We LOVE summer! But our hair doesn’t love it quite as much! Many factors such as UV rays or salt and pool water can quickly damage hair. By the end of the season, hair can be straw-like and brittle. The best remedy is to provide sufficient protection throughout the summer. Missed that boat? No problem! Fall is the best time to restore your hair to full shine, and to get it ready to protect itself against the winter elements. Follow these simple tips for the most effective care.
After-summer hair care
- Take care of your cuticles
The hair cuticle – the outer layer of the hair shaft – consists of overlapping cells. Its job is to protect the hair from environmental stressors such as light, and cosmetic treatments like colorants. However, the cuticle can get damaged in the summer, leaving hair looking brittle, dry and dull.
To strengthen the cuticle again, only one thing helps: Moisture. Use a moisturizing mask regularly. No time for that? Try a leave-in treatment. But it’s important you don’t overload your hair with care products. Tip: Use care products from the same series, and this is less likely to happen – they’re formulated to work together.
- New shine for your hair
Need a super shine boost? Try a tint aka a temporary color. Unlike permanent dyes, a tint washes out over time. Many tints contain nourishing ingredients – special oils, for example, that envelop the hair and make it shine again. Tip: Use care products designed to protect colored hair and keep your glossy tint as long as possible.
- Well-groomed ends
The end of summer is the ideal time to head to the hairdresser. Trying to maintain as much length as possible? Don’t worry. You don’t have to lose a lot of length. But if you let your dry, damaged ends go, your hair will look fresher and healthier overall. Tip: Two or three times a week, work a nourishing fluid into the ends of your hair - this will keep them smooth after being trimmed.
Winter is coming: How to prepare your hair for the cold
- Protect against dryness
The environmental stresses of summer are gone – but the cold can put a strain on hair, too. Heaters, cold wind or extended blow drying can dry out the hair – and cause split ends. Give hair a moisture boost by applying a restorative mask twice a week. Alongside this, use a regenerating shampoo and conditioner. Tip: When blow drying, aim only for the roots. Use a diffuser attachment to better control the temperature.
- Consider your diet
Your diet affects the health of your hair. Keep your vitamin levels high – it’s important for healthy hair growth. Foods such as salmon, mackerel, porcini mushrooms or avocados can help. All these foods are packed with Vitamin D. Bonus: You’ll also increase your body's defense against typical autumn coughs, colds and sniffles.
- Don’t give dandruff a chance
In winter, it’s common that skin can get a little dry and flaky. This is due to a number or seasonal factors – like going back and forth between ice-cold outside air to centrally heated indoor air. The good news: You can take steps to help prevent dandruff now. Care for your scalp by regularly applying a hair tonic. You can also treat a dandruff-prone scalp with special shampoos, which moisturize not only the hair, but the scalp, too. Tip: When blow drying, avoid using the highest heat setting. Better: Moderately warm air. This will avoid unnecessarily stressing out your scalp.