Transitioning Your Scalp for Spring

Written on: Apr 27, 2018
By: Shari Hicks-Graham

For those of us who live in parts of the country with distinctive seasonal weather, we are thrilled that springtime has finally come around! Changes in the weather and, of course, our associated change in behavior can affect our skin and hair in a number of different ways. Here are a few ways to prepare your scalp and hair for springtime weather.

  • Rejuvenate your scalp. You are coming out of hibernation, you may even open up the curtains and do some spring cleaning - start the season anew! Your skin can start anew as well. Glycolic acid is a specialized ingredient often found in chemical peels for the face but it is equally effective on the scalp. Glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid) rejuvenates your skin by gently loosening and lifting up the top layer of the skin to reveal a new healthy layer beneath. Alleviate your flaky scalp with products that include the appropriate amount of glycolic acid this spring. We include Glycolic Acid in our Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner.
  • Stay moisturized. Although your scalp may not feel as tight or dry in the springtime, moisture is what keeps our scalp healthy and our hair strong. Make using unique moisturizing products a permanent part of your scalp and hair care routine all year long. You may find it easy to scale back on heavier products you have have been using to boost your hair and scalp’s moisture during the drier winter season.
    If you are refreshing your look with a new hair color, that may be another reason to take care and make sure your scalp is moisturized. Some dyes include chemicals that can have a drying effect by opening the hair’s cuticle layer. Does that mean that hair dye is bad or dangerous? No. Most hair dyes are safe, but if you have an existing scalp issue (dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, etc.) it may be a good idea to proceed with caution while the condition is managed. Separately, it is a good idea to test any hair dyes for allergens before usage.

  • Wear sunscreen. If you know you are going to be outside in the sun enjoying the springtime weather, use sunscreen, wear sunscreen, cover your skin with SUNSCREEN. Even if it is not a bright, sunny day, being outside is a sufficient enough reason to ensure your skin is protected from harmful UV rays. If you are wearing a hairstyle where part of your scalp is exposed (braids, locs, parted hair, clean or close shaves, etc), please do not forget to apply sunscreen to those areas. I have thoroughly researched and seen the short and long-term effects of sunburn and if you haven’t, please take my word for it, you don’t want to experience that! Gentlemen, this definitely applies to you, too. Of course, a bald head is highly susceptible to sunburn.

        We are excited to share this time together.  Enjoy the springtime!

        Live Free & Clear,

        Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham