by Monica Prata
Healthy, beautiful hair is a coveted feature in many parts of the world. Throughout history, hair has held a number of meanings; indicating class, profession, marital eligibility, just to name a few. Maintaining healthy hair can be a difficult task. As seasons change, so should your hair care regiment. Use this guide to alter your hair care routine throughout the seasons to keep your hair at it's best!
Spring: Spring may bring lush gardens but it also brings unruly, frizzy hair. Wind, moisture and humidity are all to blame for this bad hair season. Spring is an ideal time to wear a hairstyle that embraces your natural texture, using minimal heat. Begin by applying a humidity resistant serum to towel dried hair to prevent frizz and fly-aways. Be sure to focus on the ends of your strands as gusts of wind grab split ends and create a frayed appearance. To ensure smooth hair throughout the day carry a sample size of the serum with you for touch-ups.
Summer: Protecting your hair from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. An easy and fashionable to protect hair throughout the sweltering summer heat is wearing a wide brimmed hat. Protecting hair from the sun is an absolute must! When hair becomes damaged from UV rays, strands become brittle and weak. When hair strands become weak, they break, impeding growth and creating a dull, frizzy appearance. Use silicone-based products as well as shampoos and conditioners that contain UV filters to protect hair from sun damage. If you spend a lot of time at the beach or in a pool, use leave-in conditioners after every washing to replenish lost moisture.
Autumn: As temperatures drop, hair becomes dull and dry, increasing breakage and reducing growth. Hair grows quickly in the summer because of Vitamin D, so to continue this streak of growth begin taking Vitamin D supplements when autumn begins. Another way to stimulate growth and prevent breakage is to massage the scalp with a hot oil treatment. These treatments are available in local drugstores, but you can also make your own. Almond oil, coconut oil or olive oil work best as at-home hot oil treatments. For intense moisturizing, leave the oil treatment on over night wearing a plastic hair cap to sleep. In the morning wash and rinse hair to reveal glossy, hydrated strands!
Winter: Winter hair care is all about protecting strands from harsh cold and winds. Hair is easily dehydrated in the winter because of dry cool air and dry indoor heating systems. Wearing a scarf around your hair while outdoors will protect it from wind, which frays split ends making hair appear frizzy. Avoid washing hair everyday, like the rest of your body your scalp is dryer in winter months and will take more time to produce oils. After washing and thoroughly conditioning your hair, rinse with cool water to help lock moisture into strands. Most importantly for winter months, absolutely never go outside with wet hair. Hair is delicate and can freeze easily in extreme cold, and like thin brittle icicles, fragile strands can snap.