Summer is officially over and fall is here. Whether you’re Team Summer or Team Fall, one thing is sure. A new season means it’s time to reassess your hair and beauty routine. Fall’s colder and drier weather, plus less sunlight, call for more moisture, more volume and maybe even a different hair color. See 6 super-easy tips to help you upgrade your daily hair routine this fall.
6 Ways to Upgrade Your Hair Care Regimen for Fall
In colder, drier weather, your hair needs extra moisture. (Duh!) Use a deep conditioner several times a week, depending on your hair type (coarse or curly hair usually needs more moisture than fine, thin hair). A good deep conditioner locks in moisture and gives your hair healthy shine.
Or go for a deep conditioning mask treatment once a week. For a good at-home DIY mask treatment, combine equal parts coconut oil and honey. If you have longer or thicker hair, you may need more, but you should need no more than 1/4 cup. Leave the mixture on your hair for about 20 minutes. Wash it out with a mild shampoo and condition as usual.
Hint: if you don’t have honey at home, you can apply the coconut oil alone, recommends Leo Izquierdo, co-founder of Miami’s IGK Salon. Work a little oil through the hair and use extra oil at the ends. Then leave in the oil for a few minutes while you shower. “The steam will activate the mask,” he says, “and really allow it to penetrate deep into your hair. Wash out with a gentle shampoo and conditioner and your hair will be visibly softer and shinier.”
Turn Off the Heat
Minimize your use of the heat styling tools like curling irons and straighteners. When you do use them, use a heat protectant first.
Yes, this heat hiatus includes your blow-dryer. Skip the heated hair dryer at least once a week to reduce breakage and restore shine. Instead, towel dry with a super-absorbent microfiber towel. Then, Izquierdo recommends spraying hair with coconut water to help control frizz or flyaways and add shine.
Add piece-y texture to hair without heat-styling by braiding it overnight, suggests Aaron Grenia, of IGK salon in NYC. “The braids will give you that undone texture and perfect waves. Warm a small amount of coconut oil in your hands and apply to clean, air-dried hair. Part hair and work two pigtail braids on each side. Lightly add more coconut oil in the morning to separate and really showcase the texture.”
Break Up with Breakage
Use damage-free elastics or a no-tangle holder like Invisibobble in your hair to minimize hair damage. Get regular trims every six weeks to remove split ends.
Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase instead of cotton. The natural fibers in cotton cause friction and friction is a no-no when it comes to reducing damage and breakage, maximizing healthy-looking length.
Less sun means fewer natural highlights. Don’t fight the changing seasons. Trade in sun-kissed highlights for warm shades that suit your natural coloring. Sasha Ivanovsky-Schow, a Minneapolis hairstylist, recommends going one to two shades darker in the fall to match the color fade that will happen naturally. She explains, “Coloring it darker allows this transition to happen easier and evens out the color.”
Dark isn’t just for brunettes. Here are some colorist-approved upgrades depending on your natural color:
Blondes – Try very light highlights on the top of your head. Then add one-shade-darker neutral tones underneath.
Redheads – Add highlights and lowlights in shades of copper and rose gold.
Brunettes – Go for auburn and gold lowlights and highlights.
Turn Up the Volume
Summer humidity means big, even frizzy hair. But when the air gets drier, thin hair goes flat. To boost volume in the colder months, spray your roots with a good volumizing spray.
Or apply a good hair fibers product to thin strands, which will add instant volume that looks natural. Bonus: hair fibers cover gray and fill in thinning areas, just in case you’ve seen a little more hair fall lately.
Detox Your Hair
The salt, chlorine and sunscreen of summer all adds up to build-up on your roots. This leaves hair looking greasy and limp. Cleanse your scalp and reset for fall with a good clarifying shampoo every two weeks. But beware! Many clarifying shampoos are not color-safe, and can strip your strands of your new, warm, brown haircolor.
A more color-safe, DIY hair hack for clarifying is probably already in your fridge. Baking soda actually helps remove any trace of styling products or conditioner build-up. Corey Tuttle, a Honey hairstylist, suggests mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of white vinegar and work the mixture through hair all the way down your strands. Then rinse thoroughly. Repeat every six weeks.