Laurabeth S. of Naturallycurly writes;
This time of year, I pack away my thicker sweaters like beloved friends in a vacuum-protected Space Bag and exchange them for the short sleeves I’ve missed all winter long. Similarly, I rotate my hair products to complement the change in seasons.
If you haven’t performed this spring cleaning ritual, you may not know how to determine what season best complements a particular product type or ingredient composition.
Here are a few areas to consider as you categorize your spring arsenal vs winter pack-aways.
Pack Away Winter’s Products
To a head of curls, winter brings three major characteristics: cold outside, dry heat inside and cold humidity. Because curls need moisture to be their boosted best, this combination can rob them of their bounce. In winter, I lean toward thicker creams, silicone-laden products to seal in the moisture from the creams or leave-ins, and products rich in oils and butters. The oils and butters penetrate deeply into my curls, imparting a lasting moisture that the dry air can’t evaporate away.
Which winter favs are you packing away in the coming months?
tonisha: this will be my first spring completely natural and with longer hair so i will be using my s-curl activator as well as suave professionals almond and shea butter conditioner for cowashing and detangling all in one. i will still be doing twists and pineappling my hair in between. i will be sealing with shea butter oil
Anonymous, how about just using an oil to seal?
I'm not sure. I big chopped in the fall and have been using raw unrefined shea butter, jojoba/olive oil/grapeseed oil mix, and water to condition for moisture. What will you guys use to replace the shea butter for sealing your hair????
This is my first 'spring' caring for my hair, so I'm going to wait and actually see how my hair responds before packing stuff away. All heads are different!
*'spring' – it's bloody freezing here in Nottingham, UK!
I am putting away my Darcy's Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme and "regular" castor oil and bringing out my jojoba oil and products with glycerin.
I don't use silicons in the winter either. The water soluble ones only work for me in the summer.
i was doing the opposite for spring. i tucked away alll my hair products that had glycerin in it. but now im ready to bring em back out! its time to perfect my wash and go so gotta get that down before spring and summer!
I'm adding grape seed oil and ditching the shea butter. Also thinking of switching from shea moisture curl smoothie to soft sheen carson roots of nature triple hair dress
*tear* I am letting go of my heavier conditioners like Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta and heavier sealers like my raw shea butter and olive oil. In it's place I get to bring out raw honey, veggie glycerin, and S-Curl to add to my arsenal of hair products.
hmm, interesting. i usually use silicones in the summer, not the winter. but, in the spirit of the post, i'm letting go of castor oil soon 🙁 hopefully the Sauve Almond & Shea condish, which i just discovered, won't be too heavy for my hair in the coming months.