After long summer months of exposure to sunlight, UV rays and salt or chlorinated water, your hair may be looking a little worse for wear. Here’s how to get it back on track:
AVOID MOISTURE LOSS
Just like your skin, your hair needs moisture to stay shiny and healthy. Washing your hair every day can strip it of the natural essential oils it needs to stay healthy, so wash every other day in not-too-hot water, and if your hair is prone to greasiness, try using a dry shampoo before you brush it in the morning.
Another great hair care tip is to consider using a leave-in conditioner, and rinsing out your normal conditioner with cold water can also help to seal the cuticle, which will promote shine. Hair serums can help combat frizz flare-ups and using an uber-deep-conditioning hair mask once a week can also instantly rejuvenate dry, lifeless locks.
KEEP UP THE UPKEEP
Shampoos made from natural ingredients are much better for your hair than those loaded with soap and other chemicals, and it’s also a good idea to treat your hair to a monthly clarifying shampoo, which will remove build up caused by product use.
Dry, brittle hair is prone to breakage, so blot wet hair gently with a towel to avoid tangles, and use a detangling spray and your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to detangle it.
Combing your hair from root to tip every night can also loosen up dry skin on your scalp, increase blood circulation and distribute your hair’s natural oils, which can help moisturise the hair shaft.
If you’re a blow-drying fan, avoid brushes with harsh bristles that can damage hair, and use a heat-protecting spray before drying, curling or flat ironing which will shield your hair from damaging heat.
KEEP THINGS SIMPLE
There’s no need to be too high maintenance during the week, which is why buns, plaits and top knots are perfect for Autumn – they prevent cold weather damage, plus saving time in the morning means you can snuggle in under that doona for just a little longer!
Knotted ponytails are fairly easy to do, however keeping them low means you can don a cool weather hat as well – leave a few soft tendrils framing your face, or a little bouncy texture if your hair’s naturally straight.
Soft winter fabrics like fleece, wool and cashmere also call for softly textured Autumn hairstyles. Simply sweep your hair into a loosely waved ‘half and half’ number, then braid your hair in the top section to create a little head turning interest.
Prefer a slicked back style? Blow dry moussed hair with a vent brush, then direct everything straight back. Once completely dry, push up the crown for more volume, then use some heavy-duty hairspray to keep everything in order.
Even better? Go au natural. Ditch the hair dryer and the straighteners and simply embrace your hair’s natural beauty. After washing and blotting away excess water, comb through gently, apply a serum to control frizz, then leave your hair to dry naturally.
CREATE HEALTHY HAIR FROM WITHIN
Probably the easiest healthy autumn hair tip you can practice that will lead to beautifully hydrated hair is to practice good nutrition. Protein-rich foods like yoghurt, nuts and seeds, eggs, and lean turkey or chicken can help strengthen hair, while foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon can add gloss and shine.
Dark leafy vegetables like kale and spinach which contain iron and vitamin C and A will keep your tresses super strong, and of course, drink lots of water!