March 20, marks the official first day of Spring and for those of us who dread snow and cold air, the 20th will be a great, well received day. While weather in the area has been quite calm, the effect of winter can still be observed. If your hair is lifeless and dull from weeks of throwing on hat and heading out the door, I've got a few tips to help "whip your hair" back into style, just in time for Spring!
Here's a few friendly reminders for taming your locks:
- Trim when needed: It's recommended to trim your hair every 4-6 weeks but if you aren't experiencing a lot of growth, it's okay to spread your weeks out. Trimming helps maintain split ends and uneven hair growth so if your hair is growing slow, trim only the ends of your hair that looks damaged.
- Don't comb to the ends: When your hair is wet, it's at its most vulnerable state. Combing from roots to ends can help pull hair out. When detangling, comb from roots to about half way through, pause, then gently continue to the ends. The hair at the ends is the older hair so it's important to be careful when styling.
- Be cautious of heat: Flat irons, blow dryers, curlers, and so on; they all can make hair look great but they can also lead to weak, brittle hair. Healthy hair needs moisture and products that require heat dry out and thin hair. Space time out when using these products and if you really need them, make sure to use some sort of heat protector for styling.
- Scalp massages: Healthy, beautiful hair starts at the follicles. Massages will help get the blood flowing and also help loosen up any dirt and dandruff. Your follicles will open and can absorb any oils or conditioners you use to give shine and nutrients to your scalp.
- Deep condition and co-wash: Deep conditioning helps soften your roots and can really help damaged hair. A good deep conditioner will hydrate hair, prevent breakage, and even add volume. A co-wash is simply washing your hair with conditioner. It's just an extra way to help add some moisture to aid against dry, dull hair.
- Wide tooth combs and/or paddle brushes: Wide tooth combs and paddle brushes feature teeth that are fairly spaced out, giving hair room to evenly run through. They won't pull roughly at wet hair and the teeth are big enough to catch tangles without pulling them so you can gently comb it out.
- Satin and/or silk scarves and pillows: Satin and silk are extremely soft and won't soak up all the oils and moisture in hair. They don't rub as roughly as ordinary cotton scarves and can prevent you from waking up with dry, frizzy hair.
- Protective styles: Buns and ponytails never go out of style and can be worn casually or for a night out. Wearing these styles can keep you from touching in your hair and limit the times you need to apply heat.
For even shinier, healthy hair, please review the list "Best Natural Oils for Healthy Hair". These natural oils help give your hair moisture and nutrients, promote hair growth, and can lessen the amount of breakage, split ends, and dryness.