Spring has finally made its long-awaited debut, and your house isn’t the only thing that can benefit from some major cleaning. As you pack away your winter clothes and swap out your fluffy comforter for lightweight sheets, you should also update your spring hair care routine.
Just as winter comes with its own set of hair woes, so too does spring. Thankfully, whether you have dark brown hair or ash blonde strands, dealing with said woes is as simple as swapping out your winter hair products for spring-friendly versions. Not sure how to update your haircare routine? We tapped Danielle Keasling, Matrix artistic director, and Cory Hoffman, Pulp Riot educator and stylist to fill you in on everything you need to know about the right way to change up your spring hair care routine.
What is a proper hair care routine?
The perfect spring hair routine is not one-size-fits-all. The best products and formulas for you will depend on your hair type, length and texture. That being said, there is a general rule of thumb to follow when applying your go-to products. Every hair care routine should start with shampoo, conditioner or an in-shower deep conditioning mask if needed. After washing, apply styling products such as heat protectant when styling with hot tools or volumizing formulas when air-drying, to help you achieve your spring hairstyle goals. To finish your routine, top strands off with shine serum, hair spray or texturizer to complete your look.
What does spring do to your hair?
Hoffman says many of her clients, especially those with finer manes, struggle with either frizzy or flat hair this time of year. With the warmer weather comes frizz-inducing humidity, which spoils pretty spring hairstyles and roughs up the hair shaft so that even the most lustrous of spring hair colors appear dull and one-dimensional. Not to mention, rising temperatures can make the scalp become greasy more quickly and excess rainfall can slick down hair, both causing roots to lie flat against the head. That’s why it’s important to keep an absorbent, travel-friendly dry shampoo, like Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo, at the ready to give your mane a quick boost anytime tresses fall south.
How do your hair needs change from winter to spring?
You may not have to deal with dry locks as moisture returns to the air, but caring for your hair in spring still requires some special treatment.
Keasling says a lot of her clients like to experiment with spring hair colors, trading in their darker shades in favor of brighter and lighter hues that are perfect for the spring months. While springtime is an ideal time to embrace your inner blonde bombshell, the stylist suggests you rehab your strands after the harsh winter before heading into the salon for your spring hair color makeover.
Keasling recommends strengthening and conditioning dry, brittle hair twice a week in preparation for color services. For stressed and sensitive hair, we turn to L’Oreal Professionnel Inforcer Anti-Breakage Masque. This powerful treatment is formulated with vitamin B6 and biotin to instantly strengthen and condition dry, brittle hair and seal split ends prior to hitting the salon for all of your spring hair color sessions.
What winter hair care products can you continue using in spring?
Even though spring comes with its own set of hair concerns, you don’t have to ditch your favorite winter hair care products completely. Hoffman says products like Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Mask can be used all year to nourish parched hair while also smoothing hair to enhance spring hair color.
The stylist says shampoo is another product that can remain the same from season to season. For a great option that’ll carry you from New Years Eve to Memorial Day weekend, a hydrating shampoo like Biolage Professional Hydra Source Shampoo mimics the moisture-retaining capabilities of the aloe vera plant to quench thirsty strands in the cold yet won’t weigh hair down in the heat.
How can you update your routine to embrace this year’s spring trends?
Finding products that care for hair is essential, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with your routine. If you want to stock your bathroom with spring hairstyle products that will make your hair look good and on-trend, Keasling’s got just the thing for you.
“Natural texture is huge right now,” the stylist says. “Embrace it by using products high in moisture to enhance and help define natural texture.”
One of our favorites is the Mizani Curl Define Pudding, which provides gorgeous curl definition without the early 2000s crunch.
What is the ideal spring hair care routine?
Hoffman says the ideal spring hair care routine is quite simple. She suggests shampooing with a product like Biolage Smooth Proof Anti-Frizz Anti-Humidity Shampoo followed by a lightweight conditioner like Biolage Smooth Proof Anti-Frizz Anti-Humidity Conditioner to detangle and defrizz strands while providing static control, so hair is smoother and easier to deal with.
Then, follow your shampoo and conditioner with a leave-in treatment like Biolage Hydra Source Daily Leave-In Tonic, which nourishes your hair with light moisture as it primes and protects your strands.
For spring hairstyles, Hoffman is all about touchable volume. Not only does Biolage Hydra Source Foaming Styler add medium-hold, volume and movement to any hairstyle, but it also features a UV filter and moisturizing blue agave nectar that protect strands and retain hydration.
“April showers bring May flowers and of course, humidity,” says Keasling. No matter what your hair type, one spring woe everyone deals with is frizz. Protect your precious spring hairstyle for up to 72 hours by spritzing on Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Anti Frizz Spray—it’s like a raincoat for your hair!
Lastly, your strands aren’t the only thing that needs a little extra TLC in the springtime. Just like your hair has different needs in the spring, so too does your skin—including your scalp. Keasling recommends incorporating a scalp treatment into your spring hair care routine in order to encourage healthy, shiny hair. To do just that, Kérastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp & Hair Serum strengthens hair fibers and supports their uniformity and smoothness with every use.
While this spring hair care routine only covers the basic hair care products, you can certainly personalize your routine with products that address your specific hair needs. Whether you want to keep your hairstyle intact, add volume or enhance shine, there’s a product that can help you achieve your goal. If you arm yourself with the right hair products and follow some advice from Keasling and Hoffman’s hair care routine, you’ll have flawless hair all spring long.
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