Springtime Haircare Tips - How To Prepare Your Hair For Warmer Weather
Last updated on : April 11 2018
Your hair isn't called your ‘Crowning Glory’ for nothing. A lustrous mane transforms your look and polishes any outfit.
But to keep your curls glowing and healthy, a bit of care is needed. While you should take good care of your hair at any given time, come spring, it becomes more critical.
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.
The best way to prepare your crown for the changes in weather begins with 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 as the year progresses.
What hair care products should I use in the spring?
Choosing the right hair care products is something every woman ponders. Advertisements bombard us with different choices and applications making it hard to find the best products to use.
Finding the best products begins with understanding your hair’s texture and natural state. If you doubt your choice of shampoo, here are some tips and details that can help.
First, you need to choose 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 dry hair should use a hydrating shampoo. Look for creamy, moisturizing products with ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, grapeseed oil, etc. These ingredient types 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 for hydrating dry hair and getting it smooth and well-moisturized.
Oily and fine hair
Stay away from shampoos that have moisturizing or deep conditioning properties. Otherwise, you may aggravate the issue, particularly during springtime.
Instead, go for products specially designed for your hair type.
Clarifying and clear shampoos with ingredients like wheat protein are the best to remove excess oil from the scalp and hair. Add a volumizing shampoo to make your hair look fuller and bouncier.
Choose lightweight conditioners and use the right amount to avoid making your hair feel greasy. A leave-in-conditioner is an excellent alternative to keep your curls hydrated and fresh.
Those with curly hair often have problems managing their locks, and the humidity in spring and summer can give ladies a harrowing time.
Most curly hair is thick and dry, so go for a luxurious shampoo with natural ingredients like shea butter. Remember that harsh chemicals can make your hair drier, so avoid products where you see chemical additives listed as ingredients.
Conditioners that have proteins and silicone work best on thick and curly tresses. For frizz control, choose products with soothing, moisturizing ingredients like wheat protein and soy.
Coloring your mane can cost a small fortune, so you don't want it to fade sooner than it has to. Color-preserving shampoos with fewer chemicals are the safest bet. These shampoos also keep your hair well hydrated and shiny.
For a conditioner, pick one designed for color-treated hair. Usually, these contain sunscreen-like UV filters that protect your hair and make the color stay on for longer.
It's no secret that harsh chemicals do a lot of damage to your mane, so avoid products that contain sulfate, ammonium, and sulfur. Read the labels on shampoo and conditioner bottles thoroughly to ensure you are choosing a healthy option.
Frizzy hair is a common problem in humid weather conditions.
Refrain from using heating products like a flat iron as these add further damage. 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?
The chances are that you have already heard of this trend. Co-washing is conditioner-only washing, without using shampoo. It's cleaning hair only with conditioner.
The method retains your scalp’s natural oils more compared to using shampoo. It's a good option for those with dry, thick, or curly hair.
However, if your hair type is oily or you have scalp problems, co-washing is not for you.
Regardless, keep a check on your hair texture. And have an occasional wash using a gentle shampoo to clean your 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-looking this season:
Do not shampoo your hair every day, as this can strip your hair dry of natural oils. Instead, use a natural bristle brush and brush your hair well daily. Brushing distributes the oils from the roots to the ends of your hair and keeps your scalp less oily.
Comb out your tresses before taking a shower. Combing before a shower reduces 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. Trimming leaves your hair healthier and also make it easier to care.
Try sponge rollers to curl your hair instead of heated rollers which can cause damage. Put on sponge rollers before going to bed. This old-fashioned way gives 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. Enjoy laps in the pool without any worries.
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Diet Tips for Healthy Tresses
As you may already know, a healthy head of hair needs more than good cleaning products. You need to complement your hair care routine with the right diet.
Here are a few foods to add to your meals to keep your mane healthy and beautiful:
Yummy and easy to cook with, sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene. This nutrient converts into Vitamin A in your body, which in turn helps your scalp stay hydrated and healthy.
In fact, a lack of Vitamin A can make your skin dry and cause dandruff, so start adding more beta-carotene into your regular diet.
Hair-healthy foods like walnuts are tasty treats.
High in protein, biotin, copper, and Vitamin E omega-3 fatty acids, these nuts nourish your hair. And keep 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, munch on cashews, pecans, or Brazil nuts.
Lentils contain biotin and zinc and are an excellent source of protein. All essential ingredients to keep your hair active and healthy. So start adding lentils to your soups, salads, or other dishes today.
They are also an excellent 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 them. These oils work wonders for 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 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 fabulously 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 bolster your general well being and enrich your hair.
Cold-pressed juices are an excellent 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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