Autumn Haircare 101
As the leaves change and the air becomes crisp, autumn brings us breathtaking landscapes and cozy sweater weather. However, for many of us, it also ushers in a common hair woe – frizz! The shift in humidity and temperature can wreak havoc on your tresses, leaving you with an unruly mane. But fear not, we'll guide you through the steps to tame frizzy autumn hair and share some product recommendations to help you achieve sleek, smooth locks all season long.
Understanding Autumn Hair Frizz
Before we dive into the solutions, it's essential to understand why your hair might be frizzier during the autumn months. The culprit is often a combination of factors:
- Changing Weather: Autumn typically brings lower humidity levels, which can strip moisture from your hair, causing it to become dry and frizzy.
- Temperature Fluctuations: Moving between the chilly outdoors and heated indoor environments can create static electricity, leading to frizz.
- Wind and Rain: Windy and rainy weather can exacerbate frizz by disturbing the hair's cuticle layer.
Now, let's get into the steps to tame and manage your autumn frizz.
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
To combat dryness and frizz, focus on deep moisturization. Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner to infuse your hair with moisture. Look for products that contain natural oils like argan oil or shea butter, as they can help lock in moisture.
Our favorites to share are Pureology's Hydrate Sheer Color Safe Shampoo and Conditioner for fine dry hair and Enjoy's Luxury Color Safe Shampoo and Conditioner for anyone with thick, coarse, or unruly hair.
2. Use a Leave-In Conditioner
Leave-in conditioners act as a protective barrier against environmental factors that can lead to frizz. Some can also provide a bit of control by smoothing out flyaways and keeping your hair conditioned throughout the day. Apply a small amount to damp hair before styling. If you blowdry, this is also a great way to prep your hair. Our team members at Han's Beauty Stør personally use Unite's 7 Second Detangler whether it's fine, coarse, short or long hair! If your hair is very dry and no matter what you use it always seems to be frizzy, try Zerran's Equalizer Leave- In, a botanically based, 100% vegan, paraben free product that has done wonders for curly hair.
3. Weekly Hair Masks
Give your hair a weekly treat with a hydrating hair mask. This extra dose of moisture can replenish and repair your locks, leaving them silky and manageable. For those with fine or thin hair, try Macadamia's Weightless Repair Masque or Redken's Frizz Dismiss Intense Smoothing Mask for stubborn frizzy hair.
4. Avoid Overwashing
Overwashing can strip your hair of natural oils, making it prone to frizz. Aim to wash your hair every 2-3 days or as needed, using a sulfate-free shampoo to gently cleanse. If you feel like 2-3 days is not enough, before moving on to washing more often, try a clarifying shampoo 1x or 2x a week to give your hair a deep cleanse or reset.
5. Styling To Tame Flyaways
Sometimes no matter what we use in the shower, the season's difficult weather can still wreak havoc and this is where a styling product comes in to play to help shape and hold your look as best as possible. If you're curling, straightening, or blowdrying, consider using Olaplex's No. 9 Hair Serum before and after as a heat protector and to add some manageability. The weightless serum not only helps tame frizz and static but also gives control to your hairstyle in case windy or rainy weather comes in to surprise us.