Finally, the sun is out and there is a hint of warmth in the air. It is so lovely to get outside and listen to the birds and see the flowers opening. It reminds us why we try to keep ourselves looking marvellous, as we live in a world with such beauty. Here at NUYU, we couldn’t be happier to see the start of the longer days and sunny evenings.
New season, new hair! It is time to explore what you should be doing with your locks to make sure they are ready for your summer getaways.
Change up your shampoo
Every so often it is a good idea to switch up your shampoo. Your hair can start to feel heavy, and you need something to come along and offer a good spring clean. Finding the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type is a brilliant gift to yourself this spring. You might want to switch to a sulphate-free brand, as the sulphate tends to strip your hair of the nourishing oils that offer that healthy shine.
A definite sign that you need to switch up your shampoo is if your hair is coloured and looking dull. Choose a shampoo that is gentle, to counter the chemicals you have already used on your hair.
Treat your scalp
A healthy scalp means healthy hair. Over the winter, you may have been wearing more hats. Add to this a build-up of products and you can struggle with skin irritation and dandruff. Therefore, the best way to counter these post-winter annoyances is with an exfoliation treatment on your scalp. You can use a clarifying shampoo once a month and this will strip away any slough that has built up. Be careful to use this sort of shampoo sparingly to protect your natural oils.
Using treatments on your hair and not on your scalp is counterproductive. Your hair is only as healthy as the skin, and without a scalp treatment your hair will still appear dull. In extreme cases, your hair follicles can become clog causing hair loss.
During winter you will have been hydrating your hair regularly to counter the lack of moisture in the air and your use of hats. You will have been using a deep conditioner and as such your hair might be starting to feel a little brittle. Therefore, it is an excellent idea to pep it up at the start of spring with some lightweight oil.
It might also be time to leave your hair to dry naturally, only dabbing it with a towel. The constant application of heat, whether it is hairdryer or heated styling tools, will only serve to dry it out more. If a hairdryer is your only option in a morning, give your hair a spray with heat protectant before you dry.
Time for a trim
With the pandemic, this may be a touchy subject for many this year. Yet, a haircut is the best way to give you a feel of freshness for the new season. Spring is a great time for trying a whole new look, as you take the opportunity to have a fresh start.
If you are looking to grow your hair, you should still have a trim with your stylist to rid your self of the broken ends. If you fear losing length, just ask the styling to dust the hair. This dusting is a strategy where the stylist takes away the damaged tips and doesn’t change the length of the hair much at all. If you do this every six weeks, you can grow your hair while keeping a fresh and healthy look.
Change your colour
The colours we would advise for the winter change as we come into the warmer weather. As winter is so hard on your hair anyway, we recommend darker colours that do less damage to the hair. However, as the warmer and more humid weather is upon us, you might want to switch to a beach look. The summer is the time for a lighter look – and spring is the perfect season to begin the transition with highlights.
Before you decide a do-it-yourself, job will do the trick, we strongly advise a colour consultation. Treat yourself this Easter to some time with a colour specialist, who will be able to match your hair to your skin tone. It will make all the difference to the final look and will prevent any disasters that come from reaching for the bleach bottle.