When the leaves start to change and nights turn chilly, there’s no denying that autumn has arrived. We all look forward to the upcoming holidays and sweater weather, but the changing seasons can leave your hair looking less than lovely. Wind, cold weather, and forced air heating can zap hair’s moisture levels in an instant. Here are five tips to help you adjust your hair care routine before a bad hair day strikes.
Turn Down the Tap
When temperatures dip, most of us take longer, warmer showers. While our muscles may appreciate the added heat, hair isn’t a hot water fan. The increased heat can dry out your scalp and cause irritation as well as dandruff. And hot water also makes strands more brittle. Reduce the temperature in your shower to keep unwanted itchies at bay.
Baby Your Scalp
If your scalp feels itchy or irritated, it may be time to treat the problem directly. Excess product buildup is common, so it’s important to gently remove it, so your hair won’t suffer. Our Oily Scalp products contain mint extract to refresh your scalp and soothe irritation. Adding a once-weekly Oily Scalp Exfoliating Mask containing antibacterial propolis will keep your scalp’s oil and water balance in check while also calming inflammation.
Focus on Moisture
Since humidity levels tend to drop during autumn, your hair may be craving more moisture than normal. Add in exposure to forced air heating and gusty wind, and your tresses may be stressed. Fragile strands can benefit from antioxidant-rich shampoo that contains protein to repair existing damage. Our White Moss Normal & Delicate Shampoo combines plant-derived amino acids with keratin to infuse hair with moisture and protect it from dry conditions.
Minimize the Use of Hot Tools and Use a Leave-In Treatment
Sleek, shiny blowouts may be enticing, but they can damage your hair if done too often. Hot tools like blow dryers and flat irons reshape your hair’s natural structure, but when overused, they can strip essential moisture and lead to breakage. If you rely on these tools every day, be sure to apply a thermal protection product before styling. Our White Moss Normal & Delicate Protecting Fluid contains Inca and Linseed oils, which help fight frizz and maintain hair’s elasticity and moisture during heat styling. It also contains dimethicone, which makes the hair’s surface more heat-resistant.
Treat Your Tresses While You Sleep
Hot oil treatments were once a salon specialty, and for good reason. Plant oils can reduce frizz, dryness, and split ends. And the beauty of an oil treatment is that you can do it right in your own home. Simply heat a few tablespoons of coconut, almond, olive, or avocado oil in the microwave and apply it to damp, freshly shampooed hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the oil, and then cover your hair with a shower cap and wait 20-30 minutes before shampooing again. Bonus: If you’re too tired to do the entire process in the evening, simply leave the oil on overnight and shampoo in the morning.
Still not sure which product is right for your hair? Check out our comprehensive guide to hair care for more guidance.