Winter can really do a number on your ‘do. Between friction from fuzzy winter hats, cold, dry air and freezing temperatures, your hair might be entering spring feeling dry, brittle and frizzy.
Now is a good time to do a little spring cleaning for your hair; swap out winter products and change up your hair care routine to say goodbye to damaged winter hair and hello to silky smooth hair for summer.
Here are some tips for getting your hair spring and summer-ready.
Get a haircut
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to heal damaged strands and split ends. Instead, you’re better off heading to the salon for a trim, so you can ditch the damage and enter summer with fresh, healthy hair. You may only need to cut off an inch or two to get rid of split ends, but if your hair is largely damaged from winter, you may want to cut off a bit more and start the season with a shorter style.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Winter air is notorious for drying out hair, leaving it feeling lifeless and dull. Dehydration in the strands is also what leads to frizziness, especially when the humidity rises in summer.
In order to combat frizz and perk up your hair, make sure you’re conditioning it deeply each week. Strong conditioners can work wonders in the shower, and hair masks and deep-conditioning overnight treatments are excellent ways to infuse moisture into very dry hair.
Hydration isn’t only important right after winter ends, though. Sun, salt and heat can dry out your hair, too, so you’ll want to keep up the hydration throughout the entire season.
Swap your products
While hydration right after winter is super important, the products you used during winter to clean your hair, combat dehydration and style are probably not well-suited for summer. Your summer product line should not be heavy or cause unnecessary weight in your hair, since you’re more likely to sweat in the heat and your hair can get greasier faster.
Instead, look for new lightweight products to clarify your hair, lock in moisture and style. A dry shampoo might also help you keep your locks looking oil-free on longer days or between washes.
And, if your hair is susceptible to frizz, even after hydrating, be sure to grab a light-weight anti-frizz cream to combat unruly locks on those extra humid days.
Get sunblock and a hat
Your scalp is another thing you’ll want to be sure to take care of during spring and summer. Without adequate protection from the sun, your scalp could get badly burned (even on unsuspecting cloudy days!), leading to itchiness, flaky skin and damage.
There are tons of sunblock products designed for hair and scalps, so you’ll want to find one that works best for you. Another great option is to purchase a cute hat to wear while you’re outdoors so your scalp and your hair is mostly protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Avoid extra heat
Your hair will be subjected to enough heat this spring and summer, so avoid applying even more through the use of hot styling tools like curling irons and straighteners. Instead, let your hair air dry and use sea salt sprays and other light styling products to give your hair natural textures.
Experiment with heat-free styles, too. Braids, ponytails, buns and other styles will help you look effortlessly chic while sparing your hair from unnecessary damage.
Care for hair inside and out
During spring and summer, many people emphasize healthy living by drinking more water, eating healthier foods and taking supplements that bolster their body. Not only do these things help improve your health, but they can also improve the quality of your hair!
Products can help tame hair that has already grown, but you can help new hair look and feel even better by nourishing from the inside. Supplements like biotin or bamboo can give your hair the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong all spring and summer long.
Pay attention to long-term care
If your hair is in a state of disarray after winter, ask your stylist if there’s anything else you can do to really lock in moisture and reinvigorate frazzled locks.
And, if you decide to do color, make sure you’re implementing a new hair care routine that’s designed to protect colored hair and ensure your color and hair quality last.
With a little extra TLC, your hair will look shiny, smooth and strong through the summer months and beyond.