Springtime Haircare Tips
Last updated on : April 18 2017
Your hair is not called your ‘Crowning Glory’ for nothing! A lustrous mane can indeed transform your look and polish any outfit. But to keep those tresses glowing and healthy, a bit of care is necessary. While you should take good care of your hair at any given time, come spring it becomes even more important.
The sunny weather does lift spirits, but your hair has endured months of winter and is transitioning into another season, and you need to get it ready to brave the humidity and climate changes. The best way to prepare your crown for the changes in weather begins with everything from what you eat to the types of products and styles you wear. In this article we share details on how to provide the best care for your hair this spring.
What hair care products should I use in the spring?
Determining the best hair care products for your hair begins with understanding your hair’s texture and natural state. What hair care products should I use in the spring is perhaps a question that every woman has pondered over. With the advertisements constantly making us feel that there is an even better product out there it can be hard to find the best products to use. If you have been doubting your choice of shampoo, here are some tips and details that can help.
First, you need to choose hair products based on your hair type and texture rather than go by recommendations from people whose hair may not be the same as yours. Here’s a guide:
Dry, coarse hair
Ladies with this type of hair should go for a shampoo that hydrates the tresses, so look for creamy, moisturizing products. Look for ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, grapeseed oil, etc. that will trap the water inside your hair by forming a coat on the hair shaft.
Deep conditioners with essential oils and fatty alcohols are the best types for hydrating dry hair and getting them smooth and well-moisturized.
Oily and fine hair
Stay away from shampoos that have moisturizing or deep conditioning properties, or else you may aggravate the issue, particularly during springtime. Instead, go for one specifically designed for oily or fine hair. Clarifying and clear shampoos with ingredients like wheat protein are the best to remove excess oil from the scalp and hair. For women with fine hair, a volumizing shampoo is the best choice to make hair look fuller and bouncier.
Similarly, choose lightweight conditioners and use the right amount to avoid making your hair feel greasy. A leave-in-conditioner is a good alternative to keep your tresses hydrated and fresh.
Those with curly hair often have problems with managing their tresses, and the humidity in spring and summer can give ladies a harrowing time. Most curly hair is thick and dry, so go for a rich shampoo with natural ingredients like shea butter. Remember that harsh chemicals can make your hair drier, so avoid products where you see chemicals listed as ingredients.
Conditioners that have proteins and silicone work best on thick and curly tresses. For frizz control, choose products with smoothing, moisturizing ingredients like wheat protein and soy.
Coloring your mane can cost a small fortune, and you would not want it to fade sooner than it absolutely has to. Color-preserving shampoos with fewer chemicals are the safest bet. This will also keep the hair well hydrated and shiny.
For a conditioner, always pick one meant specifically for color-treated hair. Usually, such products contain sunscreen-like UV filters that protect the hair and make the color stay on for longer.
It is no secret that strong chemicals can do a lot of damage to your mane, so avoid products that contain sulphate, ammonium, and sulphur. Read the labels on shampoo and conditioner bottles thoroughly to ensure you are choosing a healthy option.
Frizzy hair iss a common problem in humid weather conditions, but refrain from using heating products like a flat iron as these can damage the hair. Instead, go for hair mousse or gels that have polymers or copolymers—ingredients that coat your hair to fight the frizz.
What is co-washing and can it help?
Chances are that you have already heard of this trend. The co-washing process means conditioner-only washing, which is not using shampoo and cleaning hair only with conditioner.
This method retains your scalp’s natural oils more as compared to using a shampoo, making this a good option for those with dry, thick, or curly hair. But if your hair type is oily or you have scalp problems, co-washing is not meant for you. It is best to go by your hair texture, and have the occasional wash using a gentle shampoo to clean scalp and hair if you plan to co-wash regularly.
Things to Remember for Healthy Springtime Hair
Check out these additional handy tips to keep your mane healthy and good looking this season:
Do not shampoo your hair every day, as this can strip the hair dry of natural oils. Instead, use a natural bristle brush and brush your hair well daily. This will distribute the oils from the roots to the ends of your hair and keep your scalp less oily.
Comb out your tresses before taking a shower. This will reduce hair breakage. However, be gentle while untangling and use only tepid temperature water to wash your hair. Hot water can leave your hair dry and of faded color.
Go for a trim as this is the best way to get rid of dry and split ends. This will leave your hair healthier and also make it easier to care for.
Try sponge rollers to curl your hair instead of inflicting heat on it and causing damage. Just put on sponge rollers before going to bed and let this old-fashioned way give you lovely curls in the morning minus any hair damage.
Condition your hair before a swim. Spring weather is for outdoors and water fun, but swimming pool chemicals can wreak havoc on your mane. Coat it with conditioner to prevent chlorine from stepping into the hair strands and enjoy laps in the pool without any worries!
Diet Tips for Healthy Tresses
As you may already know, a healthy head of hair is not only the result of good cleaning products. You also need to complement your hair care routine with the right diet. So here are a few foods that you should add to your meals to keep your mane healthy, strong, and beautiful:
Yummy and easy to cook with, sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene. This is a nutrient that gets converted in Vitamin A into your body, which in turn helps your scalp stay hydrated and healthy. In fact, the lack of this Vitamin A can make your skin dry and cause dandruff, so start adding more beta-carotene into your regular diet.
Hair-healthy foods do not have to taste bad; and walnuts are one such example. High in protein, biotin, copper, and Vitamin E omega-3 fatty acids, these nuts have immense nourishing properties for your hair. It also keeps your mane protected from harmful sun rays. Other nuts also contain minerals and vitamins that are good for the hair, so if you are not a fan of walnuts you can munch on cashews, pecans, or Brazil nuts.
Packed with biotin and zinc, lentils are also an excellent source of protein—all important ingredients to keep the hair strong and healthy. Lentils will also help your hair grow well, so start adding these to your soups, salads, or other dishes. These are also a great option for vegetarians and vegans who cannot get protein from meat sources, seafood, or dairy products.
Omega-3 fatty acids
The human body needs omega-3 fatty acids through diet as the body cannot produce these, and these oils work wonders in keeping your hair and scalp well hydrated. The best sources are oily fish like salmon, mackerel, trout, and sardines, which is good news for seafood lovers. Plant sources of these fatty acids include walnuts, avocado, and pumpkin seeds, so there is no reason not to add these super-healthy omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.
We love healthy foods that are yummy! Among the many health benefits of dark chocolate is also enriching properties for your hair. It contains antioxidants, iron, protein, and B-vitamins, all of which work fabulous for your tresses. However, remember to choose the high-cocoa variety and eat only in moderation.
You are what you eat and this includes what you drink. Natural, organic and nutrient dense juices will not only bolster your general well being but will add enrichment to your hair. Cold pressed juices are a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants perfect for luxurious hair if taken as part of an overall balanced diet.
Looking good and staying healthy comes from the right combination of a balanced diet, regular exercise, and caring; and the same goes for your hair. With these tips and a healthy lifestyle, you can get that shiny, healthy mane this spring.
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