The bees are buzzing, flowers are blossoming, weather is slowly heating up, and the days are getting longer (finally)! Springtime is upon us, that means you may need to make a few small tweaks to your hair regimen.
Here are 5 tips to keep your hair in tip top shape from winter to spring.
- Get a trim
I know many black women still overlook the importance of a trim but if you’ve haven’t had one in the last year or even since last winter, now is the time to get one. I get them twice a year to keep my hair healthy and spring is a great time of year to get one and start the season off right. Even curlies with the best intentions sometimes use more heat--by way of diffusing--in the colder weather, so your ends could actually be damaged. If, like me, you are trying to grow your hair long, so it is important to make sure your split ends don’t get too out of control since they can travel further up the hair length and cause breakage.
Here's a picture of my recent cut/trim. Shout out to my girl @devatam (IG) who always takes care of my trims.
- Continue to deep condition
With winter’s dry air, it was super important to deep condition regularly (seriously, like every wash day). Although the air is not as dry anymore, you still should continue this step as the year goes on. Springtime weather usually means more time spent outside to run the risk of the drying exposure of sun and wind.
Our hair needs moisture as well as protein because our hair is made up of a very hard protein called Keratin. Too often that keratin gets broken down by our manipulation, chemical processes like color or relaxing and the environment. Try adding protein to your deep conditioning sessions once or twice a month to see how your hair reacts to it. I try and do one every couple of weeks but by the end of the year, I often forget.
Spring is a great time to get back on track with those treatments because many of us were concentrating so hard on keeping our hair moisturized this past winter we may have forgotten the importance of protein. Try our Kokum Butter DC which contains hydrolyzed protein to help balance your hair between moisture and strength.
3. Extra frizz control
Humidity will be returning to the air in the springtime, which sometimes leads to even more frizz. You may find adding a frizz control product to your regimen to be very beneficial if you are extremely frizz prone.
Since the weather will become really humid and our hair will be prone to frizz; we can minimize it with Curl Revitalizer Spray when doing a braid/twist outs and/or wash-and-go’s.
You may also be coaxed into wearing a protective style such as mini twists or braids or Havana/Marley twists. You can enjoy your hair out on some days and protect your hair on other days as a way to retain length. (If trying braids remember to let hair rest in between applications!)
- Lighten the load
Since the air is not as dry, switch out those heavy butters and oils for a lighter lotion and cream. While they may have worked well at keeping hair moisturized in lower temperatures, chances are they are weighing your wavy curly hair down now.
Now, it’s time to get back to lighter moisturizers with glycerin or purchase your own glycerin at any beauty supply store and do a DIY with water. In addition, use light oils such as almond, coconut or jojoba oil to seal in the moisture rather than thick oils. My favorite is the Stimulating Growth Oil.
- Clarify Your Spring Hair
I also love preparing my hair for the warmer months by getting rid of all the gunk I’ve been putting in my hair to protect it over the winter. Heavier creams and oils can cause build up and if you’ve noticed a dullness to your strands a great clarifying rinse will do the trick and get your hair ready for spring.
One of the easiest detox hair recipes to use is an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. Apple Cider Vinegar has a pH of about 3. Wet hair has a pH of 4.5-5.5. If you add an acidic rinse like apple cider vinegar to the hair, it will further reduce the pH of your hair strands. Making your hair slightly more acidic will close the cuticles of the hair, making the layers lay down flat. If your hair tends to get fuzzy and tangled, or loses its luster over time, test out an apple cider vinegar rinse, followed by a thorough conditioning and detangling session.
Which product do you put away when winter's over?