Fall is a beautiful time of the year, with falling leaves, cooler air, pumpkin spice, and spooky decorations. The humidity and heat of the summer months have dissipated, and the crisp air has been ushered in. Although your hair is probably thanking you for the reduction in humidity, dry air has its own set of problems when it comes to your hair. Here are a few easy ways to ace your hair care routine in the dryer months.
When the colder winds start to blow, there is nothing better than a nice hot shower. Unfortunately, hot water decreases the natural moisture from your scalp. One trick to avoiding dry hair is to avoid hot water. Use lukewarm water instead to clean your tresses. Although you might miss the long hot shower, your hair will thank you with a healthier shine.
The healthier your hair is, the more resistant it will be to drying and splitting. Keeping your hair trimmed is a great way to care for hair during the dryer months. Experts recommend getting your hair trimmed every six months to avoid split ends and help your hair keep its shape.
When the air turns dryer, it is important to use tools that will lock in moisture to your hair and not dry it further. The Signature Pro Styler is made of tourmaline ceramic that creates negative ions, locking in moisture and repelling frizz. With even heat distribution and high-speed heat recovery, you will also spend less time styling, which is also helpful when the air is dryer.
When you dry your hair, it is important to use the lowest heat setting possible in order to avoid further damage to your hair. Towel dry or air dry most of the way, and make sure to use a heat protectant like Fresh Start Protective Prep and Primer. This will condition as it helps your hair maintain moisture, a necessity when the air is dryer. Pairing the heat protectant with the 1900 Nano Lite Pro Hair Dryer is the perfect tool to lock in moisture, reduce frizz, and eliminate static. With its 3 heat settings, you can choose the lowest one to avoid overheating your hair, and since it reduces drying time by 50%, you will spend less time drying overall.
With summer’s heat and humidity, you may have gotten in the habit of washing your hair every day to get rid of sand, grease, saltwater, and suntan lotion. But now that the weather has cooled off and you are probably not quite as sweaty every day, all that washing can actually dry your hair out. Although it sounds counterintuitive, slowing down on the washings can give your scalp time to manufacture its own natural oils to keep your hair and scalp moisturized. If you feel like your hair is greasy, you can always put on a hat!
If your hair is damaged from treatments or colorings, Neo’Bond is the perfect solution. Neo’Bond is a 3-step system that prevents damage before it can begin, creating new bonds in your hair and repairing damaged bonds. Your favorite stylist will use Steps 1 and 2 right at the time of your coloring or treatment, where it will begin to hydrate your hair. Step 3 is a conditioner you use at home, to create the supple, elastic feel that makes your hair healthy and manageable.
In the summer, you probably think nothing of pulling your hair back in a high ponytail to get it out of your face. But when the air is dryer, your hair will be dryer too and you will need to be more mindful when pulling your hair up. Even buns and braids need to be dealt with carefully so you do not cause damage or breakage to your hair follicles. Use a looser style and a gentle elastic hair tie to avoid extra damage.
This Satin Finish Conditioning Treatment will treat and repair your hair, penetrating into your hair rather than just sitting on the surface. With silk proteins and hydrolyzed silk, it will penetrate deeply into the cortex, repairing and strengthening your hair. Commit to this treatment once a week and you will see more supple moisturized hair.
Although this last tip doesn’t seem like it has much to do with your hair at all, you actually create healthy, nourished hair from the inside out. It stands to reason that the healthier you are, the healthier your hair will be. Dr. Bergfeld from the Cleveland Clinic says “adding iron, vitamin D, vitamin C, and sometimes vitamin A is very important. We also frequently recommend an H-vitamin called biotin because it seems to help hair and nails.” Eat a balanced diet with a plethora of vitamins, and your hair will thank you!
With dryer air upon us, take some time to rethink your hair care strategies to capitalize on moisture retention and keep your hair supple, hydrated, and robust. Hair health is not just one big thing, but many little elements that work together to create healthy, beautiful hair. And when the fall winds blow, that is just what you need!