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My hair has always been one of my favorite experiments. I’ve dyed it all colors of the rainbow, and I’m not afraid to chop it all off if I’m feeling adventurous. This is going to sound a little strange, but my hair has also changed types throughout my life, too. My mom believes this urban legend that your hair type changes every seven years. Of course there’s no real science behind the claim, but my hair did start to change its shape and texture after my 14th birthday. When I look back at old photos from middle school my hair was pretty straight, and my photos of freshman year of high school include a head of wavy hair that later got curlier in college. After my 21st birthday, I started to notice that my hair started holding less curl and eventually turned into more of a soft wave. Right now, I can force my hair to be curly if I prep it right and use a hair wand, or it’ll air dry almost completely straight. I haven’t used a flat iron since 2012. So maybe my mom is right after all. I’m holding out until my 28th birthday before I make any conclusions though.
So why am I rambling on about this? Well, I guess I’m trying to prove the point that I’ve dealt with several hair types in recent years, and all of them pose similar challenges when the weather starts to warm up. Frizz, volume, and hold have always been my biggest frustrations. I have a lot of hair, but it’s pretty fine, so I’m always trying to find a miracle product or new routine to maintain my mop. I’m sure many of you probably struggle with similar #hairproblems, so I thought it’d be fun to share of my hair care and styling tips for the spring. Let’s get started!
- Condition first, shampoo second. Ok, this obviously sounds backwards but let me explain. For years I’ve always used a lot of conditioner on my hair after shampooing. One day it hit me that that’s probably what has been weighing my hair down all these years. So, I stopped dousing my hair with conditioner from root to tip and focused more on the ends, but I still felt like my roots need loving too, and I had been at a loss for a solution. So when TRESemmé introduced to me to their Beauty-Full Volume, revolutionary reverse wash and care process, I was beyond intrigued. First, you use a pre-wash conditioner that reinforces hair’s natural protective layer using Fiber Polishing technology. Then, you follow with shampoo to cleanse and remove excess weight from the hair. Pretty cool, huh? I’ve been doing this reverse routine for a few weeks now, and my hair feels so much lighter and bouncier. These products are also safe for color-treated hair, which is a win-win for my ombre! If your hair is on the thinner side like mine, I highly recommend trying these out.
- Prep before styling. I sometimes fall into the bad habit of simply taking the blow dryer or wand to my head without thinking twice about prepping my hair for the ridiculous amounts of heat it’s about to endure. Don’t be me! Hair tools can be so damaging to the hair, so it’s important to protect your strands ahead of time. Plus, with proper prep, you’ll have a much easier time achieving the look you’re after. For me, that’s eliminating frizz. In addition to the pre-wash conditioner and shampoo, I’ve been also using TRESemmé’s Beauty- Full Volume Hair Maximizer and Touchable Bounce Mousse from the same collection, before blow-drying. The first time I used these two products together, it was going to be a record high of 72 degrees in Boston. After quickly drying and running out the door, I was pleasantly surprised by the absence of frizz my hair had after I walked to work that day. Even when I brushed my fingers through my hair, I could feel the difference in smoothness my hair had compared to previous products I’d used. But, I think my favorite part is that the mousse didn’t leave my hair feel crunchy at all. Can I get a hallelujah?
- Get that trim! This one’s pretty obvious but I’m forcing myself into the habit of getting my hair trimmed at least once every season. For someone with color-treated hair like me, trims are essential to the overall health of my hair. A trim also helps keep the frizzies at bay. If you’re hair is really thick or heavy, consider long layers to take off some additional weight, without sacrificing length. Too afraid your hairdresser will chop off too much? Get a new hairdresser. Just kidding, that’s a little harsh, but you should feel confident sitting in that chair. I always bring photos with me of what I want done to my hair, even if it’s as easy as a trim. Thoroughly explain to your hairdresser what you want and the photos will help manage expectations so there are no surprises when they finally spin you around to face the mirror.
- No-heat styling. This one reiterates what I mentioned earlier about hair tools being extremely damaging to your hair. I’m a big fan of my wand, but I try to limit my use with it to the weekends or a special weekday occasion. With muggier months ahead, I recommend mastering a few no-heat styles. My personal favorite is what I like to call Princess Leia buns. After showering, I part my hair and twist two big sections into buns on either side of my head. In the morning, I simply unravel the buns to reveal natural waves that need minimal styling. Boom! Here’s a great list of no-heat styles you can try. Your hair will thank you!
- Accessorize. Rainy days with excessive humidity are simply the worst, especially in New England. I’ve learned to cope by mastering a few rainy day hairstyles, like a polished ponytail and the half-bun. I also like wearing thin or turban-style headbands to keep my hair out of my face or compliment my outfit. It’s a crazy easy solution for a bad hair day!
What are your go-to hair tips for the spring season? Tell me in the comments!
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