How to change your haircare routine for fall
We are now in the thick of fall, aka sweater weather. Just as you need to switch up your wardrobe for the colder months, your hair care routine should also change. The cooler weather brings dry, cold air, making your tresses frizzy, brittle, and more unmanageable. Luckily, we're giving you six tips to help you maintain healthy-looking hair throughout the entire season:
1. Add extra moisture
As your hair adapts to colder temperatures, it's vital to use a hair mask or change your shampoo and conditioner to keep your locks hydrated. Look for extra moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, and argan oil to condition ends and give your hair a healthy shine. Also, consider a biweekly deep conditioning treatment to combat tangles.
2. Get a trim
No matter the season, you should get a trim every 8 to 12 weeks to clean up your hair and eliminate split ends. This is especially important in the fall because a summer of sun exposure probably has left your hair damaged and fried. And the longer your hair is, the more susceptible it is to breakage.
3. Go darker
Summer is all about sun-kissed highlights, but as the weather gets colder, those will start fading away. Consider going a shade or two darker for the fall to help cover highlights and even out your hair color. And you don't have to go to the salon, either — you can easily dye your own hair to get a dark, rich brunette.
4. Apply serum
Hair serum is your best friend if you have dry hair, including a dry and irritated scalp. Many formulas tame frizzy hair and flyaways, enhance shine, smooth and protect against heat, and moisturize hair.
5. Don't wear a ponytail
While ponytails are great for hot summer days, they can cause hair breakage and put stress on your scalp. And because your hair gets dryer as the weather becomes colder, you should wear your hair mostly down to better protect it.
6. Use natural ingredients
Whenever possible, reach for haircare products that are all-natural. Why? Natural ingredients won’t strip your hair of oils like synthetic and alcohol based ingredients do. Look for moisture-rich ingredients like honey, coconut oil, and pro vitamin B5.
1. “5 Haircare Tips to Add to Your Fall Routine,” Good Housekeeping, September 12, 2014.
2. “5 Ways Your Hair-Care Routine Should Change for Fall,” Women’s Health, September 10, 2014