As we delve into fall, you might notice some hair damage leftover from the summertime. The change in seasons is the perfect excuse to switch up your hair care routine and give those locks some extra loving! Here are five key tips for preventing and repairing hair damage this fall.
1. Start Shampooing Less
You probably already know that over-washing your hair can strip it of natural oils and cause strands to dry out. Skin gets drier during cold months and the skin of your scalp is no exception. Washing your hair too frequently can cause the scalp to get dry, itchy, and flaky. Try using dry shampoo in between washes to keep oil at bay. Our favourite is the NEW Kerastase “Fresh Affair”. It is light, does what it says, your hair feels fresh and to boot it has a lovely perfume.
If you’re prone to dryness or flakiness, consider using special dry scalp or anti-dandruff shampoos. SACHAJUAN Normalising Shampoo and Conditioner are perfect for maintaining a healthy balance of your hair and scalp whole clearing up any itchiness.
2. Use Oil-Based Products
When your locks are feeling dehydrated and brittle in the winter, there’s nothing like a nourishing oil to add a surge of moisture. Natural oils that are good for your hair include argan, coconut, avocado, almond, marula, and macadamia. From shampoos and conditioners to leave-in products and treatments, there are hundreds of products on the market with these oils included in the ingredients. Whether your hair is curly, straight, fine, or thick, there is a nourishing oil product for you to use! 2 of our favourites are the ELIXIR ULTIME Oils that have a blend of Amla Extract, Argan and Corn Germ oils together with the sacred Marula oil and also the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil for finer hair types or the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil-in-cream for thicker types of hair, both of which are enhanced with Camelia oil.
3. Invest in Hair Masks and Deep Conditioning Treatments
Conditioning your hair regularly is a good way to keep it moisturized, but sometimes those locks need a little extra TLC. Deep conditioning products and hair masks are usually made of richer, more luxurious ingredients. This means the product can better penetrate the strands to treat dry, damaged hair from root to tip– not just the ends! Since deep conditioners are intensive products, it’s advised to only use them once every week or two. If you’re a fan of taking hot baths in the cooler months, apply your deep conditioner then and relax for 30 minutes. For a great deep conditioning option, keep a look out for the NEW Chronologiste from Kerastase available at Loyal Hair!
4. Use Leave-In Products
When you wash your hair and get out the shower, your work isn’t done. Leave-in conditioners are key when it comes to repairing and preventing damage especially with longer hair that requires extra care and nutrition for the lengths and ends. While these products won’t pack as much of a punch as deep conditioner will, it’s a quick, easy way to add moisture and nourishment back into your hair. Many leave-in conditioners also serve as heat protectants and detanglers, which means you won’t be causing excessive damage brushing through tangles or using heat styling tools. Check out the Thermique Leave-in Conditioners from Kerastase, there’s one for you no matter your hair needs.
5. Switch to a Deeper Hair Colour
Blonde hair is beautiful. The damage from lightening products can do is not. Swap your platinum locks for a deeper shade this autumn. Dark hair, coloured or natural, looks shinier and healthier than blonde hair. Lighter hair strands are more hollow looking than dark hair, causing light absorption rather than reflection. Since dark hair is often thicker, it can also hide damage, split ends, and fly-away hairs better than blonde hair will. When you lighten the hair, you’re removing the colour pigments out of it, but when you colour it deeper, you’re adding colour molecules. In addition to decreasing the look of damaged hair, dark tones look beautiful with autumn/winter colours and will always be on trend for the cooler seasons!
Revamp Your Hair for Fall!
Need some help saying au revoir to that summer hair damage? We can help you out! At Loyal Hair, we can treat you to a fresh haircut, new hair colour, or hair extensions. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment or book on-line so that you will feel refreshed and ready for the cool months ahead!