How kind it was of the fashion gurus to make “beachy hair” a seasonal trend? Each year, as the waves roll in and the sun shines fiercely overhead, our tresses maintain a crinkly, disheveled appearance that, when paired with a sundress and sandals, is the epitome of beach babe chic.
The men partake in this treasured pastime as well; foregoing haircuts in lieu of trips to sandy shores, letting their locks (and sometimes even their gray) grow out in order to achieve a certain surfer dude appeal. Well done, ladies and gents of summer!
However, you’ve officially boogie boarded your way through another season of split ends, half wet/half dry styles and that ombre thing that happens when you go too long without dying your roots.
You might not even realize this, but rocking carefree summer hair happens to be a great way to give your locks a break from chemical processing, letting each strand restore itself. This is why the messy look holds such a powerful position on the runways. Your hair in its natural state is, actually…healthier. But summer’s over now and you’re expected to fall right into autumn styling which means vibrant colors, sharp, cascading layers, pixie cuts, extensions and other hair splitting procedures.
Here’s How to Clean Up For Fall While Keeping That Healthy Shine
Firstly: Repair Your Hair from Sun Damage
Just because you went au naturale doesn’t mean Mother Nature didn’t bring a little heat of her own. Your roots might not be over processed, but if you played hard over the summer months, chances are they’re sun damaged.
Here’s the fix: Before you even schedule an appointment with your favorite hairdresser, be certain you undergo self-applied sun damage treatment to your precious locks. This means moisturizing, conditioning the ends and working out the tangles utilizing organic hair care alternative products.
Next Step: Don’t Just Dive Into Chemical Color
Fall hair is known for its eye-catching hues, but that doesn’t mean you need to jump right into a headful of foil or a bottle full of bleach. Consider chemical-free alternatives like henna, herbatint or homemade hair color recipes for starters. Adapting a more natural method to coloring will give your hair even longer to recuperate and if/when you do decide to go with a chemical dye, you’ll have the chance to start fresh, making your color options virtually limitless.
Finally: Do Get A Fresh, New Cut
Whether you’re going pixie, lob or layered, you can approach autumn with confidence by changing up your cut either a little or a lot (depending on how daring you are). Cutting your hair is another sneaky replenishing technique disguised as a trend, so go ahead and have a snip at those split ends and add volume with long layers.
Studies show that regular trimming and snipping will make your strands healthier and, ironically, longer in the overall thick of things. Other habits that wreak heaven or havoc on hair include:
Smoking — Havoc
It doesn’t just wrinkle skin. It also dulls and thins hair by damaging hair follicles. And let’s not forget the smoky smell that so often lingers in the hair throughout the day.
Organic Eating —Heaven
Organic foods—especially fruits and veggies—are great for adding volume, length and shine.
Adding Fruit and/or Veggies Directly to Your Hair –—Heaven
This technique has been applied since ancient times. In fact, renowned ancient beauty Cleopatra had quite the reputation for bathing in milk, claiming that it enhanced her hair and skin.
Now that your hair is autumn approved, it’s time to step up your seasonal wardrobe. When rifling through your closet and that cool weather bin in the basement, what will you toss, what will you keep and what will you change up this 2015? Let us know in the comment section below.
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