When it comes to prepping your hair for the seasons, we seem to place more emphasis on the harsher seasons of winter and summer. These two extremes aren’t the only times to adjust your regimen. Spring is a much milder time in the hair life of a curly, but it still needs to be addressed. Here are 5 tips to prepare your hair for spring!
1. Evaluate Winter Care
Part of getting ready for spring is to evaluate the overall health of your hair and scalp. During the winter, most curlies are concerned with getting the right moisture for their strands. You should take the time to make sure your strands are properly moisturized and if not, get some moisture ASAP before the heat of summer comes to wreck your hair. Winter is also a time when most curlies choose to wear their hair in protective styles. Spring is a good time to take things out and let those curls breathe!
2. Prepare for Rain/Humidity
You know what they say about April showers bring May flowers? No, those showers bring a bad hair day for curlies. Rain and curls are not really the best of friends because rain can wreck your hair by flattening out curls and leaving them a frizzy mess when they dry. Another factor to be concerned with as a curly in warmer climates is that after the rain, the air will be moist and humid which really brings out the frizzy foe. Since bringing an umbrella doesn’t always work out, make sure you combat this with a step of curly prep like a humidity-fighting product. Seek out anti-humectant products to block moisture's frizz-inducing properties. A few good ones for this are options like Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel and Alex Anthony Curl System Curl Aid Humidity Fighting Gel, among others.
3. Spring Trim
Much like spring cleaning, spring trims are a great way to start off fresh. If you have been wearing your hair in a protective style all winter, it is nice to let it out and see how much length you really have. Whether looking to trim some dead ends or looking to take off a lot for a fresh start, spring is the perfect time for a trip to the hair salon.
4. Boost the Scalp
The scalp is the foundation for hair health. If your scalp is dry, irritated, inflamed, or loaded with buildup, you need to address that ASAP. With winter being packed with heavy moisturizers, dry air, and protective style galore, spring is the perfect time to evaluate your scalp health and tend to any issues. The best way to boost your scalp health at the beginning of spring is to give your scalp a deep, fortifying clean with a clarifying shampoo like CurlFriends Purify Clarifying Shampoo or Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo. After you have cleansed the scalp of any buildup, it is time to give it the gentle, moisturizing TLC it deserves. Consider the use of a scalp treatment such as ORS HAIRepair Vital Oils for Hair & Scalp or HPO Happy Scalp to really lock in the hydration and refresh your scalp.
5. Bring in the New
Spring is the best time to try something new! It’s a season all about new beginnings so why not include your hair in that fresh start? Spring is a great time to try out a new style or color. Here are a few great suggestions for spring style to help you make a fresh style start. Remember that permanent hair color, especially when lightening your color, can be a damaging process to curls so it's important to protect your hair before you color.