When Spring comes to town it’s time to pack away scarves, knit hats, galoshes, down parkas, and other seasonal articles of clothing. Flip flops and tank tops anyone?
Well, just as your body has different needs when temps rise (or fall), so does your hair and scalp. Read on to learn how seasonal changes impact your hair and how best to care for it.
You should protect your skin, scalp, and hair from the damaging effects of the
sun no matter the season. UV rays can weaken and dry out hair, so it’s important to wear a hat whenever possible and avoid being in direct sunlight when the sun’s rays are strongest, generally between 10am and 2pm. However, that’s not always possible or practical so choose hair care products that counteract the effects of the sun; consider UV and heat protectant mists and leave-in-conditioners free from harsh chemicals that can dry out hair.
Warm and Humid
When there is increased moisture in the air – aka humidity – your hair will absorb it and expand, often resulting in frizz, especially for those with naturally wavy or curly hair. Higher levels of humidity can also increase moisture on the scalp, leading to bacteria. To prevent or reduce frizz, choose products specially formulated to smooth and close hair’s outer shaft which reduces the amount of moisture that hair absorbs. Use an absorbent towel to thoroughly remove as much water as possible. Remember to squeeze the hair instead of roughing it up. And embrace your hair’s texture! Instead of trying to force your hair straight, use styling products that tame the frizz while forming silky waves or curls. Choose a shampoo that will deep clean your scalp without over-drying.
Cold and Dry
There are no two ways about it: dry air leads to dry skin and hair. When hair lacks moisture, it becomes brittle and can easily break. During the winter months, it’s important to switch to extra-moisturizing hair products that won’t weigh hair down. Try a weekly deep-conditioning mask, turn down the water temperature, wash your hair less often, avoid heat styling, and get regular trims to help keep your hair and scalp healthy and hydrated.
Hair care sounds complicated, don’t you think? Well, some might think so while most people are just glad to have a full head of hair to care for. If you’re not among them, come see the medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to discover what we can do to restore the hair that’s missing in action. Your initial consultation is free.