Fall is finally here! Can you believe it? Summer is officially over, but it definitely left a mark on our hair. From the warm sun blaze to the long summer pool days, our hair could use a little help recovering. We teamed up with Amy Hutchens the first ever contributor at Barefoot Blonde. She is a beauty expert, so we had to ask her what she recommended to get our hair nice and healthy for fall and winter.
Summer can be really hard on your hair for many different reasons, including:
1. Swimming in chlorinated water, salty ocean water (which is extremely drying), or dirty lake water. Obviously we know that chlorine screws with your hair color (anyone have the green or brassy affect?).
2. Then you're washing your hair more often, in hard water, because you’re getting your previous swim out.
3. And unless you always air dry your hair, after that you're using hot tools (blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron) to style it.
4.You're also sweating more (water, salt, proteins) which is dehydrating to your hair and damaging to your scalp.
5. On top of the water damage, the sun can cause UV damage to your hair. It can dry it out, causing more fraying and splitting. It will also affect the hair color-- meaning, your dye won't last as long. Also, your blondes can get brassy.
6. On top of UV damage to your hair, it can obviously be damaging to your scalp, if you sunburn. You MUST protect your scalp. You don't want dry summer dandruff or flaking.
7. If you live in a humid climate, you have a whole different beast to tame in the summer-- you have to deal with added "weight" from the thick humid air, weighing your locks down. Then the added frizz and unwanted wave or curl you get from the humidity.
Summer is basically a big heat fest that dries out your poor strands and scalp. So my tips are thus:
1. Start and end the summer with a trim. It can be very minor, you don't have to chop it-- but start and end with a trim.
2. Before swimming (in any kind of water, but especially the chlorinated pool) soak your hair with clean water first. Dry hair is like a sponge. So if you dip your dry hair into the chlorine infused water, it will soak up more. If you first soak it with clean water, it won't have room enough to soak up the damaging water.
3. You're going to want to protect the color from brassiness. For a purple shampoo, my favorite is the Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo. You're also going to want to target the chlorine damage that will cause green hues. I love these scrubbing crystal packs. They also have scrubbers for hard water damage, too.
4. Lay off the heat. As much as you can, air dry your hair. Also, handle your wet hair gently. Wet hair can stretch and snap easily. Don't throw your wet hair into a tight top knot when wet-- be gentle with it. When brushing, also be gentle not to pull and stretch your hair. Use a brush safe for wet hair and If you opt for air dried hair, use a wave spray, such as the OUAI Wave Spray.
5. Apply sunscreen to your scalp always. My favorite is the Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Also, apply UV protection to your actual hair, to maintain its moisture levels and color vibrancy. I like the Phyto Protective Sun Oil.
6. Give yourself a weekly shampooing that has a scalp detox in it. Meaning, something that will remove the dead skin, sweat buildup and other dirts and toxins. The Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt is the best. If your scalp has been burned and is still sensitive, use a gentler option such as the Devacurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum.
7. Also, because you're combating the dry heat, a weekly deep conditioning hair mask is 100% necessary. The Kerastase Masquintense is great for most people. If you have bleached hair, also use a protein builder with your washes. Olaplex 3 is BOMB!
8. Always always always protect your ends from unnecessary splitting by keeping them moisturized. Hair oils hair KEY, try Bumble and Bumble's Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.
9. For fighting humidity-- If you can rock natural curls or waves, do that. Sometimes fighting the wave that humidity brings, is a losing battle. Embrace it. If you choose to, get an anti-frizz towel-- Yes, it's a thing. It'll help produce frizz free curls. Also, use a climate controlling gel or serum to achieve and maintain glossy curls, the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel is a great option.
Check out more of Amy's amazing beauty tips over at Barefoot Blonde. Keep an eye on the blog for more posts on how to take care of your hair this fall. Photography by Michelle Herrick. Model Paige Chamberlin wearing Sandy Blonde.