Even if you know how to handle your hair at home and you know your area’s climate, it’s easy to be thrown for a loop when the seasons change or when you travel. Today we are going to offer a few easy tips to address “problem” hair issues that can be linked to changing environments.
#1 “It’s soooo cold and my hair seems to be extra frizzy!”
Try to stop this problem before it even starts. The static electricity that causes fly-aways and wiry tresses can be addressed with a few industry tricks. First, you can add a bit of moisturizer or hair product to the ends of your hair to weigh it down and stop the hairs from flying. Second, some prefer to spray their comb (avoid plastic combs) with hairspray and then brush through their locks before heading out. Finally, you can also gently rub dryer sheets over your hair to nix the static. Sounds crazy, but it helps a lot of long haired folks. Try one or all of these tips and let me know how they work for you!
#2 “Help! I can’t deal with all of this humidity!”
Again, let’s be proactive. Before you step out in humid air, consider giving your hair a deep conditioning the night before. There are tons of deep conditioners you can leave on overnight, or you can make your own winning mixture with either olive oil or coconut oil. Either way, let it soak in overnight and wash it in the AM before you head out on you wild-weather adventure.
Another way to deal with humidity is to make peace with it. Don’t try to do your regular hair routine if that includes hot hair treatment. Take a break from the blow dryer or curling iron. Try a new, low-maintenance look or an up-do that reduces the surface area of your hair that is exposed to the moisture in the air.
#3 “My hair feels too dry!” “My hair feels soooo oily!”
Both of these issues speak to how you are cleaning your hair, and possibly, your diet. Many people don’t consider the impact their diet has on their hair, but they should. Your scalp and your hair are still parts of your body and they are nourished (or depleted) based on what you consume. If you are really unhappy with your hair’s condition, consider adding healthy fats and oils to your diet. These fats and oils help your hair and nails grow stronger. You can also directly apply things like an avocado mask to your hair to “feed” the follicles.
In general, try to work together with your hair and pay attention to what it is communicating. For example: if your hair is acting differently after you start using a new shampoo, consider switching to something with different ingredients. Your body may have an aversion or allergic reaction to something in the product itself.
Another simple switch is with how often you wash your hair. Many times when clients complain that they wash their hair every day and it’s feeling dry, I simply suggest they cut back to ever 3-4 days between washes. Allowing your hair’s oil to build up naturally is often an easy fix for dryness. If your hair feels oily, however, try everything mentioned above and give yourself a break from regular washing and incorporate a dry shampoo into your weekly routine.
These tips can be mixed and matched until you find the right combination for you based on your hair and the weather your experiencing!