Not only does hair growth significantly slow down in the fall and winter months, but your hair also faces an onslaught of environmental damage during this season.
In order to keep your hair looking and feeling its healthiest, here are eight hair care tips to follow now that fall is here.
1) Keep the Ends of Your Hair Moisturized
You have likely already noticed that the ends of your hair get so much drier and more brittle than the hair closer to your scalp.
Have you ever wondered why this is?
It all comes down to the natural oils, known as sebum, that your scalp produces, which are designed to keep hair moisturized and conditioned.
When your scalp produces these oils, they slowly work their way down from the shaft of your hairs to the ends.
However, in the fall and winter months, it takes longer for this to happen, especially if you are washing your hair too frequently as well. This can then leave the ends of your hair looking and feeling dry and brittle, while also making them more prone to breakage.
Wondering how to keep the ends of your hair moisturized?
Firstly, as mentioned above, don’t shampoo your hair too often. When you do shampoo it, make sure that you concentrate the shampoo at the roots, avoiding bringing it down your strands. The rest of your hair will still come into contact with the shampoo when you rinse it away, and this will prevent the shampoo from drying your ends out too much.
A conditioning oil can also help to keep the ends of your hair hydrated, but the oil you choose should depend on your hair type:
- Argan Oil – extremely popular for hair care, this oil is packed with fatty acids and vitamin E, making it ideal for those who have dry or frizzy hair
- Coconut Oil – this oil is suitable for all hair types, and will help to strengthen your locks
- Macadamia Oil – rich and intensive, this oil is perfect for those with dry or damaged hair
- Abyssinian Oil – a lightweight oil that is great for fine hair, as it won’t end up weighing your hair down
- Baobab Oil – suitable for all hair types, this oil contains a wide range of fatty acids and vitamins, not only for moisturizing your hair but also for improving elasticity and promoting hair growth
If you have especially dry hair, it may be beneficial to apply some of this oil to your roots too.
For those with a naturally oily scalp, keep the oil to the ends, avoiding your roots, as you don’t want your scalp to end up overly oily.
2) Shampoo Your Hair Less Frequently
How often do you wash your hair?
If your answer is every day, or even every other day, now is the time to rethink this.
Because each time you wash your hair, you strip it of its natural oils.
With the outside air turning drier in the fall, your hair really needs these oils in order to stay hydrated, moisturized and protected from the environment. Washing your hair too frequently will end up leaving it dry, and your scalp is likely to start flaking too.
So, how often should you be washing your hair?
Every two days at most, but try to keep it to every three days in the fall and winter. Don’t wash your hair unless you really need to, such as if it is visibly oily or you know that it contains product build-up.
When it comes to the shampoo that you use…
You may want to switch to a richer and more nourishing formula in the fall, especially if your hair is prone to dryness. Anti-dandruff shampoos can also be helpful, not only in treating dandruff but also when it comes to preventing this from occurring in the first place.
3) Use a Boar Bristle Hairbrush
The hairbrush that you use can have a huge impact on the health of your hair, especially in the fall when your hair becomes drier and more fragile.
The best brush to use on your hair is a boar bristle brush, a natural material that has been used for hair care for centuries.
What makes a boar bristle brush so great?
A number of things, including:
- Conditioning – the structure of boar bristles means that they are extremely effective at carrying sebum from the roots of your hair down to the ends of your hair, helping to keep your hair conditioned and shiny
- Improved Hair Texture – boar bristles bring out the best of your hair texture
- Reduced Frizz – thanks to the way in which it spreads sebum through the hair, you will notice less frizz after using a boar bristle brush
- Reduced Hair Washing – again, this is due to the way in which boar bristles spread sebum through the hair. This prevents the oil from building up on your scalp, meaning that you won’t need to wash your hair quite as much
One thing to keep in mind when using a boar bristle brush is…
Make sure that you de-tangle your hair with another brush or comb first.
Because boar bristles aren’t great at de-tangling, and may even exacerbate the tangles. Instead, use a comb or brush to clear away any tangles, before switching to the boar bristle brush to condition your hair
4) Cut Back on Heat Styling
For those of you who use heat styling tools on a daily basis, this isn’t a tip that you’re going to like…
The heat from styling tools can cause so much damage to your hair, especially in the fall when your hair is naturally more fragile.
Wondering how the heat actually damages your hair?
Well, not only does it remove any moisture from the surface of your hair, but it also sucks out the water from within your hair. This makes each strand much more brittle and rigid, meaning that when a strand of hair bends, it may end up cracking and breaking rather than bouncing back into shape.
The best way to avoid this is by cutting back on how often you use heat styling tools, and look for some alternatives instead.
When you do need to use heated tools, make sure that you always use a heat protective spray. These are best applied to damp hair and then brushed through, so that they coat every strand and protect them from the heat. They also strengthen your hair, enabling your hair to stand up to the heat in a much better way.
Heated styling tools that enable you to have full control over their temperature can also be beneficial. This means that you can adjust the amount of heat that your hair receives, choosing a lower temperature during the cooler months. This might mean that it takes longer to style your hair, but the healthy head of hair you will experience from this will make that more than worthwhile.
5) Wear a Loose-Fitted Hat
Warm hats are always popular once the temperatures start to drop, because not only do they provide the hair with some extra protection from the environment, but they also help to keep the head and ears warm.
While this may be the case, some hats can also really play havoc on your hair.
It all comes down to the way in which tight hats cause static electricity, which not only damages your hair but also gives you hat hair, meaning that you will likely spend more time than usual styling your hair again after removing your hat.
Fortunately, the solution is simple…
All you need to do is make sure the hat you are wearing is of a looser fitting style. Whether this may be a beanie, a beret or anything else, ensure that the hat does not hug your hair too tightly, in order to prevent the static electricity from being produced.
Still experiencing static with a looser hat?
One other thing that you can try is lining your hat with satin or silk. This will help to prevent friction, and will also enable your hairstyle to bounce back into place quicker once your hat has been removed.
6) Use a Weekly Hair Treatment
Hair treatments are fantastic, because they provide the hair with an intense dose of moisture and nutrients, and can really help to keep hair hydrated and healthy.
Never used a hair treatment before?
There are a few different types available, such as:
- Moisturizing treatments
- Strengthening treatments
- UV-protecting treatments
In the fall, the best type of treatment for your hair would be a moisturizing treatment, as these will not only help to rebalance the moisture levels in your hair, but will also help to repair any damage that has been caused.
Hair treatments can either be carried out at home or in a salon, with each one having its own set of advantages. While at-home treatments are less costly, and also enable you to use them at a time that suits you best, a salon will be able to properly assess your hair and ensure that you are receiving the treatment that will be most beneficial to you.
7) Always Fully Dry Your Hair Before Stepping Outside
If you have washed your hair in the morning and find yourself late for work, you may be tempted to rush when it comes to drying your hair, stepping outside while your hair is still damp.
While you may be able to get away with this in the summer months, this is something that you need to stop doing now that fall is here.
Well, when wet hair comes into contact with the cold fall air, it causes the hair shafts to expand. Not only does this lead to a much higher chance of breakage, but it also means that any hair dye color will end up fading so much faster.
If you don’t have time to thoroughly dry your hair in the mornings, it may be worth saving your hair washing for the evenings, at least during the fall and winter months.
8) Start Using a Hair Serum
Hair serums are becoming increasingly popular, and always tend to be used more in the fall and winter months.
Because the way in which they coat the surface of each strand of hair provides protection from the environment, not only from the weather but also from pollution, dust and other unwanted particles.
Thanks to their growing popularity, there are now so many different hair serums available on the market, with different products designed to suit each hair type.
For best results, a hair serum should always be used on freshly washed hair. Since the purpose of a serum is to protect the hair from dirt and other forms of environmental damage, using it on dirty hair simply defeats this purpose. If you feel as though your hair could do with a serum touch-up during the day, this is absolutely fine, so long as your hair was clean when you first applied the serum.
Once you have washed your hair, make sure that you massage the serum in well, not only into your scalp but also the rest of your hair. Then, brush it downwards to help de-tangle your hair and spread the product through even more.
Wondering how a hair serum differs from a hair oil?
Well, hair oils are designed to penetrate into the hair shaft, meaning that they can change the structure of your hair. On the other hand, serums treat the surface of your hair, giving this moisture and protection.
Your hair will definitely need some extra care during the fall, especially as winter draws closer. Rather than experiencing dryness, flakiness and brittle strands, keep these eight hair care tips in mind so that you can keep your locks as healthy as possible through the colder seasons.