Sep 30, 2014

Prepping Your Hair for Fall and Winter: 8 Must-Read Tips

When most people associate fall with rich colors and romantic mood, I usually think about eventual problems with my locks. The change in temperature and humidity can really confuse your hair and cause numerous hair problems such as dryness, dandruff, fly-away hair and many others.

Moreover, in fall, I always face the results of sun exposure, and that’s why I consider fall the season of intense hair care. Even though fall hair treatment is somewhat easier than the summer one, there are some things you should know. Read on to learn how to prep your hair for a colder weather.

1. Get a trim

Getting rid of split ends is one of the first things I perform in fall. Brittle and split ends that have been damaged by summer rays are unlikely to recover. They are the most easily damaged part of our tresses, thus we should have our ends trimmed every two months to avoid fried and worn look. Getting a regular trim is a good way to enhance your hair and keep it healthy.

2. Go for oils and natural ingredients

This hair care ploy is not the season’s exclusive, but in fall and winter, your hair needs much more natural ingredients than ever. Intense summer heat, salt water and harsh chemicals of SPF sprays make your tresses straw-like and lifeless. By keeping your products all natural you prevent further dryness and itching.

I avoid using synthetic and alcohol-based products since they strip my hair of nutrients and damage natural protective layer of my scalp. Vegetable oils are another go-to component in hair treatment. Adding a few drops of coconut oil to my shampoo makes my locks supple and radiant. I also rub a few drops of oil in the ends, when my hair is a bit wet.

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3. Give it a tint

Summer always means sun-kissed hair with the natural effect of color blocking or ombré. Highlights look absolutely astonishing on brown-haired and blonde girls. However, my ends usually look two or three shades lighter than the rest of my hair and the effect is likely to fade out in a month. I opt for darker hues to even out my hair color and make the transition less visible. Plus, high-end hair color agents provide a good treatment for split ends.

4. Stock up on heat protectant products

While summer ponytails and other unpretentious hairdos are very sparing for your hair, fall always means excess usage of a hair dryer, iron and styling products, which are highly harmful to your locks. I’ve been using the flat iron for many years and I just cannot do it without a good heat shield to protect my hair. Not only do they keep my hair healthier, but also make my styling longer.

5. Opt for a clarifying shampoo

In fall, my hair gets greasy and limp faster due to the residues of sunblocks, salt sprays, and styling products. Moreover, ordinary tap water is a culprit of chlorine build-up. That’s why I want to start a new season by getting my hair professionally clarified.

If you cannot afford this costly treatment, invest in a good clarifying shampoo. By using a clarifying shampoo once every two weeks, you will get clean and shiny hair. However, clarifying shampoos are rather drastic, so be careful not to strip hair of color if it is dyed.

6. Moisturize

You remember that itchy, dry skin comes with the cold season. The same happens to your hair. Fall is a period when your hair needs extra moisture so it can adjust to the change in temperature. Deep moisturizing sessions work best after using a clarifying shampoo since your hair won’t feel heavy or oily. Moisturizing is essential to my tresses when I want to fight fly-away hair, which is the most annoying thing about cold weather. Jojoba oil masks and conditioners keep my hair hydrated and restored for a long time and help to avoid dandruff.

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7. Consider headgear

Only few people take the risk of getting outside without any headgear on crisp fall and cold winter mornings. Men are usually okay with all kinds of headgear while women have their hair pressed to the scalp, which results in a spoilt hair-do and bad mood. I opt for super-volumizing styling products to save my hair-do. Styling mousse and sprays are a must if you want to have your hair well-done after wearing a hat.

Fall is the perfect season for low sleek ponytails and braided hair. These hair styles are extremely easy to perform, and they look great even after an hour of wearing a hat. I also skip wool scarves and hats as they create static electricity, which is difficult to get rid of.

8. Massage

Probably this tip sounds a bit weird, but massage is what you need in fall and winter. Scalp massage stimulates blood circulation, hair growth and you will eventually get healthier hair and head. I usually use essential oils and boar bristle brush to perform the treatment. 10-minute massage before bed is the surest way to relax and fall asleep faster.

Sure, these hints are applicable to any season and most of them are well-known to you. But you will easily handle your unruly hair in fall and winter by the following simple tips mentioned above.

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