Fall can wreak havoc on our hair. The season’s cool temperatures can lead to dryness and breakage if we don’t take preventive measures. Fortunately, with a little extra TLC, there are ways we can protect our locks through the fall and winter months. Here are seven fall hair care tips to take into consideration.
1. Give the Ponytail or Bun a Break
Many of us live in a ponytail or bun during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, wearing your hair up can cause a lot of hair breakage. To reduce damage, try wearing it down more often.
Consider trying different hair accessories, such as a hat, headband, or a designer head scarf, to switch things up.
2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Cold weather can cause your hair to be extra dry, making it more prone to damage. Use moisturizing shampoos and deep conditioners for the extra boost of hydration it needs.
Try a moisturizing hair oil that contains argan oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil. Not only do these products add moisture, but they give hair a shiny, silky appearance. This can help reduce frizz, which tends to be a common fall problem.
Using deep conditioning hair masks is another excellentt way to moisturize your tresses. Leave it on overnight for the best results.
3. Use Heat Protectants
Since cold weather dries hair out, you’ll want to make sure you put some extra care into your locks when you use hot styling tools. Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and other hot styling tools can all cause heat damage.
To prevent your hair from breaking, be sure to use a heat protectant any time you use a hot styling tool.
4. Get Your Hair Trimmed When Summer Ends
Once summer comes to an end, it’s the ideal time to get a trim. It’s best to aim to get your hair trimmed every three months, anyway. But since your locks are probably damaged from the sun, chlorine, and heat, it’s more important than ever to get a trim as we enter the fall season. If you’ve thought about cutting it into a short hairstyle, such as a bob, now would be a good time.
5. Consider Getting a Keratin Treatment
You might want to think about adding keratin treatments to your fall hair care routine. Since cool weather tends to rob hair of its natural moisture, there’s no better time to schedule a keratin treatment, which hydrates it.
Keratin treatments help get rid of frizz. They can also make hair easier to manage, reducing the need for hot styling tools.
6. Rinse Your Hair with Cool Water
During the fall and winter months, many of us take hot showers. Who really wants to take a cool one when it’s cold out?
Keep in mind that it’s important to rinse your conditioner out with cool water. The reason is that cool water helps seal in your conditioner. Hot water can also dry your hair out, making it even more prone to damage. It can also lead to scalp dryness.
7. Don’t Forget About the Scalp
While fall can do a number on your hair, it can also affect the scalp. Dry scalp can lead to itchiness and dandruff.
Hair oils and moisturizing conditioners can both help with these problems, but you might need to try medicated shampoo or DIY dandruff treatments if the problem gets out of control. Some people also benefit from using a humidifier during the dry heat caused by fireplaces and other forms of indoor heating.
These are just seven fall hair care tips to take into consideration. Implementing these tips into your hair care routine can help boost hair health and make your hair look — and feel — more beautiful.