April showers bring may flowers, but they can also bring endless frizzy, poofy hair days for us curly, coily and wavy gals! You don't have to fear the humidity this spring. You can keep your curls and styles defined and let your curls come out to play with no-frizz instead! Take a look at these spring hair care tips for healthy beautiful curls from March to May.
1. Get a Trim
Start off the season by getting a trim if you haven't had one in a while. If you notice that your ends are looking stringy or damaged from those winter months, then they need to go. There's no way to repair damaged hair, and keeping damaged ends can cause more damage which means MORE frizz!
2. Low Poo, No Poo or Co-Wash
You want to get rid of the frizz, not the moisture. Harsh detergents in shampoos and over-washing your hair cause dryness and lead to frizz. Your hair needs moisture to help stop frizz. “It's the natural inclination of the little strands of your hair to literally lift up off your head and outward to quench their thirst from moisture in the air.
These lifted hair fibers create a poof of frizz,” says Lorraine Massey in her book "Curly Girl: The NEW Handbook." To maintain your hair's natural oils, give your hair a fresh start with a gentle moisturizing shampoo, a cleansing cream or a conditioner.
Deep conditioning, conditioning and using a leave-in conditioner are a must for restoring moisture to your hair to combat frizz so that your curly hairstyle will not unravel in the humidity.
4. Sealers and Frizz Controlling Stylers
Frizz occurs when humid air penetrates the hair shaft causing it to swell. The secret is to use sealers and frizz controlling stylers that lock in existing moisture and repel excess moisture in the air.
5. Put the Flat Iron Away
The intense direct heat of blowdrying and flat ironing will undo the work you have done to hydrate your curls and keep away frizz.
If you have time, let your hair dry in braids or twists or use a diffuser to at least dry your hair partially, instead of letting your hair air dry completely. This will allow your curly hairstyle to set before it gets disturbed by the weather or your hands.
6. Second Day Spring Refreshers
To maintain moisture in the fight against frizz, you will need a way to refresh your curly, coily, or wavy hairstyle without having to start over with a fresh wash or co-wash everyday.
Look for frizz-taming, style-preserving products to revive your curls, twirls, twist-outs, or waves.
7. Work with the Weather
If you can enjoy your hair when its bigger, curlier, or shrinking in the showers and humidity, then spring is a good time to just let it be. Remember, your curls love moisture. As long as you take care of it from start to finish, your curls should thrive beautifully, even in the humidity and rain!
Low Poo, No Poo or Co Wash
Sealers and Frizz Controlling Stylers
Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine (sealer)
Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade (sealer)
Second Day Spring Refreshers