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You’ve heard the expression, “Your summer body starts in the winter,” but did you know that your summer hair does too? That’s right, even though chilly temps are still in effect, spring is on the horizon, which means it’s time to start thinking of fresh ways to liven up your locks. From getting rid of dead ends to embarking on a journey toward lighter strands, it’s time to set your dream hair plans in motion—and test-drive some new looks—before the snow melts. Check out five summer trends to try during the winter and spring months.

Start lightening up your color ASAP

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to go from a deep espresso shade to an icy blonde hue overnight. Instead, kick off the slow-yet-steady lightening process now. Opt for a couple of shades lighter than your current color, then aim to lighten your hair every couple of weeks to keep your hair as healthy as possible.

Stock up on hair accessories

Warmer weather calls for more causal updos, such as high ponytails, messy buns and loose braids. Give your styles a fun pop of color with  “grown-up” hair accessories. Think: rhinestone barrettes, headbands, scrunchies and ribbons.

Kickstart hair growth

Much like it takes months to achieve the “bikini bod” of your dreams, you can’t grow mermaid-length locks overnight. Start amping up your haircare regime now by eating a diet rich in leafy greens, iron, healthy fats and zinc;  minimizing heat-styling; trimming off dead ends and applying a deep conditioning mask 1-2 times a week.

Play around with pastels

Why should you have to wait until winter ends to have a little fun with your color? Per usual, pastels are slated to be huge this spring, with edgy lilac and lavender hues leading the pack. Use wintertime as an excuse to try out different tones in order to find your perfect shade. By spring, you’ll be ready to flaunt your color all over town.

Commit to bangs

If you’ve always wanted fringe but are still hesitant to make the commitment, do it during the colder months! Why? Not only will the stormy days provide you with ample time to learn how to style your bangs (no easy feat!), but you’ll learn how often you’ll need a trim, which will help you make your plans during the busy summer months.

Perfect your braiding technique

Braids, specifically micro braids, are slated to be huge next season. And, unlike the messy, “undone” braids of seasons past, micro braids require a little more precision. Not sure if your skills are up to par? Start practicing your techniques now.

Amp up the shine

Glossy strands with mega-watt luster reigned supreme on the Spring 2019 NYFW runways. And luckily, it’s an easy trend to start sporting now. Load up on shine-boosting shampoos, conditioners, serums, and styling sprays. You can also pay a quick visit to the salon for a glossing treatment to liven up your color.  Giving your locks a much-needed refresh will get you out of your winter slump and ready for warmer days ahead!

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