As the seasons change your hair care routine needs to be adjusted, too. In the summer it is important to protect your hair from the sun. In the winter the cold and wind are concerns. Although these are seasonal, there are hair care concerns which occur all year round. Depending on whether or not your hair is color treated, permed, wavy, naturally curly, or bone straight you need to have a basic hair care routine specifically tailored to your hair care needs. Here’s 5 all weather hair care tips you can use to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.
Get a great haircut. A great haircut is the basis for a great style. Talk to your stylist about your lifestyle and how much time you are willing and able to devote to your hair. She can suggest cuts that will compliment your facial shape and work with your hair thickness and texture.
Use the right products. You’ll be surprised how much better your hair will look and feel if you use the right products. For example if you have color treated hair, it is important you use products that will protect your color. These products help to prevent your color from fading and keep your hair shaft strong. Ethnic hair also has special needs that the right products will address. Ethnic hair can be more fragile than Caucasian hair, and you need products to add extra moisture and keep your hair from breaking.
Use sunscreen all year. Even in winter the sun can be damaging to your hair. Sunlight reacts with hair color and can make it turn orange or an unwanted gold tint. The sun also dries out hair and can make it susceptible to damage from your blow dryer or flat iron. In the summer try a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen for extra protection when you know you’ll be spending a lot of time outside.
Protect your hair from high heat tools. Always use a heat protecting product before you blow dry, flat iron, or use a curling iron. High heat can not only cause damage and breakage, but it can also oxidize hair color. This is what gives you that ugly orange or gold tone to your hair after a few weeks. A heat protecting product coats your hair and keeps it from being damaged.
Give your hair a heat break. Take a break from the blow dryer, curling iron, and flat iron a few times a week. Wash and condition your hair and then let it dry naturally. Put it up in a loose bun or ponytail if you need to keep it out of the way. You can also braid it for soft waves once it is dry. This will help keep your hair strong and healthy.
You hairstylist is your best resource for tips on keeping your style looking great and your hair looking and feeling healthy. Ask her what she recommends, she’ll know your hair and your lifestyle.