Spring has finally sprung! We love the return to warmer weather, but for many of us, rising temperatures and humidity levels necessitate a change to our haircare routines. Keep reading to learn more about how to update your haircare routine for spring.
10 Ways to Update Your Haircare Routine for Spring
1. Defend Against Frizz
Warmer means higher humidity and more frizz. Frizz happens when dry hair absorbs moisture from the air. So, the best defense against frizz is to ensure your hair is hydrated. Try using a lightweight leave-in conditioner after towel-drying your hair. For hair that’s especially flyaway prone, smooth a little frizz serum onto the hair before or after styling. Just be careful: too much serum can weigh hair down and make it look greasy.
2. Use Less Heat
Another way to avoid frizz is to prevent dryness in the first place by using less heat on your hair. Hot tools like curling irons and straighteners can dry out hair, leaving it parched and frizz-prone. That’s why spring and summer are one of the best times to try heatless hairstyles. You can also minimize heat damage by using a heat protectant spray before styling, or air-dry your hair.
3. Get a Trim
Start the new season fresh by visiting your hairstylist for a trim (or a new hair color!). Getting a trim will help to prevent split ends and make your hair look healthier.
4. Protect Your Hair Before Swimming
If your spring bucket list includes going for a dip, listen up. Chlorine and salt water from pools and the ocean can do a number on your hair (if your hair has ever turned green from swimming in a chlorinated pool, you already know). The easiest way to keep your hair from absorbing unwanted chemicals is to wet it with fresh water before swimming. Your hair will soak up the fresh water, keeping any salt or chlorine at bay. Then, when you’re done swimming, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner as soon as possible to protect against damage.
5. Try UV Protection
You probably already know the importance of shielding your skin from damaging UV rays, but what about your hair? Both your scalp and your hair can also suffer from damage caused by too much time in the sun. So skip the damage by wearing a hat or avoiding the sun during peak hours. You can also try using SPF products that protect the hair, like sunscreen spray or scalp sunscreen stick.
6. Change Your Shampoo Game
Higher humidity levels may also mean that your scalp produces more oil than in the winter when low humidity leaves the scalp dry. Thus, your spring haircare routine may involve shampooing your hair more often. Just make sure to use a gentle shampoo like Viviscal Thickening Shampoo. It’s paraben and sulfate-free and mild enough for everyday use.
7. Use a Lightweight Conditioner
Even if your scalp produces more oil in the spring and summer, you should still condition your hair. We recommend following every shampoo with Viviscal Strengthening Conditioner, which delivers nourishing hydration without weighing hair down.
8. Clean Your Scalp
Your spring hair care routine should also include a clarifying scalp massage. Why? Because sebum, hair products, sweat, and environmental factors can cause a buildup on the scalp that may cause irritation and even prevent hair growth. Plus, buildup weighs hair down at the roots and makes it look greasy.
The solution is to give yourself a scalp massage with your fingers or a scalp massage tool. If that doesn’t work to clear away buildup, you can also try a clarifying shampoo. But be careful: clarifying shampoos have a tendency to remove color. So if you’ve just updated your hair color for spring, proceed with caution. Ask your hairstylist which clarifying shampoo will work best for your hair color and texture.
9. Prepare for Showers
Nothing ruins a good hair day like getting caught in a rain shower. And spring is undoubtedly filled with a lot of rain. So always be prepared by bringing an umbrella when you leave the house, along with on-the-go hairstyling tools like a small brush and bobby pins. The good news is that if you finish your hairstyle with Toppik Hair Building Fibers, Fibers are actually rain-resistant! They’re perfect for completing your spring hairstyle and come in nine shades to match most hair colors.
10. Clean Out Your Haircare Products
Most people don’t consider this, but spring cleaning should also apply to beauty products. So go through your product stash and toss anything past its prime. Here are a few signs they may have gone bad:
- The product’s expiration date passed long ago
- The color or texture has changed
- The fragrance smells off
- The product has separated or looks strange
In some cases, recycling the product containers is possible if you clean them thoroughly. Check with your community recycling center about what types of containers they accept.
How do you make changes to your spring hair care routine? Let us know in the comment section below!