March 25, 2011

Spring Is In The Hair!

How are you springing into the new season?  Although it brings us one step closer to summer days and breezy cocktails, Spring brings with it frequent rain down pours, thick humidity and severe allergies for me!  Ugggg L   Spring cleaning – clothes, hair products and windows!  I have not started on any of these things yet but my plan is to get on it next week after my trip to the sunshine state. 

Yummy Drink for Summer
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
  • 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Lime wheel to garnish
  • CUTE glass ( I added this ingredient!)
How will you prepare your tresses?  Time for the product rotation!  Winter demanded the introduction of additional moisture and more protective styling while Spring demands humidity combat.  Moisture is still key, no matter what the season, so keep those conditioners coming.  However, your normal curl pattern is definitely at risk so a change in your regimen is in order.  The discretionary use of humectants is essential to this change. 

The amount of moisture in the air during the warmer months is high and leads to the dreaded frizz.  While humectants help maintain moisture during the colder months, they attract moisture from the air during the summer months.  Moisture in the air causes the hair shaft to expand producing the accidental afro, not the fly fro.  In a nutshell, humectants are your fair –weather friends, meaning they act differently depending on the weather.  They are able to absorb water and seal in moisture, which sounds like a win win right?  Well, yes and no.  Humidity, climate and dew point are all factors in how humectants will affect your hair.  In order for the humectants to pull moisture, the air’s humidity must be at least 70%*.  If the air does not have enough moisture in it, this will not happen. If the dew point is low, it could have the opposite effect and cause more dryness. 
Once I come up with a Spring Regimen, I will share.  One thing I will say is think twice before bothering with those flat irons during this time but if you do chose to straighten, use an anti humectant, such as Aveda’s Anti Humectant Pomade! **Paraben alert.  There are parabens in this product.

Side bar – summer is the perfect time to transition from a relaxer to natural.  It handles the sticky weather like a champ.

Another Side bar - If you go to this site and plug in your hair type and zip code, it will give you the weather forecast (including the humidity!) and hair tips.  This is cute.  Try it!

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