Goodbye summer and hello fall! As we are in the process of switching out summer attire for cooler weather clothing, it is also time to look in the mirror and assess our hair. From color, cut and style, fall is a time for change; however, before you make your next appointment, first review your hair to see if you are a victim of sun damage to your mane from summer elements.
Rescue is on its way. I have tips on how to transition summer damaged hair to beautiful fall locks.
First, there are signs to look for that hair is actually damaged. When hair feels dry and tangles easily even when wet or when there are visible split ends and breakage, chances are you have sun damaged hair. Other symptoms include if colored hair fades quickly and a lack of elasticity.
There are four culprits to summer damaged hair:
- Not doing enough conditioning treatments, and/or not using quality shampoos and conditioners that target your hair’s specific needs.
- Over exposure to the sun.
- Overuse of heat styling: Blowdryer, flat irons, curling irons.
- Over washing hair.
Four tips to transition your hair from summer to fall:
- Skip your shampoo a couple times a week and just condition the ends.
- Use a leave in conditioner or treatment on the ends when you run errands or go to the gym.
- Always use sulfate-free/paraben-free products.
- For color treated hair, schedule a deep conditioning treatment and a gloss on your next salon visit.
What about hair care products? You might be wondering if any changes to your styling regimen should occur. The good news is that any products and styling tools can be used any time of the year, but it's best to use less heat styling during the summer months since exposure to the sun is inevitable. As seasons change, so do hair care needs, so it’s best to choose shampoo and conditioner formulas that address your specific hair care needs such as hydrating, nourishing, revitalizing or volumizing.
It’s never too early to start planning for next summer and to implement ways to prevent sun damaged hair. If you must blow dry your hair during hot months, I recommend you use the lowest heart setting, use a leave-in conditioner before blow drying and to use a protective spray to finish styling.
Another preventative tip includes limiting the amount of times you wash your hair each week. Use a dry shampoo in between washes to eliminate oil at the roots, which can buy you another day or two before having to wash your hair again. Let your hair air dry, learn a simple braid or pony style that you can wear every few days. Don’t forget to maintain your hair by scheduling monthly trims to cut off split ends.
A final seasonal tip? During the fall, wear your hair down more as it will keep you warmer during the colder months, and less damage from the sun will occur.
Jodi Dery, Co-Founder of ProfilePRO LLC, the creator of Cloud 10 Hair Care and HairRx – innovative, customized, and salon quality hair care lines. Jodi is also the founder and CEO of Cloud 10 Salons, located in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Florida. With a decade of experience in the spa industry [...]