Autumn not only brings changes to our skin, but also to our hair. And just as we should change our skincare routine, our haircare routine should change with the weather, too! Woman’s Health Magazine sat down with Sasha Ivanovsky-Schow, stylist at Estetica Salon in St. Paul, Minnesota, to discuss how your hair care routine should change to keep it looking fresh for fall.
Amp Up Moisture
Skin isn’t the only this that gets itchy and dry with the colder weather. The same goes for your hair. “The transition between summer to fall is when it is vital to add a hair mask or change your shampoo or conditioner so your hair can adjust to the change in temperature,” says Ivanovsky-Schow. Look for extra moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil and buriti to secure hydration in your strands. She loves the Aveda Dry Remedy line ($118 for the kit, Aveda).
Use Natural Ingredients
Using all-natural products can prevent further drying your hair. “Natural ingredients are the go-to because they won’t strip your hair of oils like synthetic and alcohol based ingredients do,” says Ivanovsky-Schow. She likes L’Anza Keratin Healing Oil Intensive Masque ($56.61, FeelUnique.com) for extra hydration with natural ingredients.
Summer is synonymous with sun-kissed hair, with highlights a staple for pretty much all shades. But as your time spent outside shortens as the weather gets colder, those highlights will fade. Ivanovsky-Schow recommends beating nature to the punch by going a shade or two darker for fall. “Coloring it darker allows this transition to happen easier and evens out the color,” she says. If you’re not looking to splurge at a salon, check out their tips for how to dye your own hair to get a dark, rich brunette.
Invest in Volumizer
Lots of humidity = big hair. As the weather gets colder, the humidity decreases, which may cause your hair to go flat. Womp womp. Ivanovsky-Schow says she loves using Aveda’s Pure Abundance range ($21-$63, Aveda) in combination with Kenra Volume Spray ($17, Kenra) to give roots a much-needed boost. You may also want to give these 11 tips for voluminous healthy hair a whirl.
Try a Clarifying Shampoo
Summer can leave a lot of build-up at your roots – salt sprays, sunscreens, and sand can all cause greasy, limp roots. No bueno. Start the new season off right by giving your scalp a good detox by using a clarifying shampoo once every two weeks. Disclaimer: Ivanvosky-Schow says that clarifying shampoos are not made for those for color treated hair because it will strip hair of color. Color-virgins only. So if you go with tip three, skip tip five. For more info on this (and other things), check out 10 things no one ever tells you about shampoo.