Now that it’s getting warmer outside and we’re saying goodbye to the crisp, dry air of winter, it may be time for you to show your hair some tender loving care!
Your hair isn’t called your ‘crowning glory’ for nothing. A lustrous mane can transform your look and perfect your outfit – so you need to make sure you’re taking care of it.
Spring is known as the season of renewal, a season to start fresh and clean out your life in various ways. This is why your hair deserves a fresh start too. The warm weather is ideal to improve the condition of your hair. You don’t have to worry about the cold winds drying your hair or stressing about all that frizz when you get out of a warm shower. It is a perfect time to nourish your hair follicles and strands and give your hair health a quick boost.
Why you should care about hair care
Hair health is a reflection of how healthy or unhealthy your life is. What you put into your body and the products you use are reflected in the health of your hair.
A genetic predisposition may affect your hair and cause harmful effects which are a little bit more difficult to prevent or manage, but healthy living may prevent adverse conditions like alopecia from occurring.
Taking care of your hair is as important as any other part of your body. While you tend to take care of other body parts, like your skin or even your nails, your hair is often the last thing you think of but it is subjected to a lot of pollution, dirt and chemicals on a daily basis.
Unhealthy hair can result in:
- Scalp problems
- Lack of hair growth
- Dirty and unhygienic hair follicles
Winter is especially damaging to your hair. The cold, dry air which makes spring the perfect time to give your hair new life.
Spring hair care tips
Regardless of your hair type, there are various things our hair has in common that are often overlooked. There are some things we all need to do in order to have healthy natural hair. Everyone should:
- drink plenty of water
- keep their stress levels low
- use quality and protective products
- limit the amount of heat they put on their hair
- keep their hair clean
But before going straight into summer (although it may feel like we’re already there), make sure you do the following to care for your hair;
Start with a little snip:
When it comes to maintaining healthy hair, we recommend regular hair trims. Split ends can cause even more damage to natural healthy hair because the split will continue to travel up the hair strand, resulting in more hair needing to be cut off.
Your hair will feel softer, healthier and thicker after a good trim – it’s always worth it (no matter the season).
Hydrate your hair:
Making sure you keep up with your water intake doesn’t only benefit your skin (and hydration levels, of course) but it is vital for the health of your hair too. Dehydration can cause your hair to become dry and brittle.
Whatever you put into your body (or don’t) will resonate in your hair.
Don’t overheat your hair:
Your hair-dryer, curler and your hair straightener can be damaging to your hair. These tools produce a lot of heat. But they may not cause intense damage if used sparingly. If you use hot tools regularly, they will damage your hair whether you use a heat protector or not.
It’s wise to opt for hairstyles that require minimal heat styling and reserve the heat styling for getting glam on a Friday night!
Otherwise, consider getting a Mycro Keratin treatment at our salon to help keep your hair nourished, straight and manageable.
Get that moisture back:
This sounds pretty obvious for avoiding dry, split ends but it is even more critical to condition your hair in the spring so it’s strong enough to survive the summer.
It’s time to invest in some extra moisture conditioner for the season. A hair masque before you swim is also a good idea (or avoiding the water completely). Chlorine can damage your hair quite badly so a hair masque will ensure your hair is moisturised enough to survive it. Consider using the Mycro Keratin Keraxir Repair Masque or the Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force, Instant Deflate and Mask available at our salon.
Don’t forget your UV protection
The sun can damage your hair just as much as it can damage your skin.
Making sure your skin is covered in SPF 30 won’t do much for your hair. Making sure you use UV protecting shampoo will aid in minimizing the sun’s effects on the health of your hair.
Let’s take a look at how to care for some specific hair types. These hair care tips can be used all year round but we’ve found that spring and summer can be really harsh on some hair types!
Many people experience a variety of issues with their hair, including breakage and dryness. If not taken care of, these problems can become so much worse as the days get hotter.
Common causes of breakage include dryness and friction from rough handling, cotton pillowcases and scarves. Excessive heat from straighteners and blow dryers weakens the hair and leads to breakage. Chemicals can also lead to weak, brittle hair that breaks easily, the biggest culprits for afro hair being relaxers and bleach-based hair dyes.
The above-mentioned tips will help with many of these issues, other ways of protecting your hair could be to use actual hairstyles that offer you more protection.
Popular protective hairstyle options include:
Pro tip: Make sure braids, cornrows or weaves are not too tight. If it hurts while your hair is being styled, ask the stylist to stop and redo it. Pain equals damage.
Did you know?
Ethnic hair, like other types, grows at about 15 cms a year but often breaks off as fast as it grows which gives it a reputation for being short and weak.
Every curl and coil is a potential point for ethnic hair to break. The curly structure of ethnic hair also means that sebum produced by the scalp can’t reach the ends of the hair, leaving them dry, brittle and vulnerable to snapping off.
To combat this, you need to make sure your hair is always moisturised. Find a reliable shampoo and use it once or twice a week (based on your schedule). The best moisturizing shampoos typically don’t have ammonium or sodium lauryl sulfates and won’t leave your hair feeling tangled, stripped or dry.
We also recommend investing in Mizani’s 25 Miracle Nourishing Oil (available at our studio) to add an extra element of moisture and shine to your hair.
Caucasian hair is known to become frizzy, dry and brittle as the days become hotter. The more brittle your hair becomes, the easier it is for it to break – creating the illusion that your hair doesn’t grow.
What to do?
- Put your hair up in loose, comfortable styles (plaits and loose ponytails/buns are your best friend)
- Wash your hair less often (every second to third day is ideal) – dry shampoo will become your best friend
- Give your hair a break from blowouts and embrace summer’s casual braids, ponytails, and buns
- Tie your hair in a loose bun before you go to sleep to avoid knots and breakage
- Avoid harsh colour treatments – rather go for a few natural highlights or balayage
The best thing about the summertime is you can wear your hair natural and play with accessories.
Pro tip: Slathering hair with a moisturizing mask is a no-brainer before a day at the beach or in the pool, but have you ever tried masking up before a workout? If you’re going to the gym, apply a mask or oil to your hair before pulling it back into a ponytail. After your workout, put on a plastic cap (a shower cap is best) and sit in the steam room. While your muscles are relaxing, your hair will get a salon-calibre conditioning treatment.
What if my hair is coloured?
While we recommend avoiding intensive colour treatments, if your hair is coloured, choose hair products that are specially made for coloured or treated hair. Try avoiding the sun, especially when it’s at its peak if you have just coloured your hair. If you need to go outside or you find yourself wanting to tan, try covering your hair with a hat or a scarf.
Just as it’s important to know the kind of methods to use and incorporate in your hair care regimen, it’s also important to know when to stop and re-assess your methods.
If something isn’t working for you, your hair will tell you either by breaking, feeling dry, or not growing new length over time. But don’t fret, if you need some advice on why your hair is struggling or why it’s looking dull/broken, we’re here. Contact us for a hair consultation and we can tell you what you may need to change and we can also offer you a much-needed treatment!