Following the holidays and Valentine’s Day, comes a period when we are given little cause to invest any extra effort in caring for our appearance. I find that in the last weeks of winter most of us just try to get through the last of the short days, paying less attention to ourselves and making less frequent visits to the hair salon. As we await with anticipation the first signs announcing the season of light and warmth and having depleted all of our natural reserves garnered the previous year, our bodies yearn for the sun and its abundance. Tired of winter greens and root vegetables, we hunger for the fresh young sprouts and the first fruits of the growing season. And so does our hair.
This is the season when we should replenish our bodies and our hair with vitamins and other supplements to revitalize and renew. Vitamins such as Biotin, Iron, E, to name but a few, give out hair the much needed boost it needs this time of year. These also help to prepare our hair for the hotter months ahead. The much loved sun does wonders for our souls, but it isn’t always so kind to our hair. Now is also the time to repair the damage of our homes’ dry heat as we ready ourselves for the sunny and humid weather ahead. In addition to the sun’s threat, we need to think of potential effects of chlorine if we are fans of the pool or if we are beach lovers, the added strain of salt on our hair. Getting ahead of any possible damage goes a long way in protecting our hair during the hottest months.
As an experienced hair specialist, I always recommend, a more radical cut in the spring. Like our lawns, it’s time to give our hair a break and cut it back, to encourage new growth in preparation of our summer manes. A shorter cut, will also assist in easing in to the warmer, humid days. Besides these benefits, there is a lot to be said for embracing a fresh new look as the world around us takes on its own.
I also suggest a moisturizing treatment to help transition from the dryness of our heated homes and begin protection from the sun’s more potent presence. There are several products I recommend, depending on my clients hair type and lifestyles. Some moisturizers are great, but too heavy for fine and thin hair, while others are not potent enough for strong, thick or curly hair. It takes the right kind and the right amount to get the best results. This will also help combat the frizzes in more humid weather. Adding a regular moisturizing product to your hair regimen during the hotter months will continue the protection begun in the hair salon.
Finally, as the colors reappear in our environment, I ask my clients to also consider a change in color or a different tone of the color they have been wearing. With the reappearance of bright sunlight, nothing does more for our appearance than a color that really pops as it reflects the brighter light, adding vibrancy and vitality to our look. Highlights can also liven up and help balance the appearance of gray or fading hair color as it is subjected to chlorine or salt water in the months ahead.
Spring has really sprung. Lawn mowers can be heard roaring again, planters are being planted, trees and bushes pruned and gardens are being weeded and cleared of any debris left from winter’s passage. All are busy preparing for the warmer days ahead, days spent outdoors in the heat and the sun, not to mention the humidity. As it is time to tend to our gardens and yards, weeding, fertilizing, pruning and planting, so it is also time to care for our hair in much the same way by making a visit to the best hair salon. This avid gardener would love nothing more than give your hair the makeover this wondrous season calls for.