With the days getting longer and temperatures (slowly) rising, it’s finally time to start thinking about spring! And, just like your wardrobe, your strands are due for a seasonal change. Here, are some tips for seamlessly transitioning your hair care routine from winter to spring.
Start with a trim
Winter’s cold, dry air has likely taken a toll on your strands, so snipping off the dead ends is the first step to freshening up for spring. Scared of scissors? No need to fear, we’re not talking a major cut: just a trim to take off all the dry, split ends and make hair look and feel healthy.
Swap shampoos and conditioners
If you’ve been using a moisturizing shampoo and/or conditioner, consider switching to a formula for normal hair. While the former is great for wintertime, the combo of humid spring air and hydrating products may put too much moisture in your hair… which ups the potential for frizz. Ask your stylist to help determine if and when you should use moisturizing products.
Also, the sun can damage your hair just as it can damage your skin. Slathering your skin with SPF 30 won’t do much for your hair, but UV protecting shampoo will aid in minimizing the sun’s effects, especially on color-treated hair. Say “No” to unwanted highlights and dryness!
Lighten your locks
The days are sunnier, so your hair color should be too! If you typically get highlights, ask your colorist for a technique called balayage: It involves painting the color onto individual strands in a random pattern, rather than the methodical placement of traditional foil highlights. It works for all hair colors; just keep the lighter pieces no more than one to two shades lighter than the base. The goal is to create a subtle sun-kissed look, not a drastic contrast. While this does require professional application, it grows out very naturally so you won’t have to hit the salon as frequently.
Fight frizz with serums
Combat the inevitable spring (and summer) frizz with an anti-frizz serum. Apply on damp strands before blow-drying to help seal and smooth the hair cuticle. For best results, use only from mid-shaft to ends to prevent greasy-looking roots.
Hit the heat
Hot tools are invaluable for keeping strands smooth. We’re talking blow dryers and straighteners, of course, but a curling iron is also a good choice for the wavy-haired set. Rather than just air-drying or diffusing, use a curling iron to help define and set ringlets — and ward off frizzies.
Never used an anti-humidity spray? It’s a game-changer during muggy months. Mist the spray on dry hair post-styling, aiming toward the roots. You can even stash it in your purse and use as a mid- or end-of-day touch-up. Just don’t overdo it, as too much can leave a residue.
Score a rainy-day style
Prepare for April showers with an umbrella and a go-to rainy day ‘do. A braided top knot is an effortless (yet chic) option: Put hair in a ponytail, braid, then twist around itself and pin. Don’t worry about perfection — the more tousled and textured it looks, the better. If your strands are shorter, use a bobby pin to pin the front section behind your ear; it adds polish to your look, keeps hair out of your face, and takes seconds.
Hair accessories are always in style, and spring is the perfect time to try one of the floral options that are big this season. The trick to keeping your look age-appropriate is choosing accessories in colors that are simple and toned down.
Clean Out the Chlorine
It’s that time! Parties and lazy pool days are on the way, which means the harsh chemicals in chlorine pools are as well. Don’t miss out on a game of water volleyball; clean your hair afterward with clarifying shampoo and you’ll be good to go. As long as you clean it out, those chemicals won’t stand a chance.
For an extra protective step, coat your hair in conditioner before you hit the pool. The conditioner prevents your strands from absorbing as much water while deep conditioning. It’s a win both ways!
Following these easy tips will ensure that your hair is ready for all of the fun in the sun that spring and summer have to offer.