It's time to overhaul your curly hair routine for the new spring season, bringing warmer weather and longer days. Moisture and heat are the two factors that have the most impact on curly hair throughout this season. Your curls will be more susceptible to humidity, making them more challenging to control. If you do not take the appropriate precautions, your hair may get frizzier as it takes in more moisture from the surrounding air. This occurs due to the humidity disrupting the hydrogen bonds, which can break due to the water from the air entering your hair. On top of that, the heat from the sun dries out your hair, which ultimately causes damage to the cuticles. So, here are five techniques to give your curly hair a new lease on life in spring and return them to its healthiest state.
Adopt Water-Based Products With A Focus On Maintaining Lightweight Hydration
You will still need to maintain your curly hair’s moisture levels during spring, but you can do so with lightweight, water-based products. First, begin your wash day routine using a pre-poo with an oil of your choice. Lightweight oils like jojoba, argan, grapeseed, or avocado would be best. As humidity can cause your hair to absorb more moisture from the air, it can make your hair's cuticles more porous, leading to over absorption of oils. This can make your curly hair appear greasy. So, using heavier oils in humid conditions will weigh down your curls and cause further build-up.
A pre-poo can also make detangling in the shower easier before you start washing with a water-based product like Sofnfree Hydration Shampoo With Manuka Honey. This product is also sulphate-free which can gently cleanse and replenish your scalp. Next, our Moisture-Rich Conditioner, which is also water-based, contains manuka honey and avocado to revive your curls’ definition and keep the moisture in for longer.
Lastly, our Leave-In Conditioner With Manuka Honey & Avocado Oil will reduce the occurrence of split ends and keep your curly hair moisturised and smooth throughout the week. If you want to benefit from it daily, you only need to apply a small amount of this product to your roots and ends. It also contains avocado oil, which can strengthen damaged, brittle hair lessening the likelihood of breakage and improving the chances of naturally shiny curls. This is because avocado oil contains vitamins A, B-5, E, and biotin. It also consists of magnesium which can encourage better hair growth.
If it is the middle of the week and you feel that your natural hair is craving more moisture, try a cleansing conditioner or a co-wash to cleanse and moisturise simultaneously while maintaining your hair’s natural oils.
Don’t Make The Use Of Heating Tools A Regular Occurrence
As the warmer months of spring approach, your natural hair will be more prone to UV rays. This can damage your hair’s natural protein structure, leading to breakage and hair loss. So, giving your heat tools a break during spring will prevent you from unnecessarily losing any moisture due to heat. Instead, go for a heatless curl style using Sofnfree’s Curl Elongating Gel With Flaxseed Oil & Rosewater. This gel will offer a gentle, moisturising way to defy shrinkage and provide your curls with natural definition. It is also free from harmful ingredients like mineral oils and alcohol, which can dry out your curls.
Make Regular Trims A Necessity
Your curly hair will have been subjected to the harsher elements of winter in the previous season. Therefore, spring is an ideal time for a trim to reduce the occurrence of your damaged, brittle ends and to allow healthier growth. Trimming your natural hair every eight weeks or so will also improve your hair’s length and reduce the likelihood of split ends. Besides a trim, you can continue protecting and moisturising your ends regularly with our Leave-In Conditioner.
Use Protective Styles To Guard It Against The Heat And Humidity
Protective hairstyles are like a breath of fresh air for your natural hair during spring as they can reduce the amount of exposure and manipulation they are subjected to. And last but not least, a protective style can still help you get creative with your hairstyles. For example, if you opt for a simple style with twists or braids, you will benefit from applying Sofnfree Curling Crème With Coconut & Jamaican Black Castor Oils. This is because, when used before styling, it can improve your curls' definition, body, and bounce without weighing them down.
Stay Consistent With Your Diet And Water Intake
Often the simpler habits are the ones that are most difficult to maintain! Besides using the right products and tools, drinking enough water throughout the day is essential to maintain healthier curls. Additionally, continue eating a healthy diet naturally rich in vitamins A, C, and K, like kiwis, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, and beetroot, to keep your curls in their best shape throughout spring.
Your hair will change as the seasons shift, just like your skin. So, to maintain the health of your curly hair throughout the season, you need to make some minor adjustments to your routine. These include making sure that your curly hair still benefits from enough moisture. It is even more important to eat a more balanced diet and limit your use of heating tools.