As the seasons change from summer to fall and you start to spend more time indoors than outdoors, it’s time to consider making some changes to your hair care routine. Additionally, you might be thinking about changing those blonde highlighted locks to a pretty red or purple to go with the new season. No matter what you’re thinking, here are some ways to keep your hair looking great this fall.
Keep Your Scalp Clean
The key to keeping your hair looking great this fall is keeping your scalp clean. Sweat, oil, and product buildup can build up on the scalp and cause hair to appear dull and lifeless. To avoid this, wash your hair regularly—no less than every other day. If you shampoo too often you’ll remove natural oils and if you go too long between washings, your hair might start to look greasy.
Stick to your hair care routine. Keeping your hair looking great is a matter of consistency, and more than anything else, consistency means sticking to your hair care routine. If you spend an hour every night in front of the mirror brushing through your long locks, then you know that skipping even just one night can mean a big difference in the quality of your hair’s appearance. Don’t be afraid to give yourself some extra time in the morning if it means making sure you don’t miss any steps.
Treat yourself to a deep conditioning treatment. Deep conditioning is a great way to keep your hair hydrated and strong. It can be done as often as once a week, but not more than that. Read the instructions on the bottle.
Some deep conditioners require you to apply a small amount of product, leave it on for several minutes and then rinse out. Other products will say something like “leave in overnight” or even “in as long as possible” before rinsing out. If you don’t have time for this step every day, invest in one of those convenient no-rinse formulas like leave in conditioner for curly hair that already contains the right amount of conditioner so all you need to do is towel dry or blow dry your hair after applying it.
Protect Your Hair From Heat Styling Tools
If you use hair dryers for the morning routine, make sure you spray on some heat protectant to keep your hair from getting damaged. To protect your hair from heat styling tools, use a heat protectant spray, serum, balm, or cream. It will help to keep your hair shiny and soft by sealing in moisture.
Use Hair gel or Mousse Instead of Hairspray
Hair gel or mousse is a great alternative to hairspray. Both types of products will help hold your style and keep it from going limp during the day, but they won’t leave your hair feeling sticky or crunchy like a traditional hair spray. And unlike hairspray, both products can be used on wet or dry hair. These can help reduce flyaways and frizz.
Keep Your Tresses Hydrated
Your hair needs hydration just like the rest of your body. Apply a leave-in conditioner to help it stay hydrated. Your locks will also look shiny and healthy. Another thing you can do is to give your hair deep conditioning treatment. A deep conditioning treatment is basically like a mask that you leave on for up to 15 minutes before rinsing it out—a great way to give your locks an extra boost of moisture as they get drier in the fall/winter months.
Lastly, grab yourself some good quality oil. Like masks, oils are essential tools for keeping those pesky split ends at bay and adding shine back into lackluster strands after all that summer sun exposure. Some examples include coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. Put a drop in your hands, rub your hands together, and then start applying at the ends of your hair first.
Avoid Brushing or Combing Wet Hair
One of the worst things you can do for your hair is to comb or brush it when it’s wet. Brushing wet hair can cause breakage and split ends, especially if you’re using a stiff-bristled brush. Brush your hair when it’s dry and then wash it and use a good conditioner.