Natural Hair

How to Prepare Your Natural Hair for Spring

April 8, 2019

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 on my experiences since returning natural and what has worked best for me during this time of the year.

Clarifying Shampoos

Prepare your natural hair for spring by using Chocolate Kinks & Kurls Shampoo Bar. |

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.

Do 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.

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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.

Switch Out Your Products

Once the season changes, you want to pay attention to the type of products you use on your hair. It’s important to switch out the products you used during the Winter, such as:

  • Heavy Creams
  • Thick Oils
  • Butters

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 fix that, 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.

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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
  • Breakage
  • Loss of elasticity

Pre-Poo Treatments

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.

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Here are some benefits of pre-pooing:

  • Protects your hair from being stripped
  • Aids in detangling
  • Softens hair and provides manageability
  • Easier wash day

In my blog post on pre-pooing, I mentioned a few of my favorite products to use for this step! I love alternating between herbal oils and pre-made treatments depending on what my hair needs.

Continue to Moisturize

Moisture is needed yearround 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

Honey is a humectant that will attract moisture to your hair from the atmosphere.

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

Wash and go on natural hair.

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.

Related Post: How to Achieve a Poppin’ Wash and Go

You want to minimize as much damage as you can, so put up those heat styling tools to prepare your natural hair for Spring.

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!

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  • Reply Mary Maxine April 8, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Awesome post Maddy!

    I noticed that in the warmer months (spring/summer) my hair loves lighter products, so will definitely be switching to spray leave ins. As for everything else, I will keep my same regimen, because it typically works all year round.

    • Reply Madisen April 8, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you sis! Yes I’ll be trying out some spray leave-ins myself. They didn’t work well for me during the Winter but now they may do better for my high porosity hair. And yep that’s why I put that disclaimer at the beginning of my post lol! Thanks for commenting!

      • Reply Mary Maxine April 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm

        No problem boo!
        Thanks for this awesome post. Your blog is truly a favorite of mine!

  • Reply Marissa April 8, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Getting a trim on Friday! These were great tips!

    • Reply Mary Maxine April 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      I’m getting a trim on Wednesday! I’m so excited!

    • Reply Madisen April 8, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you sis! I need to get a fresh trim myself!

  • Reply Consy Toribio April 8, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Hey sis! I’m planning to get trim this weekend or the next – so I definitely agree with that tip & the others as well 🙂

    Thank you so much for mentioning my oil!



    • Reply Madisen April 9, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Thank you for reading sis! And no problem ♥️ Everyone needs your oil!

  • Reply Aisha April 9, 2019 at 1:26 am

    I’m going to try these tips on my daughter’s hair. I most definitely will be using lighter products on her hair and skip the heavy stuff.

    • Reply Madisen April 9, 2019 at 10:34 am

      Yes and see how that works for her! Thank you for reading and leaving a comment sis!

  • Reply LaToya Jackson April 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Great article! I didn’t think about changing up products when the seasons change! Thanks for the tips!

    • Reply Madisen April 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you for reading sis! You’re welcome!

  • Reply Teresa Lesley April 19, 2019 at 5:45 am

    New at having natural hair. Great tips, just got my trim yesterday. Great blog.

    • Reply Madisen April 19, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      That’s exciting, congratulations! Thank you for reading and I hope my blog continues to help you out on your new journey.

  • Reply Jazz April 20, 2019 at 7:05 am

    These tips are great and your post is so well written! I’ve always wanted to try humectants, but I’ll definitely see what kind of climate I live in first. The last thing I need is for the moisture in my hair to be stripped!

    • Reply Madisen April 21, 2019 at 1:32 am

      Thank you for reading sis! I appreciate that! ♥️ And yes I know that’s right!

  • Reply Semone April 25, 2020 at 5:53 am

    Great post Maddy!!!! I do clarify more often when it starts getting warmer. Prepooing has help my hair so much when it’s time to detangle. These are some great tips and I follow all these🙂

    • Reply Madisen April 27, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad pre-pooing has helped you, I always swear by that step, especially when you plan on clarifying.

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