Fall is in the air, and you know what that means! Time for bonfires, football, and of course- pumpkin spiced lattes. Another great aspect of fall weather is the benefits it has to offer our natural hair. The cooler weather aids the hair shaft in maintaining a closed cuticle leaving it smoother and shinier. Additionally, the cooler temperature is actually less damaging to our hair and scalp than the intense heat of the summer. After all, summer is the time of year most of us gals like to spend more time outside, go to the beach, and wear ponytails. All of these activities can wreak havoc on our delicate locks due to the UV rays of the sun, salt of the ocean water, and tension on our edges from the constant up-dos.
With that being said, fall offers all of us the perfect opportunity to take a time out and embrace our natural hair texture. Taking advantage of the laid back fall season to boost your hair health will also help strengthen and prepare it for the upcoming winter. Try adding the following steps to your hair care routine to help keep your hair hydrated, healthy, and shiny!
Performing an intensive repair treatment aka deep conditioning is important any time of year but especially as temps transition from hot to cold. The cool air can leave your strands looking and feeling dry, frizzy, and brittle. A deep conditioning treatment will amp up the moisture, repair damaged strands and cuticles, and replenish your hair’s elasticity leaving it soft and strong. A weekly treatment is vital to maintaining a healthy head of hair that you will love all year round.
Let’s face it ladies, while the moisture levels from the frequent rainfall are great for natural hair, the frizz that comes along with it is nothing to be excited about. Investing in a quality leave-in conditioner will not only keep your tresses and extensions tangle-free and hydrated, it will tame the frizz! Leave-in conditioners are an easy way to give your hair the moisture it needs in between regular washing and conditioning. A quality leave-in conditioner will be lightweight, add body to your hair, and even treat the scalp with essential vitamins and antioxidants that strengthen and protect.
While using a sulfate-free, hydrating shampoo and conditioner are great steps in maintaining moisture levels, with the cool air and high winds in the mix, locking in that moisture is a must. This is accomplished through the use of hair oils such as argan oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil-all of which, are nourishing, non-greasy formulas that get down into the hair follicles treating them from the inside out. Adding a moisturizing oil to your hair regimen will help keep your hair hydrated, healthy, and shiny during the harshest weather conditions.
Giving your hair a break from constant styling, coloring, and manipulation means letting it “free to be.” Protective styling literally protects your hair from the harsh elements and breakage, encouraging growth retention. The most popular form of protective styling is that of hair extensions. Hair extensions allow you to still achieve the looks you want without further damaging your own hair. So, while your hair is given the opportunity to rest, you can easily and quickly add length, color, and style by using hair extensions. Check out these amazing style transformations for inspiration when considering your next creative hair goals.
While there is so much to love about the fall season, it does come with its own set of challenges when it comes to hair care. By implementing the tips above you are not only promoting your own natural hair health but the same techniques can be used on your Perfect Lock hair extensions to keep them looking their very best throughout any season.