Spring clean your hair: our four-step plan
Springtime is typically when we spruce up our homes, but it’s a great time to tackle our locks, too, according to trichologist Anabel Kingsley. ‘After the cold winter months, it’s time to rejuvenate our hair with a spring clean in time for the new season ahead,’ she says. ‘The drying effects of winter can cause split ends and dandruff. You may also experience product build-up after trying to tackle these problems.’
Daunted? Don’t worry – a hair ‘spring clean’ is simple compared to the mammoth task of tackling your cupboards. Together with the help of both Kingsley and trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver, we’ve put together a four-step plan to help you greet spring with a healthy, bouncy barnet.
1 Get rid of the gunk
Product build-up can leave hair looking lank and dull – the opposite of what we look for when splashing hard-earned cash on lotions and potions. ‘Products that contain a lot of silicone can build up on the hair shaft causing it to feel heavy and look dull,’ explains Tarver. ‘Use a deep-cleansing shampoo to get your bounce back.’
2 Snip split ends
‘Most hairdressers tend to recommend every five to six weeks, but I think it depends. If you abuse your hair with chemicals and styling, then it may need to be cut more frequently,’ says Tarver. Once you’ve had your damaged ends snipped off, Tarver advises you maintain hair with a weekly deep-conditioning mask: ‘This strengthens hairs so the ends are less likely to split.’
3 Sort out that scalp
Winter isn’t just hard on our hair – the sub-zero temperatures affect our scalp, too. ‘Think of your scalp regime as similar to your skincare routine, as they both are exposed to the same environmental assaults,’ says Kingsley, ‘Exfoliate your scalp weekly to get rid of the flakes.’ We like a natural scalp scrub made from two tablespoons of brown sugar, two tablespoons of finely ground porridge oats and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Massage into the scalp before you shampoo.
4 Try a ‘heat detox’
Caught in the rain one too many times? Heat styling tools are a go-to saviour, but the downside is the damage they do to your hair. To fall back in love with your natural style, Tarver recommends a month off: ‘Lock your straightening irons away in the loft, minimise hairdryer use and then only use on the lowest heat setting. You’ll be so surprised how different your hair feels, you may be tempted to ditch them for good.’
The best springtime barnet buys
The scalp saver – Nourish a dry scalp with calendula, hemp and borage oils. Find them in Purepotions Skin Salvation Scalp Oil.
The miracle worker – Manuka Doctor Restorative Hair Mask contains a blend of manuka honey and abyssinian oil. Leave in for soft, tangle-free hair.
The deep cleansing shampoo – Double shampoo once a week to remove build-up. Try Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying Shampoo for a squeaky clean.
For more ways to have a good hair day, try these 5 easy steps for glossy hair.