Whether you call it fall, autumn, “sweater weather,” or “pumpkin spice season,” every summer gives way to cooler temperatures and lower humidity that change the way you approach your haircare. But don’t mourn the end of warm weather! Think of the change in seasons as a time to recover from chlorine, sunscreen, and everything summer throws at your hair. Here’s how to keep your hair healthy this fall.
Keep It Dark
Highlights look great under the summer sun, but as the days get shorter and the skies get cloudier, it’s time to bid farewell to the blonde for the season. With less natural sunlight, those summer highlights will look as out of place in the fall as a sundress. Holding onto your highlights for too long also runs the risk of them becoming brassy and unnatural looking. Not only should you stop stripping color from your hair in the fall, you should embrace a rich brunette tone that supplements your natural hair color and complements all your best earth-toned outfits.
Pump Up the Volume
Autumn in Colorado is beautiful, but it means thin, cold, and dry air, which can be the enemy of finer hair. Those stiff breezes can go beyond giving you “that windswept look” and leave you looking disheveled. Volumizing shampoos and conditioners will help you avoid the worst of the wind, but remember—overapplying volumizing products or rinsing insufficiently can result in hair that sits too heavy on your head, thus appearing greasy.
Hold Off on Hot Showers
This one is tough. When you wake up on a cold November morning, the first thing you may want to do is start the day off with a hot shower. But what feels good in the moment may be bad for your hair. Too much hot water can dry out your hair, causing it to frizz. This doesn’t mean every day has to begin with a polar plunge, but consider topping off at merely warm water and leaving the steam to your coffee or tea. Your hair will thank you.
Lather, Rinse, But Definitely Don’t Repeat
If you’re avoiding the swimming pools and spending less time outdoors, your hair probably doesn’t need a daily shampoo. In fact, it may even appreciate a few days off. Over-shampooing can strip natural oils from your hair, forcing your body to overcompensate and make too much. This leaves you with dry, cracked hair, and days with hair that’s too oily. Consider shampooing every other day, or even every three to five days, but not daily.
For more tips on how to keep your hair healthy this fall, don’t hesitate to consult a hair stylist in the Denver area who can give you personalized guidance and product recommendations. Schedule an appointment for your next consultation or service today!