With summer on the way out and the weather cooling, easy-breezy hairstyles may need to be put on hold until spring sprouts some warmer weather again. And although autumn can be a beautiful season in Australia, it, unfortunately, can wreak havoc on your hair. Frizzy, dry and brittle hair can be banished though with a little bit of planning and some lock-loving TLC. Not sure how? Here are our top hair care tips for autumn.
#1 – Avoid Moisture Loss
Just like your skin, your hair needs moisture to stay shiny and healthy. Washing your hair every day can strip it of the natural essential oils it needs to stay healthy, so wash every other day in not-too-hot water, and if your hair is prone to greasiness, try using a dry shampoo before you brush it in the morning.
Another great hair care tip is to consider using a leave-in conditioner, and rinsing out your normal conditioner with cold water can also help to seal the cuticle, which will promote shine. Hair serums can help combat frizz flare-ups and using an uber-deep-conditioning hair mask once a week can also instantly rejuvenate dry, lifeless locks.
#2 – Keep Up The Upkeep
Shampoos made from natural ingredients are much better for your hair than those loaded with soap and other chemicals, and it’s also a good idea to treat your hair to a monthly clarifying shampoo, which will remove build up caused by product use.
Dry, brittle hair is prone to breakage, so blot wet hair gently with a towel to avoid tangles, and use a detangling spray and your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to detangle it.
Combing your hair from root to tip every night can also loosen up dry skin on your scalp, increase blood circulation and distribute your hair’s natural oils, which can help moisturize the hair shaft.
If you’re a blow-drying fan, avoid brushes with harsh bristles that can damage hair, and use a heat-protecting spray before drying, curling or flat ironing which will shield your hair from damaging heat.
And after long summer months of exposure to sunlight, UV rays and salt or chlorinated water, your hair may be looking a little worse for wear, so a great Autumn hair care tip is to book in a haircut (or at least a trim) every six to eight weeks to get rid of dry, split ends.
#3 – Preserve Your Colour
For the most natural finish, make sure you only go two shades darker or lighter when colouring your hair, and to make your roots less noticeable as they grow out, ask your hair stylist to add some highlights in two complementary shades that blend with your natural hair colour.
Hair care tips to follow between appointments include up-keeping colour and shine with specialised colour-treated-hair treatments, blow drying on the lowest heat setting to stop colour fading, and using sulphate-free hair care products that won’t strip colour.
#4 – Freshen Up Your Look
Need a new look to help you get through the long months of winter? A host of celebs have recently outed some amazing new dos that will add a little sunshine to the dreariest of your days. Blunt, retro-inspired cuts are hot this year, as seen on Margot Robbie. Angular and edgy, they are long enough to be styled up or down.
Would you love to try a bit of a 70’s number? Victoria’s Secret Angel, Elsa Hosk, proves that hipster haircuts can look just as glamorous in 2018. Her style is all about layers – from her long fringe to her flippy ends.
Another hot topic when it comes to autumn hair care is the comeback of the fringe. However, if you’re not quite ready to dive on in head-first, why not consider Angel Sara Sampaio’s look which features a subtle side-fringe and long face framing layers?
Or a wispy fringe like the one on Selena Gomez’s current look – choppy and side-swept, they’re an instant style transformer.
Or for an even edgier look, why not go for a micro fringe? Emma Watson pulls this look off beautifully, regardless of whether or not you believe her stylist is a little too scissor happy!
#5 – Keep Things Simple
There’s no need to be too high maintenance during the week, which is why buns, plaits and top knots are perfect for Autumn – they prevent cold weather damage, plus saving time in the morning means you can snuggle in under that doona for just a little longer!
Knotted ponytails are fairly easy to do, however keeping them low means you can don a cool weather hat as well – leave a few soft tendrils framing your face, or a little bouncy texture if your hair’s naturally straight.
Soft winter fabrics like fleece, wool and cashmere also call for softly textured Autumn hairstyles. Simply sweep your hair into a loosely waved ‘half and half’ number, then braid your hair in the top section to create a little head turning interest.
Prefer a slicked back style? Blow dry moussed hair with a vent brush, then direct everything straight back. Once completely dry, push up the crown for more volume, then use some heavy-duty hairspray to keep everything in order.
Even better? Go au natural. Ditch the hair dryer and the straighteners and simply embrace your hair’s natural beauty. After washing and blotting away excess water, comb through gently, apply a serum to control frizz, then leave your hair to dry naturally.
#6 – Create Healthy Hair From Within
Probably the easiest healthy autumn hair tip you can practice that will lead to beautifully hydrated hair is to practice good nutrition. Protein-rich foods like yoghurt, nuts and seeds, eggs, and lean turkey or chicken can help strengthen hair, while foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon can add gloss and shine.
Dark leafy vegetables like kale and spinach which contain iron and vitamin C and A will keep your tresses super strong, and of course, drink lots of water!