April 15th. Taxes due and a dreary, rainy, anything-but-spring-like day here in NYC. We could all use a little treat. Which is why, when our favorite hair guru, Oscar Blandi took some time to share tips and insight into spring hair, we couldn’t help but pass along his trade secrets.
During our conversation, Blandi starts with the basics. “Hair reacts to the climate or weather, so everyone's hair is different. For example, in Florida, the weather is humid, so you need the right products to contain the frizz. In high heat, a volumizing agent will make the hair go flat, so you want to avoid those as well.”
To prevent frizz and flyways, Blandi says, “be sure you're constantly moisturizing your hair. Use a conditioning mask regularly or a leave in deep conditioner on your ends before drying. Conditioning your hair throughout the spring and getting into a regimen helps to prepare your hair for the summer months.”
Other factors to consider: If you're going to be in the sun a lot for summer, use a hair cream-based protector. This helps to prevent your hair from changing color in the sun. And, if you're going to be in chlorine or salt water a lot, always be sure to rinse your hair immediately after you get out. Chlorine is the worst to keep in your hair because of the chemicals, especially for blondes.
According to Blandi, spring is the perfect time to experiment with a new look. Blandi urges women to consider styles that work with your lifestyle and the weather climate. For example, if you find yourself wearing your hair up a lot in the spring/summer because of the heat, try adding extra layers so you can pull some pieces down around your face to give it more style. If you have bangs, think about starting to grow them out throughout the spring season because with the heat of summer, bangs are very hard to keep smooth and uncomfortable sitting on the face.
But most of all, Blandi debunks a popular hair myth, urging women not to lift their color for the summer. “So many people come into the salon and say 'I want to go lighter for summer.' Don't do it. If anything, go darker because the sun will lighten your hair for you. Whether you spend a lot of time on the beach/at the pool, it happens naturally.”