Spring is finally here and like all others in the past, the start is a little bit flickering here in the UK but we’ll take it. We’re all tired of low temperatures, right? Even if slowly, the thermometer is going up, clothing layers are going down and I desperately look forward to a golden tan. For many curly girls, Spring also signals a change in their curly hair routine. If you prefer light hair moisturisers during the Spring season keep reading, I have a few suggestions for you.
First, let me come out and just say that you don’t need to change your hair products if you like the ones you have and the results they give you. I personally won’t be making any changes to my selection because they work well for any season, they’re not heavy on oils and butter and give me the definition and longevity I look for.
I may, however, use them differently. For instance, depending on the weather, if it’s warm enough, I may drop the use of a product that blocks out humidity (it’s England you know!) and gives my medium-coarse hair extra hold. This means I will stick to a 3-product wash day routine. Shampoo, conditioner and styler. That’s all really! I will drop a product and not switch, add or change my entire hair product routine. If you choose your products well they will work all year round. 😉
The point is, if you use thick moisturisers you may be looking forward to using something lighter like a leave-in conditioner or something in spray-form. Or maybe, you’re a product junkie and just like to try new products. 😀
Luckily, I’ve been seeing some new brands dropping on some of my favourite online shops and I decided to have a closer look at them and see if there was something worth sharing with you.
ONLY CURLS | Hydrating Curl Cream
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Phospholipids, Polyquaternium- 37, Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Ceteareth-20, Cetrimonium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ppg-1 Trideceth-6, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Glycolipids, Limonene, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
This is not exactly a new brand, but I haven’t mentioned any of their products in the past and I thought now was a good time to do it (by the way this is a British brand, YAY!!). Even though I am happy with my current products, it’s a brand I would like to try in the future, not only because their products look promising but also because it’s a vegan company as mentioned before in this post about cruelty-free companies.
This is a no sulphates, silicone, parabens, mineral oil, paraffin and no animal testing company. From quick research I did, this product has an ingredient – phospholipids – that promises to massively increase moisture to your tresses.
It can be sourced from virgin hazelnut and olive oil, it’s made out of two fatty acids and has a hydrophilic (water-loving) head that attracts water (1) and, according to a study (2), enhances the penetration of ingredients or “act as compounds which strengthen the skin barrier function” (in other words, phospholipids facilitate and help keep that moisture in). Convinced to maybe wanna try it? Or have you already?
Price: ~ £16 (8.45 oz/250ml)
SHESCENTIT | Baobab Fluffy Curls Leave-in Conditioner
Ingredients: Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-37, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetrimonium Chloride, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Fragrance, Panthenol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil.
I just recently noticed this brand on online shops and since I am doing this post I decided to check up on what they had available. I must say this product was a good surprise and the slip must be amazing judging from the ingredients list. I would definitely give this product a try if I were you (I won’t because they’re not vegan).
Price: ~ £14.99 (8.5 fl oz/251 ml)
SO COZY | Curl Leave in Conditioner
Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Panthenol (pro-Vitamin B-5), Beeswax, Lactic Acid, Cetrimonium Chloride, Steareth-2, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)
I know it’s a kid’s brand, but there’s no reason why it won’t work on your hair. In fact, I know it will. If it’s good for their hair it will be for yours too and if you prefer some light moisture that won’t weigh down your hair this light moisturiser will do the job. Like many companies these days, more than the ‘No Parabens’ or ‘No Phthalates’ buzzwords they promise is ‘No nasties – ever’.
Price: ~ £9.99 (8 fl oz/237ml)
MICHE | Lavish Leave-in Conditioner
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Glycerin, Shea Olein, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Oil), Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Salvia officinalis(Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Urens (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract
This brand comes from YouTube beauty blogger Michelle Ballard who decided to take her passion for natural hair create products that would work for all textures of natural hair. It’s gotten all the way here to the UK (available at Beauty by Zara) and all I can certainly say is that the ingredients in this product and their placement in the formulation seem promising and is worth giving a go.
Price: £16.99 (12oz/355ml)
These are just four suggestion among the many available on the market, but I figured they are a good starting point and too many options normally confuse people. If you’re in the UK you can get these products on at Naturalistic Products and Beauty by Zara.
In addition to switching your heavy products don’t forget that rising temperatures mean unforgiving UV rays that will wreck up your naturally curly hair your. If you work outside, make sure you protect your hair. Have a look at these post for ideas on how to use a scarf or hat.
Additionally, if you only deep condition occasionally you may want to do this more regularly to offset the damaging effects of the sun. You can check these two posts for protein and protein-free deep conditioners. But, if you wanna go deep on the subject and know how to use deep conditioning to help you achieve your curly hair goals (e.g. health, growth, moisture, length retention, etc) check my Curly Guide to Deep Conditioning.
What changes do you make to your hair routine during Spring or Summer, if any?