As the temperature rises, we can kiss winter goodbye and welcome spring with open arms! This season of renewal is a great opportunity to invigorate your hair care routine.
Are you ready for some spring haircare tips?
In this blog post, join us as we explore tips on caring for your curly hair and how to switch up your regimen just in time for springtime!
Spring is the ideal time to rejuvenate your curly hair routine and prepare for warmer weather conditions. Now’s the opportunity to bid farewell to those heavy winter products that can weigh down your curls, and instead focus on lightening up!
Drawing inspiration from this vibrant new season, let’s take inspiration from the season and give our hair a fresh start too!
Changes in Weather: From Winter to Spring
In the spring, the weather changes considerably as the cold winter season comes to an end. The days are beginning to warm up.
As a result, people tend to spend more time outside appreciating the beauty of spring. The sunlight has different UV rays in spring than it does in winter. The sun is not as harsh, but the UV rays are still present.
You may not have given it much thought, but the change in weather can actually have a big impact on your hair.
For example, in spring, the humidity in the air begins to increase. If you live in an area with high humidity, you know that this can wreak havoc on your hair.
The increased moisture in the air can cause your hair to frizz and become unmanageable. If you have curly hair, you know that springtime is not the time to skimp on your hair care routine!
Do we need to change our hair care routine as a result of this weather’s transformation? Is it time for a fresh customized hair care regimen?
The answer is, YES.
What Spring Does To Your Hair
The weather has a huge impact on our hair fibers. The changes in temperature, humidity, and exposure to solar radiation alter the physical and chemical properties of hair.
In spring, there are higher levels of water molecules present in the air as a result of an increase in temperature and humidity.
Humidity is measured by the amount of water vapor in the air. The higher the water levels in the air, the higher the humidity.
Hair fibers are made up of keratin protein that can absorb water molecules from the air and this absorption may cause swelling, leading to an increase in its diameter.
Consequently, during the spring season with higher levels of humidity, our hair can appear frizzy, puffy, and unmanageable. Don’t let this overwhelm you though; there are solutions to combat the issue. We will go into further detail soon.
As the spring season approaches, frizz is a common yet pesky issue that needs to be addressed.
Sunshine and Outdoor Activities
The arrival of spring also brings modifications to our daily routine. Outside, the day is lovely; individuals are inclined to engage in more outdoor activities. This exposes your hair to solar radiation.
UV radiation from solar light is detrimental to skin and hair proteins. These radiations induce the formation of high-energy and highly reactive oxygen species inside the hair structure.
Among these species, hydroxyl radical is the main one responsible for hair damage.
As a result, more outdoor activities lead to greater photo damage, resulting in frizzy, fragile hair with split ends.
Thus, springtime is the perfect opportunity to focus on ensuring our hair is well-protected during day hours, when we are more likely to be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays.
But how can we take care of our hair during spring?
Update Your Hair Care Regimen For Spring
So, it is clear that spring weather conditions are different and winter is over. As a result, we must adapt and adjust our hair care regimens as necessary.
There are a few things you can do to change up your hair care routine for spring.
- First, focus on using products that will help protect your hair from the sun’s harmful rays.
- Second, use lighter products that will not weigh your hair down.
- Third, focus on hydration and moisture.
- Fourth, use products that will help control frizz.
Best Hair Care Products to Use in the Spring For Every Hair Type
Here are some of the best hair care products to use in the spring for every hair type:
Wavy, Curly, Coily Hair
This spring, opt for a sulfate-free shampoo to cleanse your curls without stripping away their natural oils. Be sure to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner that will moisturize and detangle your hair.
For the best-looking curls, go for lightweight curl cream or gel containing natural ingredients like aloe vera and proteins – they can help keep your curls healthy by moisturizing and protecting them!
To help control frizz, reach for products containing emollients like shea butter and natural oils. These ingredients will help to shield hair from the spring humidity.
For a more in-depth guide to curly hair types and product suggestions, check out my blog – Curly Hair Types: The Definitive Guide.
Dry, coarse hair
If you have dry, coarse hair that’s begging for hydration and protection from the elements, there are a few products to help you achieve spring-time perfection. Begin with a leave-in conditioner; this will restore moisture while defending your tresses against UV radiation and environmental pollution.
To combat dry, unruly hair and restore its natural luster, you need to deliver ample moisture. Enter deep conditioners: these special treatments penetrate the hair shaft to give your hair much-needed hydration.
Not only does it make your curls soft and smooth with added shine, but it helps realign the cuticles for a healthier look overall. High humidity or other weather conditions can also cause frizziness that leads to static charges on each hair fiber – which is why incorporating deep conditioning into your routine is so essential.
To keep your hair looking healthy and ready to weather any sudden climate shifts, you should use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. When choosing conditioners for spring, make sure they contain the right combination of humectant, emollient, and softeners that’ll give ample moisturizing power.
For those with extremely dry hair, you may want to add a hot oil treatment into your routine—it’s an easy way to bring back shine as well as extra moisture and softness.
Get your spring haircare wardrobe ready for whatever the weather throws at you with these top ten picks for conditioners that will keep even dry hair looking beautiful! Read – The Best Conditioner For Dry Hair: Top 10 Picks to see what products are best suited for your needs.
Fine, oily hair
If you have fine oily hair, then finding the best products to use can be a real challenge. To keep your hair healthy and balanced, opt for clarifying shampoos that are gentle yet clarifying; these will help clear away build-up from your strands without leaving them feeling dry or fragile.
Make sure to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner or deep conditioner to restore moisture.
For this reason, it’s wise to invest in a cleansing shampoo – one specifically designed to rid away any dirt or oils trapped in strands for long-lasting cleanliness.
To further freshen up hair without washing them every day, you may want to try using dry shampoos with absorbing agents like starch found within their formulas that help eradicate oiliness.
As far as styling techniques go, choose products such as lightweight mousse or gel for definition but not heaviness!
If you have colored-treated hair, then extra care is a must. Thankfully spring brings the perfect opportunity to nourish your locks with some much-needed TLC!
Search for products that contain natural oils and botanical extracts; this will help keep your mane hydrated whilst protecting it from any external damage.
To maintain your hair color, opt for a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically designed to be gentle on color-treated hair.
Additionally, avoid sulfates which may strip away the color of your hair. Most importantly, don’t forget to protect your mane from harmful UV rays with a leave-in conditioner.
The use of a leave-in conditioner is essential to fight against frizz during the spring. Leave-in treatments are especially important for individuals that spend a lot of time outdoors.
The ideal leave-in conditioner is one with a high concentration of conditioning ingredients that can be easily applied to wet or dry hair (i.e. spray leave-in conditioner).
Exposure to variations in humidity alters the surface properties of hair. This has a huge impact on curls, styling, appearance, and overall care.
The formulation should comprise natural emollients, oils, and butter. Oils having unsaturated fatty acid provide superior coating, ease of application, and a non-greasy texture.
The following oils perform better against frizz:
- Sunflower oil
- Cottonseed oil
- Canola oil
- Olive oil
- Jojoba oil
- Meadowfoam seed
However, the leave in conditioner and oils should be applied carefully. For frizzy curly hair, “Less is always more”. The fewer applications we use, the better.
The key is to apply in steps- by taking a small quantity of your product and applying it to your hair in sections, to ensure the product is evenly applied to each strand of hair.
With these spring hair care tips, you’ll be able to keep your hair looking healthy and gorgeous all season long!
More Spring Hair Care Tips
✓ Use products that contain sunscreen.
- Here are a few: Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, Kérastase Soleil Crème UV Sublime Hair Cream, Moroccanoil Protect and Prevent Spray, Davines SU Hair Milk, Sun Bum Revitalizing 3 in 1 Leave-In Conditioner Spray Detangler, OUIDAD Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream, and Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer.
✓ Wear a hat or scarf when you know you’ll be outside for a prolonged period of time.
✓ Steering clear of heated styling tools as much as possible. Whenever you can, let your hair air dry naturally.
✓ Opt for more natural options whenever possible and avoid using harsh chemicals on your hair.
✓ Nourish your body with healthy foods and plenty of water to promote hair health from the inside out.
✓ Make regular trims a priority; this helps keep split ends and dead ends at bay.
Hair Care Ingredients To Look For in Products
Humectants – avoid glycerin (if at all possible) and look for natural water-binding molecules (as mentioned above), e.g. lactic acid, proteins, PCAs, and betaine.
Emollients – look for natural emollients; oils and butter, which provide multifunctional benefits and are better options for reducing frizz and conditioning hair.
Proteins and amino acids – Strengthen your hair with proteins and amino acids, these bio-molecules are responsible for aligning cuticles which makes hair smooth. These ingredients bind water molecules to give hair exactly what it needs: not too much, not too little – just the perfect amount. To ensure healthy curls from root to tip, implement a protein treatment into your regimen periodically.
Silicones – are excellent sealants, however, they can also block the penetration of other active ingredients. Let’s stick with natural emollients because of their natural sustainable availability.
Glycerin – Under spring conditions, glycerine should be avoided. Glycerine, being highly hygroscopic, may cause stickiness.
Instead of glycerine, a range of new water-binding humectants are available today.
Among them are:
- Pyrrolidone Carboxylate (PCA)
- Lactic Acid and its Salts
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Amino Acids are preferred due to their multifunctional benefits.
As we welcome the beauty of spring, let us remember to adjust our hair care routine accordingly. After all, with warmer temperatures and heightened humidity levels come modifications in manageability that require special attention. Careful maintenance during this season is essential for optimal results!
For a less difficult day-to-day life, customizing your hair care routine is vital. When it comes to naturally curly hair this spring, picking the right products is essential! The above tips will be incredibly helpful in beginning your journey of healthy hair maintenance.
But the most crucial advice we can give you is to listen to your hair and follow its lead; let your hair be your guide! Your hair knows best! After all, it’s been with you since day one.
Pamper your locks a little extra TLC this spring and let us know how it goes in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!
Happy spring haircare!
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