After a summer of sun, sweat, and sea (if you actually managed to get away from your desk), you can expect your hair to be in need of some major TLC. Limp locks, split ends, dry scalp. And now fall is upon us. Cue plummeting temperatures and cranked up central heating – hardly conducive to healthy hair.
“I think there’s a trend towards awareness of hair condition and overall hair health,” says master colorist Josh Wood. “After such a long time with no color treatments or minimal styling, people have felt their hair in a different condition, so awareness of damage is greater.”
So, how can we damage-proof our hair as we move into fall? Here, the experts weigh in.
1. Lock in moisture with hydrating products
“The rise and fall in temperature can quickly whip out moisture, leaving hair feeling flat, parched and fragile,” says Michael Lendon, creative director of Aveda. To remedy this, it’s important to integrate hydrating products into your hair care regime and keep shampooing to a minimum. This is where your leave-in conditioners and nourishing overnight treatments come in. Take, for instance, the Aveda Nutriplenish Leave-in Conditioner, which uses a combination of plant-based ingredients to replenish the hair for up to 72 hours. Or the Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Conditioner, which blends vitamins, oils and naturally sourced manketti nuts to deliver moisture without weighing the hair down.
A top tip? John Paul Scott, from Salt Studio London, recommends keeping a mini leave-in conditioner in your bag so you can top up throughout the day. For maximum moisture, he also recommends a good overnight mask, such as Bumble and Bumble’s Invisible Oil Mask or the Overnight Damage Repair Masque.
And, if you really want to give your hair a fighting chance, avoid harsh chemicals and silicone-based products. Opt instead for serums and oils like Leonor Greyl’s L’Huile de Leonor Greyl.