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How To Tailor Your Natural Hair Regimen for Spring

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Do you hear that? It’s the sound of singing birds resting on Cherry Blossoms covered in pink! For those of you traumatized by what has been a pretty brutal winter, I have good news: Spring is in the air! Now, while it may not quite feel like spring yet where you live, it is a good time to think about your spring hair regimen. Now, I am a summer girl through and through. The heat is my friend! But when it comes to hair care, spring, followed by fall is my favorite “hair season”. The weather is warm, yet not dry enough to cause the dryness to our hair that summer weather may cause. The damper weather is also a great time to use nature to your advantage and capture moisture in your hair.

Products

During April and May I find that there is much less need to use the heavy cream and butters that helped to seal in moisture during the colder months of winter.  If you don’t have a problem with glycerin, this season is probably the best time to incorporate lighter moisturizers with glycerin high on the ingredient list into your regimen. You can even purchase a bottle of glycerin, which is fairly inexpensive, and mix it with water and oil as a part of your post wash leave in. During the spring I also find that the oils I use no longer need to be thick or heavy. Rather than castor oil, for example, consider using almond oil or even jojoba, in order to create less of a barrier between your hair and the moisture in the air.

 

Styling

From the standpoint of maintaining hair health, I love spring. When it comes to styling, however, it can be a bit of a challenge. The increased moisture in the air and rainy days can make weather dependent styles, like straightened hair, twist outs, etc. more difficult to maintain. As a result, you may find that not only can you benefit from the added moisture of the air, but also have an added incentive to wear protective styles. I like to think of this 8–12 week period (I usually find that by late May/ early June summer weather replace spring weather) as a type of hair hibernation for my hair. Unlike winter, however, I can still enjoy “out” hair styles on the those gorgeous 70 degree days with dry air.

Routine

Although your products choices might change and you may have to switch up your styling options, I have good news for you: there really is no need to completely revamp the order of your routine. This is not only true for spring, but other seasons as well.  If you’ve found success with your general routine, don’t try to fix what isn’t broken. Other than the minor tweaks of hair product choice or styling, continue to maintain your regular wash schedule and order of your post wash detangling/moisturizing process.

Natural hair shouldn’t be any more difficult to manage as the seasons change.  While you may tweak a few things, you should generally be able to follow the rules you’ve created for yourself. After all, you know what works best for your hair.

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Missc

I always enjoy your posts Geniece! While I agree about almond oil (love that) my hair hates glycerin no matter the season 🙂

Mary
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Mary

LOL, I don’t know what birds you hear or what air you are breathing but here the wind chill was zero when I got up SMH. Can’t wait for spring to reach us in Michigan so I can finally take my hair out!!!!

Lansky
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Lansky

Same here but I live in Montreal. Ain’t spring but still winter BIG TIME! I have to tuck my hair for a moment again. 🙂

Erene
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Good Advice! Chilling weather right here in Toronto Canada. Spring Chilling weather for hair is protective styling!

Alicia Renee
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Alicia Renee

I’m in NYC and I am definitely looking forward to sporting my fro. I’ve been wearing a hat to work so much I’m sure people are starting to wonder if I even have hair LOL. I’ve never tried glycerin is there any place I can walk in and buy it instead of waiting for it in the mail. I don’t like waiting for packages.

Pat
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I bought a bottle of glycerin at Wal-Mart.

Dananana
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Dananana

Any sort of crunchy, natural, do-it-yourself store (e.g. Whole Foods, Natural Grocers) should also have vegetable glycerin. I use the NOW Solutions brand, $7 for 16 oz.

Tabatha
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Tabatha

If you have a health food store near you then they usually have it, OR call around to GNC’s and other vitamin shops. Call before you go because I hate when I get somewhere and then they don’t have it.

Jo
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Jo

It has always been Spring in South Florida. Where has winter been? o_O BUT the humidity always seems to be too high here for twist-outs to last longer than a few hours.

NubianPrize
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NubianPrize

SPRING ??!! ROFLMAO !!! We’ve got a nor’easter coming Tuesday COMPLETE WITH SNOW !!!

Tabatha
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Tabatha

Ok.… well on the days were you can possibly think that it resembles spring what would you do? 😉

Tabatha
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Tabatha

Since I live in San Diego, the only change that I do is that I switch from Coconut in the winter time to almond, Apricot, or Jojoba oil. I also don’t use creams as often, but on occasion I’ll use it, like if I went to the beach or went swimming in the pool. I’ll put it in after I’ve washed my hair. The styles I wear doesn’t really change.

Adrienne
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Adrienne

I wish it was spring. Where I live in the north east it was 35 degrees yesterday and it’s been snowing all morning today.

JenniD
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JenniD

Lol at everyone lamenting that spring ain’t here yet. Yes it just started snowing here in Ohio and it sucks big time. When it does eventually get warm I usually do wash n gos ( or wash n fros in my case) a little bit more. But when it gets super rainy I usually keep the twist going a little bit longer with some up do’s sprinkled in to keep me from getting anxious. I don’t mind the shrinkage from rain but my goodness does rain water make my scalp itch! Anyone else have issues with this? I don’t really… Read more »

Dananana
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Dananana

Rain water sometimes makes my scalp itch too! I noticed though that it varies depending on where I am. I live primarily in Missouri, and it doesn’t bother me here. But when I go home to Illinois, I am indeed ducking and dodging the rain because I don’t want the itchies. My theory is that it has to do with the pollutant content of the rain– my home in MO is near a bunch of parks and undeveloped areas, while my home in IL is surrounded by industrial plants and agricultural fields frequently sprayed with pesticides. I know that Ohio… Read more »

Michelle@Radiant Brown Beauty
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I so agree on the “don’t fix what’s not broken.” I’ve found over the years of caring for my own natural hair that what’s recommended for the masses often don’t do much for my fine hair. I can use almost any product at any time of year.….…but glycerin and JBCO. JBCO makes me itch like a crackhead and glycerin makes my hair too gummy. Maybe I’m too heavy handed to use but honestly, there’s many other products that work just fine.

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