Spring Out of Winter with Healthy Curls
Posted on 18 March 2018
Happy spring! Yes, lovelies, it ’ s FINALLY time to shake off those winter blues!! As we head into warmer weather, we wanted to share some tips to help you maintain healthy, bomb-a** curls allll season long.
1. Deep Conditioning
If you want soft, bouncy and healthy curls, deep conditioning is a good habit to include as a regular part of your self-care routine. How often you should be doing it depends on your hair type and overall health of your hair. But if one thing is for sure, deep conditioning regularly is essential to replacing moisture lost during the dry winter season.
If you’re new to this, you’re probably wondering where to start. From the hair care aisle to DIY home recipes, there are tons of options out there; it doesn’t have to be complicated!
At LUS we’re all about the #SimpleLife, which is why we decided to share some tips and tricks on how to turn your regular Love Ur Curls conditioner into a nourishing deep conditioning treatment.
After applying the LUS Step 2 conditioner to wet hair, grab a cotton tee and run it under the tap.
Ring out the excess water and place the t-shirt in a microwaveable bowl. Stick it in the the microwave for about 30 seconds (make sure it’s warm, NOT HOT!) then once the temperature is just right, wrap it around your hair. You can leave this on anywhere from 10-15 minutes to 1 hour. Then rinse out with cool water to lock in the moisture and hydration.
Put that gym membership to use! Before getting into the sauna, apply the conditioner to wet hair and let it sit for as long as you’re relaxing in there. Like the t-shirt, the heat and steam will help your hair absorb more of the ingredients in the conditioner. The result? Healthy, shiny, moisturized curls.
This is by far the simplest solution. Once you’ve applied the conditioner, throw on a shower cap or wrap a basic plastic bag over your hair. The best thing about this is that you can lounge around in it or you can continue with the rest of your shower routine.
2. The Drying Process
Sometimes a change in season means a change in our wash ’n go routines. Whereas leaving the house and letting your hair air dry is a huge no-no in the winter, spring is the perfect time to relax and let your curls dry naturally. Since wet hair isn ’ t as pliable and prone to breakage when it ’ s warm outside, this is the perfect time to give your hair a break from any and all heat! Giving way to healthier, happy curls.
3. Shield Your Hair From the Elements
We all know that sunscreen is KEY in warmer months, but how often do we think about sun damage to our hair?? The sun can have a serious effect on the health of your curls! Just like your skin can get burned, extensive exposure to the sun ’ s UVA and UVB rays can harm your hair, causing split ends, frizz, dryness, and discoloration.
Our solution? If you can ’ t stay in the shade, wrap your favorite scarf around the crown of your head or find a hat to do the same. If on any given day you ’ ve exposed your curls to too much sun, do an extra deep conditioning treatment to help your curls recover from any damage!
4. Protective styles
First of all, what is a protective style? Any time you wear your hair with your ends tucked away you’re wearing a protective style. These styles help to retain length and moisture because it minimizes washing and styling and reduces breakage caused by over-manipulation. There are so many different types of protective styles ranging in complexity, these include but aren’t limited to: buns, twists, braids, extensions and wigs. These styles not only protect your hair but they can also help to reduce the amount of time and energy you spend styling and caring for it (not to mention the variety of different looks you can slaaay).
5. Hair Cuts
We know a lot of us curly girls aren’t too fond of haircuts. Whether it’s trying to find a salon that actually knows how to cut curly hair or just trying our best to reach our length goals, the whole process can be pretty daunting. But for the health of your hair, and to give your curls a fighting chance against the elements, it is a good idea to rid yourself of any dry, brittle or split ends. We always suggest you seek out a good curl specialist salon in your area, but if you’re feeling brave, you could always buy a pair of hair cutting shears and try to trim/dust your own hair. Some curlies prefer the search and destroy method, where they examine the ends of their hair and trim off any strands with fairy knots or broken and split ends.
As we've said before, curly hair is all about experimentation and having fun! This stands for your deep conditioning regimen too. There are no rules, and you need to learn to "listen" to your hair. When it is extra parched and begging for hydration, give it some! As a general rule, deep conditioning every other week or even once a month in the spring and summer months seems to work for most curlies. Love Ur Curls with some extra hydration, remain patient, and you'll be amazed at what those locks can do!