hair in the spring so it’s strong enough to survive the summer. It is a time of the year where you can try hair masks. It nourishes and moisturizes your hair and brings it back to health.
Wash out the Chlorine & Salt Water:
For happy hair throughout the spring season, clean your hair after any pool or beach day with clarifying shampoo. As long as you clean it out, no chemicals will stand a chance. Chlorine sitting on your hair all day and baking in the sun is a surefire disaster for blondes or anyone with chemical damage. Salt water, although fabulous as a texturizer, does bleach out hair, so unless you want lightened locks, it's best to rinse ASAP.
Healthy Scalp = Healthy Hair:
Dirt, oil and styling products build up on the scalp, which can lead to buildup leaving hair looking dull. To keep your scalp healthy use a scalp scrub or brush to rid away any buildup, and wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. Healthy hair begins at the scalp, so it is essential to take optimal care of your scalp if you want gorgeous locks. That’s why when springtime rolls around, now’s the best time to focus on rejuvenating your scalp to promote healthy hair growth and luscious locks that look and feel amazing.
Feed the Hair:
Hair health truly does start from the inside out and being mindful of the foods you eat will give your hair much needed nutrients. A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and shiny. What you eat can also keep you from losing your locks. If you’re not getting certain nutrients from food, you might see the effects in your hair. Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3s, play a key role in the health of your skin, hair, and nails. You should eat some of these foods, which are rich in omega-3, every day:
- Salmon, tuna, mackerel, and other fatty fish
- Flaxseed oil, Flaxseeds, chia seeds, canola oil
- Soy beans, tofu and cruciferous
- Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts)
Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid are also important to your hair. Vegetarians and vegans often don't get enough of them.
Let the Hair Products Purge Begin:
There is no better time than now to spring clean your scalp and hair care products. A product purge gives you the chance to go through all your styling products, hair cleansing products, and serums to find which are still within their shelf life and which ones should be tossed. Here are a few signs telling you it is time to toss your products:
- Your beauty product smells bad.
- The texture of your product is reduced from what it once was.
- Your product looks funny or shows signs it has turned rancid.
- The product is long expired according to the use by date.
- There is hardly any product left in the container.
- The product no longer addresses your complaints or hair type.
Deep Clean Your Styling Tools:
Clean your styling tools thoroughly and get rid of the ones you never use. While it is a good idea to clean your styling tools regularly, especially those you use on the reg, deeply cleaning them every few weeks or every few months is always better than nothing. Here are some tips for cleaning your styling tools:
- Brushes and Combs - Use a comb or the pointed end of a hair parting tool to remove the tough-clinging hair from in-between the bristles. Once you have removed all or most of the hair, run your brush under lukewarm water as you fill the skin or a bowl with water. Add a drop of shampoo or soap to the water and let your brushes soak a bit to remove stuck-on gunk from your hair products.
- Styling Irons - Using a cleaning solution for flat irons and curling irons, or using a solution of water and rubbing alcohol, gently clean the heating surfaces of your irons, as well as the edges, outer surface, and handle. This can remove any product buildup that bakes on to your iron with each use
- Blow Dryer - Unplug the blow dryer, then unscrew or unlatch the blow dryer filter that is typically located at the opposite end of the dryer head. Use a toothbrush to remove built-up hair, dust, and flakes of dry skin that often get trapped in the filter. Cleaning the filter regularly can help improve the efficiency of your blow dryer.
- Hair Ties, Scrunchies, and Clips - Give all your styling clips and hair ties a good soaking to remove product buildup. Toss out any hair ties or scrunchies that are overstretched and on the verge of breaking.
Everything rejuvenates in the spring naturally. The warmer weather is very ideal to give your hair a reset and improve the condition of your hair, so why not take advantage and implement these simple 10 tips for Spring to amp up your hair health! Your hair has the potential to enhance your personality. That is why beauty experts encourage paying extra attention to it.