While the weather outside might still seem cold and dreary, we’ve got the promise of spring right around the corner. And while warm weather is a welcome addition to our lives, for some women, it can be nerve-wracking when it comes to how they’ll transition their wardrobes, skincare and makeup routines, and of course, their hair. Whether you’ve mastered taking care of your hair or not, for over half of women, the heat and humidity of spring and summer weather can make your perfectly styled hair look frizzy and ruined within an hour of leaving the house. Whether you are part of the half whose hair succumbs to warm weather or not, keep reading to learn the hair hacks every woman needs this spring and summer.
The name of the hair game during warm weather is moisture retention – so using products that help you do that is paramount. Everyone loves for their hair to feel soft and silky, but moisture is the foundation of such texture – so invest in products like a deeply hydrating hair mask that you can use once or twice a week to seal in the moisture and keep it there.
As mentioned earlier, with hair masks and moisture retention, conditioning your hair with the right conditioner after shampooing is the cornerstone of healthy and beautiful spring and summer hair. You want a conditioner suited for your hair type (colored, heat damaged, etc.), but something deeply moisturizing is non-negotiable.
As mentioned earlier, with the masks and deep conditioning, your hair will have more products on it during the spring and summer than it likely did during fall and winter, and while it may seem counterintuitive, shampooing your hair twice during warm weather is the secret to success as far as hair’s health and appearance. The first shampoo will help eliminate the product buildup, and the second will do the real cleansing. Do this every time you shower and wash your hair.
Our hair will succumb to the humidity no matter what we do, depending on how high the humidity is each day, so setting your styles with the right products for your hair type is essential. Whether that’s hair gel for curly hair, moisturizing and nourishing gels for grey or heat-damaged hair, or anything in between, hair gels bring life back into your hair, help set your style and make sure it lasts until the end of the day.
Go Heat Free
Chances are you heard growing up to never leave the house with wet hair, especially when it’s cold outside. As you emerge from the cold of fall and winter, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the benefits of going heat free when it comes to styling your hair. While putting heat on your hair can give you an amazing blowout, embracing your natural hair texture and style liberates and helps your hair heal. If you must apply heat to your hair, make sure you’re using a heat-protecting spray every time.
Throw a Hat On
In the same way, you protect your body and facial skin with SPF in the spring and summer; your hair also needs protection from the sun. Using SPF on your delicate facial skin is the top recommendation from all dermatologists, and hairdressers agree. While you’re not likely to don a hat daily, giving your hair a break when spending large amounts of time outdoors through the use of a scarf or wide-brimmed hat is stylish and saves the health and appearance of your hair – who doesn’t want that?
Other ways to care for your hair this spring and summer will have a big impact, from applying ACV (apple cider vinegar) during your hairwashing or especially after swimming in chlorinated pools. Don’t use oils on your hair before stepping into the sun because it will dry your hair out, and consider getting a fresh cut or layers before the summer to help with regulating your body temperature and also put a fresh, flirty appearance (which is what spring and summer are all about) to your hair. Follow the above ways, and you’ll look and feel your best, no matter how hot it gets outdoors.