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Why Hair Care Should Change with the Seasons

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June 18, 2018
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Just as you swap wardrobes as a new season arrives, you should also evolve your hair care. Think about it. You wouldn’t wear flip flops in a snowstorm because they don’t offer the protection you need. For the same reason, using a too-light conditioner when the air is cold and drying won’t give your hair the care it requires. Here, how seasonal changes impact your strands, and what tweaks you can make to your regimen to help your hair adapt.

When it’s cold and dry

Dry air can lead to dry hair. It’s really that simple. Using an extra-moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is an obvious strategy, as is adding a weekly deep-conditioning hair mask. When we are creating your custom hair care, we take into account where you live and what time of year it is. So, when it’s February and your home is in Minneapolis, we’d likely load up your formulas with extra-hydrating additives, such as honey, and a medley of oils like argan, sacha and jojoba.

A lack of moisture can also weaken hair because it makes strands more brittle and apt to snap. Thus, wintertime formulas at Prose may also include strand-strengthening ingredients like silk proteins, and a cocktail of collagen, hyaluronic acid and lilac.

When it’s warm and humid

Since there’s increased water in the air, your strands—especially if they are very porous thanks to chemical processing or frequent heat styling—will suck up that moisture and expand (that’s a euphemism for frizz). Damp air may also increase moisture on the scalp and create a breeding ground for bacteria.

To combat the former, choose hair care with ingredients that smooth and close the hair’s outer layer, known as its cuticle. Doing this will make it more difficult for your strands to take in extra water and become fuzzy. At Prose, one of our best frizz-fighting ingredients is Porphyra Algae, which helps to seal the cuticle and keep it shut even in sticky weather. Hair care formulas that contain hair-repair ingredients also combat frizz because they reinforce weak spots (a.k.a. holes in your individual strands) and minimize how much moisture can sneak in. Some of our most effective strand-strengtheners include collagen, lilac and hyaluronic acid, which work together to repair damaged and weakened hair, and keep out unwanted water.

To minimize the inflammatory impact of bacteria on the scalp, be sure to use a shampoo formulated to deep-clean scalp skin. Pomegranate Peel is one of our favorite ingredients to add to shampoos during the summer because it effectively deep-cleans without over-drying scalp skin.

When it’s extra sunny

Abundant sunshine can occur year-round in some parts of the country (Los Angeles), while others don’t see much sun until the summer (Seattle). Regardless, if the season you’re in is dappled with sun, UV protection should be part of your hair care plan. Why? Similar to their impact on your skin, UV rays can dry out and weaken your hair. Wearing a hat whenever possible and avoiding direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. is oft-repeated advice, and it does work (even if it isn’t always practical). An easier-to-implement idea: Use hair care products that counteract the negative effects of the sun. When we’re designing formulas for a client in a sunny climate, we’ll often infuse it with wheat and soy amino acids plus arginine to minimize the drying effects of heat; coconut and karanja oils to provide an extra protective (and hydrating) layer, and oat lipid and sunflower seed extract to shield your hair color and minimize oxidation and fading.

 

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Comments

  1. Lorrie Losapio

    I would like to reorder, but if possible would like to make my formula even stronger against frizz. I would also like to add oil to my order, but I don’t seem to be able to do that. please let me know how to make these changes.

    1. Hi Lorrie! Happy to hear that you’ll be reordering! Please contact our Customer Service team by emailing hello@prosehair.com and they’ll be able to answer those questions for you. Thanks!

    2. Do you have Somewhere you sell to in tve UK? I so badly want to try it x

      1. Thanks so much for reaching out and for your interest in Prose, Katie! At the moment, Prose is only available in the United States. That being said, we hear you and we’ve noted your interest. We’re quickly expanding, so please stay tuned ❤️

  2. I just used your products for th first time. Do you al have any styl products?

    1. Hi Jane! I hope you’re loving your Prose so far! The only styling product we currently have is our custom hair oil, however, our R&D team is always working on new and exciting projects. Keep an eye out!

  3. I used my products for the first time today. My scAlp and hair feel DIFFERENT Good DIFFERENT ‼️ I feel lighter, cleAner and HEALTHIER. Thanks, i hope it CONTINUES,

    1. Hi Donna! That’s amazing! We’re so glad to hear that you’re already having happy hair days after just one use. What a great way to start off our week, thank you for sharing!

  4. I’ve ordered your products twice and I LOVE Them but was just wondering if you change THE Formula automatically based on the seasons or if i have to request a CHANGE?

    1. Great question, Shirley! While your fragrance doesn’t automatically change with the seasons, you can always change your preferred fragrance by heading into your consultation and making a different selection. If you have any questions, just let us know.

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