As temperatures begin to rise in Spring (slowly but surely), it’s time to start thinking about what steps to take to prepare for the warmer weather.
We often forget the effect of seasonal change on our hair and skin, leaving us wondering why our beauty routine isn’t quite having the same result it used to. Here at Regis, we understand the struggle when it comes to changing a beauty routine that saw you through winter, but we’re here to help! Follow these simple guidelines from our professionals to help you look and feel good, now that warmer weather is on the horizon.
1. SPRING CLEAN YOUR BEAUTY STASH
As you begin to pull out last year’s products, including those that you completely forgot you had, you begin to realise how much your cupboards and drawers need a declutter. In our haste to purchase we sometimes end up with products we never use because we either don’t have a solid beauty regimen or we forgot we even had them.
If you haven’t used it by now you probably never will! Help make space for the new by throwing out the old. Don’t cling onto products you’ve never used in the hope that you will one day, unless you really, really intend to.
2. REASSESS YOUR HAIR ROUTINE
The primary hair changes people experience from winter to spring include a greasier scalp, less volume due to higher temperatures, and jaded colour due to sun exposure.
“The transition into Spring after a dry winter season, means restoring your hair’s natural lustre and for this moisture is key,” says Creative Director Kieron Fowles. “If you don’t already, use a clarifying shampoo once a month to cleanse your scalp and to remove build up.”
Clarifying shampoo will help to remove all excess product build up in your hair. If you’re a regular swimmer, a clarifying shampoo will be perfect as it’ll remove chlorine thanks to its deep cleansing formula that works to strengthen your hair, working with each individual strand to help protect it from future build up. However, once you’ve used a clarifying shampoo, remember to top up the moisture in your hair with a good hair mask or nourishing conditioner as some intense clarifying shampoos can also strip your hair of their natural oils.
Speaking of natural oils, if you struggle with a greasy scalp and lack of volume come mid-week, invest in a good volumizing dry shampoo. Build this into your routine even on clean hair, to help keep grease at bay and your roots looking fresh and full of bounce. Avoid over-doing this however as you’ll find that heavy product build up will have the reverse effect.
3. GET HABITUAL ABOUT SPF
If you’re getting serious about booking your next holiday and basking in the sun, you need to get serious about SPF, too. Protecting your hair is just as important as protecting your skin.
Damage to your hair can be irreversible too as once it passes the point of resurrection, the only thing to do is to chop it off – and nobody wants that! One of the simplest ways you can prevent damage and keep your hair looking healthy throughout the hotter months is by investing in some good UV protection styling products.
Heat protection sprays not only protect your locks against extreme heat, but also coats it with a UV layer that prevents against sun-induced dryness and coarseness. It ensures your hair is left stronger and healthier for longer, meaning that whatever style you create is on top of its game.
4. SWITCH TO LIGHTWEIGHT PRODUCTS
Dial back on the thickness and richness of moisturising products that you may have used during the winter months. The warmer months mean your skin will naturally produce more oils and so lathering your face and hair with heavy duty products will only add to the problem. Consider a lightweight moisturiser and stepping down from medium or full coverage foundation to a BB crème or tinted moisturiser.
The same applies to your hair. Switching from heavy clarifying shampoos to something lightweight will help ensure your hair doesn’t get greasy too quickly. Particularly as we find ourselves washing our hair more often during the warmer months, the lighter the shampoo, the less it will strip our scalp of its natural oils.