Keep your hair healthy this Fall!
Fall is an interesting time of year. There are some people who love it, others who aren’t big fans. It’s cold out, it gets dark at 5 pm, it makes our skin crack and dry… but the weather isn’t just affecting our skin and mood: it’s also affecting our hair. Have you ever noticed your hair tends to feel drier, frizzier, or more prone to split ends during the wintertime? This is because the same moisture in the air that hydrates our skin during the summer also tends to hydrate our hair in away.
So, during the colder months like fall and winter, our hair reacts to the cold air the same way our face does, which tends to make it dry, dull, and lacking brightness. It’s important to make the necessary changes to our hair routine for the colder months, just like we switch our skincare routine. Here are some essential tips to help your hair stay soft, shiny, and well moisturized this fall.
Wear a hat or some sort of protection over your hair
It’s not always a good idea to wear our hair down and lose if the air is very cold outside. Putting a hat or scarf overtop can minimize damage, but certain materials such as wool and other harsh fabrics can also cause breakage. Opt for silk or satin-lined toques, beanies, or bonnets instead. This fabric is very gentle on your hair and will lead to less breakage and knotting.
Avoid washing and rinsing your hair with hot water
Really hot temperatures are just as bad for your hair as freezing ones, so make sure to wash your hair with lukewarm — or better, cold- water instead. If you can’t handle a cold shower, which is understandable if it’s fall, you can give your hair once the last rinse with cold water before you step out of the shower.
Add a leave-in conditioner to your routine if you don’t have one already
Leave-in conditioners are meant to be put in the hair after shampooing and conditioning but before styling and drying. They not only add moisture, but some ingredients also act as sealants: just as the name suggests, they seal the moisture in, making it easier for your hair to absorb and reap the rewards. Moisturized hair will look soft, shiny, and silky.
Deep condition once a week
This isn’t just a step that’s essential during the fall, but rather year-round. Deep conditioning with a hair mask will ensure your hair stays healthy, hydrated, and shiny. Hair masks are packed with nutrients, so when you’re deep conditioning, you want to make sure you leave it in for at least 10-15 minutes. This allows your hair to absorb the product. For better results, leave the mask in for around 30 minutes and place your hair in a shower cap to allow the extra moisture to seal in.
Avoid washing your hair every day
A lot of people might be under the impression that washing your hair frequently or every day is beneficial. This, in fact, is quite the opposite. Just like our skin produces natural oil to re-hydrate our face when it’s been stripped dry, our scalp follows a similar process. Washing your hair frequently can strip your scalp from its natural oils, in turn causing sebum to be overproduced. This not only leads to an oily scalp, but it will also dry out your hair. Try cutting your wash days down to 2 or 3 times a week. Trust me, your hair will thank you. So remember to keep your hair healthy this Fall!