Fall is here and isn’t she beautiful; a carpet of orange leaves glistening on the sidewalk and the smell of pumpkin spice in the air. As much as we love this time of the year we dread it too, because of the change in temperature and humidity your hair tends to get dry and look a bit unhealthy. We have come up with a game changing hair care routine that you need to try out to prevent having “fall hair”.
- Keep your hair moisturized
The number one hair care rule to remember is to keep your hair and scalp moisturized. This not only prevents dandruff and flakiness but also keeps your hair looking vibrant and healthy.
There are plenty of hair treatments that you can purchase and you should try and treat your hair at least once every 2 weeks.
If you’re in the mood for a quick DIY treatment, we’ve got a great hair care recipe and here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- A dollop of your favorite hair conditioner
- A shower cap
Mix all the ingredients in a microwave safe container and heat up in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute (the mixture should be warm before applying to your hair).
Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp gently and cover with a shower cap.
Leave in for 45 minutes- 1 hour
Rinse your hair thoroughly with shampoo and allow to dry.
- Don’t over wash your hair
Shampooing your hair too often strips your hair from natural oils and proteins. The natural oils in your hair promote healthy hair and prevent dryness. Try to shampoo your hair twice, at most thrice a week, besides oily hair is easier to style- you’re welcome! However, if you have really oily hair then make use of a dry shampoo instead.
- Avoid extra hot showers
It should be noted that hot showers tend to dry out the hair and skin, so even though it might be a cold day you should definitely take a warm or cool shower instead of a hot shower. Warm/ cool water prevents hair from breaking and being brittle, which is something we all want to avoid. This hair care tip is great for summer as well!
- Snip the tips
A lot of us are extremely guilty at this; we’re lazy to visit the hairdresser for a quick trim. Many people are under the misconception that you should only trim your hair if you want it to grow out. Trimming the hair doesn’t stimulate or affect the hair follicles it simply prevents split ends and dryness. A trim every 6-8 weeks is essential in any healthy hair care routine.
- Dry air means dry hair
There’s nothing like coming home and switching on the heat after a long cold day to warm up. When the heat in your home increases the air obviously dries out, which leads to dry skin and dry hair. A great fix to this is problem is to buy a humidifier. A humidifier increases the level of humidity and helps alleviate everything from a dry nose to dry hair.
- Cut down on the heat
Try and air dry your hair as often as you can, but if you’re in a rush or just prefer using a hairdryer make sure to use the coolest option available and always make use of a heat protector. There’s no doubt that heat damages the hair so ensure that the hairdryer is a couple of inches away from your hair at all times.
- Eat good food and stay hydrated
This goes without saying; eat well and drink a lot of water. Make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly. Biotin is one of the best sources for attaining healthy hair, so eat more almonds, salmon and avocado.
- Brush your hair once it’s dried
A huge mistake many people make is brushing wet hair. When hair is wet its softer, thus it gets damaged a lot easier and falls out more. Always allow your hair to dry completely before brushing it out.
- Give your hair a break
Winter is a good time to stop coloring, bleaching and perming you hair to prevent any further damage. If you must color your hair, go for darker shades as your hair will look healthier and this also requires a lot less maintenance.