We’d bet good money that “how to spring clean your hair routine” is one of your top Google searches at the moment… minus all those coronavirus-related inquiries.
If it isn’t, it really should be. Now that you have more time on your hands—we know you’re stuck inside all day, so don’t even try it—you can give your hair routine the spring cleaning treatment.
Doing so is a little bit like spring cleaning everything in your home, though also vastly different. So, we wanted to share our tips and tricks on the matter. Check ’em out below!
Know What You Need for Your Hair
Before you do anything, we suggest getting to know your hair a little bit better. Understand its type, texture, whether it’s thick, thin, or somewhere in between. See what’s going on with your scalp. Is it flaky? Is it oily? Once you’ve conducted enough research to make Nancy Drew proud, then you can begin getting into the good bits of spring cleaning your hair routine.
Doing all the dirty work ensures you kick things off on the right foot. When you discover these things about your hair, you understand what products you need and which ones you don’t. This brings us to our next point.
Get Rid of Things You Don’t Use
When it comes to cleaning, we’re all about purging. We don’t know about you, but we tend to hold onto a lot of products we seldom ever use, in the off chance we’ll need them one day. Does that day ever come? Very, very rarely. So all those products you have wasting away, toss ’em. You do not need them.
And now that you’ve done the research to know what’ll work best for your precious tresses, it’ll be easier to get rid of items that likely don’t do anything for your hair. Throw them out immediately!
Stock Up on Products That’ll Work Wonders for Your Locks
On the flip side of pulling a Marie Kondo, you should also add products that’ll actually work on your hair to your routine. Out with the old and in with the new. This should almost go without saying, but we wanted to make sure you didn’t toss out your entire hair supply and leave it at that.
Give Your Styling Tools a Little Love
From your straightener to your hairbrush, every tool you use on your strands deserves a good spring clean of their own. And we’re not just talking wiping them down—oh, no. Each and every styling tool deserves an intense cleaning of their own.
For brushes and combs, soak them in shampoo and then give them a rinse. Allow them to air dry. Though if you need to use them right away, you can always blow dry them with cool heat.
For heat-styling tools, give them a good scrub with soap and water (be careful of cords). You’ll really want to make sure you get any bit of gunk off them, so they can continue to work for you for years and years.
For your hairdryer, simply clean out the filter on the back to lengthen its lifespan.
Figure Out a Schedule
Now that you know what works for your hair, have the right products, and have given your tools some TLC, you can work on creating a schedule that’ll help you maintain healthy locks all year round.
Knowing everything about your strands will allow you to figure out how often to wash your hair, what to do when you use too much heat, how to care for it in between washes, and so much more.
This may seem excessive, to have a schedule dedicated to your hair routine, but it really will help you in the long run. And once you start doing it, it becomes much easier to work with.
Take a Break
One thing that’s incredibly easy to practice (and should be, now more than ever) is giving your locks a break. Even though we take as much care of them as possible, we do a lot of damage to them. From styling to coloring, they endure a lot so that we can look good.
Given we’re all safe at home, now’s the best time to give your strands the break they deserve. Wash them less often, avoid coloring them, and don’t style them unless absolutely necessary. They will love you for it.