Spring is finally here! I don’t know about you, but I’m happy about the change of season. I was getting tired of the cold weather here in North Carolina! With the weather change, it’s time to look at your regimen and start to prepare your natural hair for Spring.
Some things you added to your regimen during the Winter may no longer be necessary. In this post, I’m going to give you some tips on updating your regimen so your natural hair can continue to flourish!
Just a quick disclaimer: I know everyone doesn’t have to change their regimen. Everyone’s hair is different and some people may be able to use the same products year round. These tips are based off my experiences since returning natural and what has worked best for me during this time of the year.
I know some naturalistas focused more on co-washing during the colder months so they could maintain moisture longer. However, since the season has changed, it’s time to bring out the good ole’ sulfate-free shampoo.
You know what the warmer weather brings? A sweaty scalp and hair. I’m sure you’ll be more active outside whether you’re working out, swimming, or participating in any other outdoor activities. You want to ensure you have a good clarifying shampoo in your product stash to remove the sweat, dirt, and build-up from your hair and scalp.
You can also focus on detoxing your hair more often by using clay washes. If you love being a mixtress, then you can use Bentonite or Rhassoul Clay and add your choice of nourishing ingredients. Doing a clay wash will give your curls a fresh start and ensure any build-up is removed.
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Switch Your Products
As you continue to prepare your natural hair for Spring, you want to switch out the products you used during the Winter, such as:
- Heavy Creams
- Thick Oils
You want to focus on using lighter products that will still provide enough moisture for your curls. The last thing you want is your hair to feel weighed down from using heavier/thicker products.
Time for a Fresh Trim
The colder months may have wreaked havoc on your natural hair. In order to prepare your natural hair for Spring, you want to revive your curls by getting a fresh trim.
I’m sure you don’t want your styles to have frayed, thinned out ends! It’s time to get rid of any split ends and/or single strand knots you’ve been trying to hold on to.
If you have split ends that are left untreated, it can travel up your hair strands and cause more damage, which would lead to breakage and less length retention. You want your hair to continue to flourish during the Spring season.
Here are some signs to look for when it’s time for a fresh trim:
- Increase in single strand knots
- More tangles
- Dry, brittle ends
- Loss of elasticity
Now that you’ll be using shampoos more often it’s important to start pre-pooing, especially if this step isn’t already a regular part of your regimen. If you haven’t tried pre-pooing yet, I believe the best time to start is now.
Here are some benefits of pre-pooing:
- Protects your hair from being stripped
- Aids in detangling
- Softens hair and provides manageability
- Easier wash day
I love using different oils to pre-poo my hair, here are some of my favorites you can check out:
Continue to Moisturize
Moisture is needed year round for your natural hair, however, since your hair will be up against heat, chlorine, and dry air, you must ensure your hair is protected and moisturized at all times.
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Choose products that contain water as their key ingredient. These products will provide your hair with the moisture it needs. It’s also important to nourish yourself from the inside. Drink plenty of water and it’ll work wonders for the overall health of your curls.
Your body can become easily dehydrated during the warmer months, so make sure you stay hydrated and your hair AND body will thank you for it.
Be Careful With Humectants
Humectants, such as Glycerin and Honey, attract moisture from the atmosphere to your hair; This ensures your hair stays moisturized. However, you want to be careful when using humectants if you live in a dry, hot climate area.
Since there is little to no humidity in dry areas, the humectants you add to your hair can strip it of moisture and add it to the atmosphere instead. If you live in this type of climate, focus on using creamy, moisturizing products without humectants and seal in that moisture with an oil-based product.
If you live in an area that is more humid, then using humectants can become your best friend. Moisture will draw to your hair leaving it moisturized and shiny!
Avoid Using Heat
Using heat on your natural hair can already be drying enough, however, heat styling in combination with the drying effects of the sun can have a negative impact on the health of your hair. It may be harder to achieve a straightened style during the Spring months since the heat and humidity levels will be higher.
Use this time to experiment with styles that don’t require heat. One of my favorite styles for the Spring is a wash and go. You’ll have your natural curl pattern out and your styles will last longer than it would if you straightened it.
You want to minimize as much damage as you can, so put up those heat styling tools to prepare your natural hair for Spring.
Don’t Fix What’s Not Broken
Like I said in the beginning of this post, some people may be able to use the same products and regimen year round for their natural hair. If you’ve found a regimen that works well for you, then don’t change anything!
Don’t end up complicating your regimen. There’s no need to change something that is working for you and your hair.
Although the season has changed, it doesn’t mean you can start slacking on taking care of your natural hair. Even though we will have warmer, beautiful days, it’s still important to follow healthy hair care practices so you can continue to see growth.
As you continue to prepare your natural hair for Spring, have fun and keep your curls healthy and flourishing!