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Happy SEPTEMBER. Summer is obviously over now I guess, and I can’t complain. Bring on the PSLs, comfy cardigans, and moodier colors amiright??
But one less-than-stellar thing that comes with cooler temps are the leftover effects of a sun-soaked summer on your hair. Sun might leave your locks a bit more golden and highlighted, but UV exposure also breaks down proteins, weakening it and making your hair look duller and more blah. It can get drier and brittle, becomes more susceptible to split ends, and is even *more* vulnerable in sunlight when it has seen bleach, dyes, or other chemical treatments.
My hair color naturally reacts quite a bit to sunlight, but it definitely also reacts to all of the above that accompany the year’s hot middle months. I like having my hair down, longer and as luscious as possible for fall and winter, so I’m always on the hunt for ways to just boost overall hair health while still keeping my hair routine as simple as possible. Ya feel?
It’s time to get your mane into tiptop shape for fall, because the best things happen in fall, and your hair deserves to get on that level, too. A few healthy hair tips for you right now…
It’s easy to get frustrated – especially the longer your hair gets – and just try to rip through quickly to get a job done. BUT. You’ll end up literally ripping your hair, leaving lots of flyaways, broken hairs, and less vavavoom. Be geeeeentle, and it’ll pay off in the long run (with longer, healthier hair!).
Brush it out.
I’m at the point where I can wash my hair only twice a week. The night I wash, though, my hair is borderline *gross*. It gets the sock bun treatment and typically comes out a dirty, knotted mess half-resembling something a small animal would call home. But running straight to the shower means it’s just going to get soaking wet…still in a knotted mess. To make sure your locks don’t end up just breaking all over the place, brush through your hair before washing. Brushing wet hair (unless you’ve got yourself le Wet Brush) stretches it out and causes breakage, so just get the deed done *gently* ahead of time.
Take care of your Scalp.
Summers are harsh on your scalps, too! And it’s way too easy to forget to give your scalp a little TLC. If you weren’t regularly putting sunscreen on your scalp, you might now be left with some dryness – even sunburn! Hair products don’t protect the scalp; it’s skin that needs sun protection just like the rest of your body. Having a drier scalp as aftermath could damage the roots of your hair, and ain’t nobody got time for that. Scalp skin is also actually the same skin we have on our arms, legs and rest of our bodies; it’s got the exact same structure and function. You wouldn’t (or shouldn’t!) skip cleansing and moisturizing the skin on your face and body, so your scalp needs that lovin’, too.
If you’re on the hunt for products to accompany your increased attention and care now, CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ products focus on nourishing the scalp, for strong, beautiful hair and not just the body and ends. 99% of hair’s natural strength and beauty comes from the scalp; the right products are essential for your scalp care to ensure a healthy, full-bodied mane. Especially with fall being thiiiiiis close, it’s time to boot up and start now to get your scalp in shape. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ compares it to soil to a tree – a well-nourished scalp is the right foundation for strong, beautiful hair. Massaging your scalp while shampooing is another healthy practice to take up, as it stimulates blood cells on your skin’s surface, potentially strengthening your roots and kickstarting hair growth.
Which brings us to…
Shampoo & Conditioner 101:
I haven’t always followed the rule, but I swear I’m getting better at it. What rule? Using shampoo and conditioner from the same line. Their formulas are made to work together, so your best bet in getting the results you want is by considering which combo of shampoo and conditioner is meant for your hair type, color, and overall lifestyle. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner keep hair resilient to dryness for 24 hours of more hydrated locks. They’re infused with cactus extract, which is a known natural hydrator, and they’re clinically proven to help replenish the scalp with essential hydration if you’re using the duo regularly. Additionally, the CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ shampoo and conditioner is formulated with Nutrium 10™ – an advanced moisture complex of vitamins and nutrients including vitamins B5, C & E, sunflower, almond, soybean and coconut oils, glycerin, and aloe vera.
And the stuff smells amaaaaazing, and actually *still* smells amazing by the time your next wash rolls around.
A deep conditioning treatment is clutch to use once a week, especially when you’re trying to moisturize the living daylights outta your hair to counteract the sea salt, chlorine, and UV rays that were on attack all summer long. Use a leave-in conditioner that contains zinc oxide for best results, and really let your locks soak it up and re-hydrate.
Air dry versus blow dry.
Really, just nix the heat altogether whenever possible! If you are able to let your hair air dry after a wash, do it. Then, instead of battling it with a straightener, curling iron or wand, try working with your hair’s natural texture and playing with that to give it a break. But, some days we’re just totally crunched for time; when air drying just isn’t an option, invest in an ionic blow dryer (and ionic tools across the board where you can find them). Ionic blow dryers generate negative ions – this helps dissipate water – and help keep the cuticle layer of your hair smooth, reducing frizz and leaving your hair shiny and smooth. #yesplease While ionic dryers often work at cooler temperatures to begin with, keep your dryer on the coolest possible setting to really reduce damage as much as possible and maximize shine and frizz reduction.
Get tied up…
…loosely. If your hair is still suffering summer damage, the last thing you want to do is put unnecessarily tight tension and create breakage points. If you’re going to throw your hair up, whether it’s for studying or sleeping, do it loosely and with one of those oversized 90’s scrunchies to keep things soft and squishy.
Along with getting all tied up, get creative and mix up your up-do’s! Not only will it look fab and add expertise to your personal hairstyling repertoire, but it’ll keep you from constantly reverting to the same ‘do with tension from hair ties in the same place. Example: If you always go for a high pony with a tight hair tie on the top of your head, you might be constantly having a sore spot where things are most tense. Instead, opt for an easy braid, and secure with a little loose elastic at the very end of your braid; extra tension is more okay since it’s where you’ll likely snip ends at your next trim, anyways!
Aaaaaaaaaand VOILA! You’re 8 steps closer to having healthy hair for fall.
How do you get healthy hair for fall after a sun-soaked summer?
Leave your best haircare tips in a comment below…I’d love to see what works for you! And also pleasepleaseplease let me know if you like these sorts of information-packed hair&beauty posts. If you do and tell me, it lets me know to schedule a few more in my editorial calendar for upcoming months! Cheers.