I, like a lot of women, have to adjust my hair care regimen every time a seasonal change comes about or during an episode of bad weather.
It’s a lot like transitioning from relaxed to natural in the sense that if you don’t do it correctly, your hair will be, well, a hot mess. A few factors, including where you live, will determine if your hair will flourish or suffer major setbacks in the face of hot summers and dry winters.
I know, I know- it could be a hassle- but there is no need to fret! There is a solution to all of this and it all starts with formulating a simple hair care regimen that can easily transition from season to season or sunshine to rain. Of course, you should stick to your current routine if it’s working for you but here are some simple tips on how to create a all season-friendly hair care routine.
Find a great shampoo and conditioner
Properly moisturizing your hair is the key to gaining and maintaining healthy hair so you must make sure all products you use do not go against the very thing you are trying to obtain.
This means you should try buying shampoos and conditioners that are free of things like sulfate and silicone to avoid drying out your hair and scalp like unfavorable weather conditions would.
Personally, I stick to hair care lines like Shea Moisture* and DevaCurl because they are typically free of hair-harming ingredients.
Balance your heavy and light products
Often times, women with coarse hair go for heavier products while women for thin or fine hair tend to go for lightweight products that don’t weight down their hair.
No matter how you categorize your tresses, your best bet may be to use both types of products. For an example, try a heavier custard-like moisturizer and use a lightweight sealant like coconut oil*; or simply sleep with heavier products in your hair overnight and use water and a light oil in the morning. The balance will help when it’s time to add and take away products when seasons begin to transition.
Water and a great diet is key!
When I began my weight loss journey, I started to drink tons of water, protein shakes, and eat healthier. What I didn’t know was that this change would also be beneficial for my hair.
Not only did the water hydrate my hair, but eating more protein also helped strengthen it as well as prevent shedding. This change was truly nourishing me from the inside out.
Diet is so important because harsh winter temperatures and overexposure to the sun can turn your hair into something dry and fragile. By keeping yourself healthy, you are giving your hair a greater chance to survive the hot-to-cold or cold-to-hot transition.