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by: Better Not Younger
September 17, 2021
Your wardrobe choices and coffee order aren’t the only changes to consider when the calendar flips to fall. In between focusing on all those extra layers and the newest pumpkin spice confections, now’s the time to consider your fall hair-care routine. We’ve pulled together our favorite ways to bring your hair back to life after a long sticky summer, the fall hair products your tresses will love and tons of tips to help you begin your new fall hair-care routine today!
Before we dive into your new fall hair routine, we must first reverse any damage done to your delicate tresses after hours in the sun and all those dips in the pool. Let’s get started!
Summer is synonymous with moisture-sapped, environmentally damaged hair, so first things first when it comes to fall hair care: Schedule a session with a hairstylist to cut off frayed ends that cause hair to look fried and frazzled. Snipping off a half-inch or more will give your hair renewed life, a boost in bounce and surprising thickness. "Dusting" off the ends will also ensure your hair grows healthier and happier from this trim forward.
Healthy hair starts at the root, so the healthier it is, the better your hair looks and responds to styling and products. Coming off the sweat and oil of summer, it's imperative to begin a weekly scalp detox to get rid of any gunk that's accumulated at your roots. New Dawn Activated Charcoal Scalp Cleanser will clarify and exfoliate, ditching dirt and oils, without stripping your scalp skin. The end result is shinier, cleaner hair poised for better hair growth.
Like a wheatgrass shot for your hair, a creamy conditioning hair mask is equal parts perfection and protection. Use it weekly to deep treat your tresses and begin undoing three months of baked-in thirst while helping prevent any further dryness and damage from hot styling tools. A butter-rich mask will also help seal broken ends and protect against further breakage, which may give thinning hair a fuller look. Saturate strands from roots to ends with a Butter Masque while you soak in the tub or clean the house—you can even use it as an overnight deep conditioning treatment while you sleep. Some of the richest and most hydrating butters in nature will restore lost moisture and begin to heal hair breakage so you can expect smoother strands. Pro Tip: If your hair is fine or thin or you are prone to flat or oily roots, concentrate the mask on the ends of your hair to avoid weighing it down.
Fun in the sun can also do a number on your color—particularly silver, white, blonde and color-treated tresses. Sun, salt and chlorine can not only strip color and leave hair parched and bleached, but it can also oxidize your chic shade turning it brassy. Beat the brass with a violet-hued shampoo like Silver Lining Purple Brightening Shampoo, which can help neutralize any discoloration and even conjure a Prince lyric or two! But seriously, its cool color will cancel out any overly warm tones and refresh your amazing gray or whiplash blonde.
If you highlight your hair, color correction is also key. Now’s the time to consider a fall hair color makeover in the form of a deeper base or toned-down highlights. Rather than pull out color from already tender tresses, darker hair colors fill it with new pigments and conditioning agents that actually plump and revive strands so hair will appear instantly healthier.
Now that you’ve undone the damage of summer, it’s time to make over your hair care routine for fall. Here are our five favorite styling and hair-care tips to prep your tresses for the long winter ahead.
As you ease off the effortless days of summer, recommit to your hair with a fall hair-care routine that works. That means overhauling the products you’ve got, scheduling regular trims and making an effort each week to give your tresses TLC at home with the right shampoo, conditioner, mask and stylers. Why wait for the new year to start your hair resolutions? Begin now with a new weekly fall hair-care routine and you’ll have a crown of glory for all your holiday festivities.
Paying closer attention to your hair’s needs doesn’t mean washing it more. If anything, it’s a good idea to limit your hair washing to three times a week—tops! Especially as winter approaches, your scalp will be less sweaty and oily, and your delicate strands will appreciate less frequent contact with water, which is extremely drying and tough on color. Allow your own natural oils to work their magic and provide a little extra conditioning before lathering up.Pro Tip: A noncomedogenic dry shampoo will quickly become your best friend on days you don’t suds up. It not only refreshes tresses in between hair washings but helps to create volume and fullness, too!
One summer habit to hold onto for good? Back away from the blow-dryer as often as possible. Applying intense heat to hair, especially delicate aging hair, is one of the single most damaging things we can do to the ‘do! Limit your contact with any type of hot styling tools, and when you do use heat, don’t forget to prep your hair with No Remorse Heat Protection & Taming Spray. Easily one of your new favorite fall hair products, it contains vitamin E and other nourishing oils to help shield each strand from heat as high as 450 degrees—so don’t feel guilty if you’re the queen of the curling wand.
As we swap sweat and humidity for crisp fall days, we say sayonara to frizz and, for better or worse, all that volume that comes along with it. This is often a good thing for some (hi, curly girls!), but not so much for others. If you fall into the latter category, add your own thickness and volume with Lift Me Up Hair Thickener. Its precision nozzle delivers easy right-at-the-root application so you get more lift where you need it most. Use on damp hair or to refresh already styled strands. And because volume starts in the shower, if it’s lift you’re lacking, partner your styling products with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner.
Just as with your skin and nails, what you eat and drink has an impact on the health of your scalp and hair. (Fun Fact: Trichologists and nutritionists have been known to study hair to see what’s going on internally and make personalized recommendations.) Shiny, supple hair is generally a sign of good overall health and hair care. However, nutrient deficiencies contribute to hair that looks dull, dry and thin—and poor overall health and nutrition is linked to hair loss. If you haven’t already been doing so, now’s the time to load up on legumes for iron, zinc and biotin; fish for omega fatty acids, protein, vitamin B12 and iron; and dark leafy greens for vitamins A and C. You can also supplement with Significant Other Hair, Skin & Nails gummies, which are packed with biotin, vitamins and minerals to help strengthen your roots so hair grows healthy and strong from the start. And if you’re dealing with thinning hair, our Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum is another superhero to summon. This award-winning serum helps rebalance scalp oils, reverses follicle fatigue to promote new hair growth and contains oleanolic acid, which is known for having DHT-inhibiting properties that can be associated with hair loss.
Now that you’ve got a handle on your new fall hair-care routine, we couldn’t part ways without sharing a few final styling tips and hair tools designed to help your tresses look their best all winter long.
While there’s no need to channel Marcia Brady with 100 brush strokes every day, daily brushing has its perks, including even distribution of natural oils (aka sebum) from scalp to ends, exfoliation and scalp stimulation. Like dry brushing for your scalp, this one move can improve shine, smoothness, elasticity and growth. Grab a boar-bristle brush and gently move through dry hair from root to tip before you shower or go to sleep. For the curly girls among us, try using a wide-tooth comb on wet hair.
As tempting as it is to sweep up longer hair into that go-to ponytail, pass on the pony as part of your fall hair routine. The old faithful style standby can cause breakage and scalp stress, which is the last thing your aging tresses need coming off of summer rehab and heading into the drier winter months. Instead, try slipping on a chic headband or letting your lovely locks flow. If you must pony up, go for a low version, secured with a gentle elastic.
As simple as it sounds, try pressing your fingertips into your scalp and rubbing in circular motions. Massage has proven benefits, from boosting your spirits and instantly relieving stress to improving circulation, and rubbing your own scalp can help to energize it and stimulate the follicles as well. Bonus: Not only will you feel better, you’ll be helping to improve your scalp’s ability to absorb the treatments you apply.Pro Tip: Our Superpower Liquid Comb offers another great way to treat your scalp to a massage. Designed to encourage micro-stimulation, it also effortlessly delivers all the powerful benefits of our Superpower Serum directly to your roots.
Tell Us: Are you ready for your new fall hair-care routine? Share your favorite fall hair products and tips in the comments below!