How to Update Your Haircare Routine for Fall
We hate to say it, but summer is finally over. We are still enjoying a few sunny days reminiscent of the last laid back months, but colder weather is just around the corner. As you release your warmer layers and favorite fall recipes, you might want to consider updating your hair care routine for fall.
Just as cold, dry weather forces us to change up our skincare routines, so does our hair. Read on for the best tips on managing your precious locks and keeping them hydrated through fall. There’s nothing a hydrating hair mask and some scalp TLC can’t fix…even if the days get shorter!
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About the expert
Helen Reavey is a certified trichologist, celebrity hairstylist and scalp care brand founder Law+Acre.
What to know before updating your hair care routine
Updating your hair care routine doesn’t have to be difficult. We’re not asking you to do a complete overhaul of the products you keep in your shower or stop getting breakouts. Perhaps the best thing about hair is that it reacts positively to small changes in its environment. Your routine can benefit from the simple addition of a hair mask once a week or using a scalp exfoliator to remove product buildup and get better all-around benefits from your products.
“Curly hair tends to be drier and coarser in texture, so it’s important to know what products/ingredients to avoid in the fall. At the top of my list, sulfates like ALS and SLS should be avoided. They can strip the hair and scalp and dry out the hair further, making curls look frizzy and limp,” says Law+Acre Founder Helen Reavey.
The main thing to keep in mind is that we want to avoid dryness, frizz, split ends and unnecessary stress on our hair when the weather turns cold. This means making sure to never leave the house with wet hair (because the cold can dry it out too much), over-washing it, limiting tight styles and keeping heat styling to a minimum.
How to Update Your Haircare Routine for Fall
Detoxify your scalp
“I always reiterate the importance of taking care of your scalp like you do your face. So many problems and conditions (like alopecia, dandruff, etc.) stem from an imbalanced scalp biome, that can be restored with the right scalp care routine,” says Reavey.
You also come out of the summer months when SPF, messy buns, and dry shampoo were in abundance. Taking the extra time to ensure you have a smooth, clean and balanced canvas (your scalp of course) is extremely important. Otherwise, making good choices in other steps of your hair care routine is kind of pointless. Healthy hair starts with healthy scalp and hair follicles.
Reavey recommends using a gentle exfoliator to remove excess oil and product buildup once a week. You can also supplement with a scalp brush (try the one from Amazon) to massage the hair follicles and eliminate any accumulation of product and dead skin.
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Double cleaning when washing
We know what you’re thinking, but this step not stands for the age-old saying of “rinse and repeat”. It’s basically a waste of product. Instead, use a hair or scalp rinse before your shampoo. This will help break up product buildup and remove excess sebum and hair oils every time you wash your hair.
“Just like how we cleanse our skin twice, we should always cleanse our scalp twice. The first wash takes care of any oil, pollution and leftover product, while the second actually cleans and nourishes our scalp” , explains Reavey. Kérastase Pre Cleanse for a deep double cleansing that does not dry out the hair.
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Use a moisturizing hair mask
Who doesn’t love a good hair mask? What’s even better is how your hair feels after using one in the shower. Depending on how dry your hair is or if you want to protect delicate curls, use your best judgment when determining how often to use a hair mask. For the most part, once or twice a week should do the trick and avoid any unwanted dryness or frizz.
After shampooing, squeeze all excess water from your hair. This is essential as it prepares your hair to absorb as much moisture as possible from the hair mask. Then work the product from mid-length to tip and let it act for about 10 minutes.
“I love using our Revitalizing hair mask as a weekly deep moisturizing treatment, but it also works as an amazing conditioner substitute for those with particularly damaged and brittle hair,” says Reavey. You won’t need to follow up with conditioner. The hair mask will suffice as an intensive treatment. We also like the Kristen Ess Hydrating Reconstructing Mask if you’re looking for something a little lighter, it’s amazing for fine to normal hair types and won’t weigh strands down.
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Try a hair serum
When you think about the purpose of serum for your face, it is the product with the most active ingredients to take a targeted approach to your skincare goals. The same goes for hair. You should choose a serum based on your greatest needs, whether it’s nutrition, regrowth, scalp soothing or shine.
Regardless of the added benefits of the serum, its use will lock in moisture and promote healthy hair growth. You can probably apply it all over your head and hair, especially if it’s a scalp serum meant to soothe irritated skin or promote regrowth after hair loss. We will always recommend Vegamour GRO Hair Serum, specifically for those who want longer and thicker hair, but for everyone. This serum does more for your hair than any other on the market.
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Use hair oil
Dry ends are common in fall and winter. This comes from a lack of humidity in the air due to the cold. Excessive use of hot styling tools, hot showers, tight styles, and going out with your hair damp can also cause dry, brittle ends.
After washing, Reavey suggests using a light oil on the ends of the hair. We like it Ouai hair oil. “Not only will it make your hair shiny and nourished, but it will also lock in moisture from your cleanser and conditioner,” she says. What an easy way to update your hair care routine for fall.