Healthy Hair Habits for Autumn
By Phemelo Segoe
Summer seems to be bidding us farewell which means, cooler weather is on the horizon. Similar to our skin, cooler weather requires a change in our hair regimen.
Autumn and Winter are harsh on our hair so adjusting treatments to these cooler temperatures is key for maintaining hair health and overall appearance.
How can we prepare our hair for autumn (and winter)? Here are a few ways to protect your hair:
1. Cut the shampoo
Shampooing hair is great for removing excess product buildup and sweat. But when cool weather comes along, shampoo can strip your hair of essential moisture leaving it dry and prone to breakage. To combat this, we rely on the ever-faithful conditioner! So give your shampoo a break this season.
2. Put the heat on ice
It’s no secret that heat has a profound drying effect on your hair and so does cool weather so since we cannot change the weather, we have to change our habits. Reduce your use of heat to an absolute minimum to try and keep as much moisture in your hair as possible. To avoid having to use heat for styling, get a protective style to keep your hair nicely tucked away.
3. Deep Condition More
Say goodbye to ‘wash and go’s’ and hello to deep conditioning. Depending on your hair type, retaining moisture in cooler seasons can be an even bigger challenge than usual. High porous hair is especially at risk of becoming dry and breakable in Autumn. Deep conditioning moisturizes and strengthens hair. It increases hair’s elasticity while helping our hair maintain the right pH balance. The immediate benefit of deep conditioning of course is, it softens your hair making it more manageable until your next wash day.
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4. WearMore Hats
Hats are the easiest way to protect your hair from the cold. Just make sure that you line your hats with satin. Otherwise, materials like wool can absorb moisture from your hair, leaving it flat and dry. Here is a video on how to line your own hats with satin. You’re welcome!
5. Eat for your hair
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again, what you do on the outside needs to go hand-in-hand with what you do on the inside. What you put into your body makes what you put onto it that much more effective. Consuming foods that are loaded with hair benefits is the way to go! Foods that are great for your scalp and that keep your hair follicles healthy include eggs, berries, avocado, dark leafy greens, honey, salmon and lemons.
Make sure Autumn doesn’t creep up on you and leave your hair in tatters. Amend your regimen accordingly and enjoy healthy hair all year round!