During the summer months – whether you realize it or not – we expose your hair to a lot of damage. UV rays from the sun can damage the hair down to the cuticle and result in dry, brittle hair that is sensitive to breakage.
Salt water, because it is osmotic, can draw moisture out of the hair. Chlorine can cause hair in the hair as it can be particularly drying. And moisture can not only cause ripple but also cause "cloudy", weak hair that is sensitive to breakage. Also, all that moisture can cause the hair to shrink and tangle … especially at the ends, which can cause knots, tangles and split ends.
Hopefully you have taken special care of your hair this summer. Here are 10 natural hair tips that all women should know about
But just in case, here are some tips to help you start the fall with a clean slate:
Explain your hair
Chances are you have exposed your hair to sand, salt water and chlorine in the summer. And to protect your hair from the elements and frizz, you probably used heavy conditioner, anti-frizz serum, oils and butter. Your hair needs a reset button from all this. Get rid of dirt and build up and make sure to follow up a conditioner. (When picking a clarifying shampoo, be sure to choose one that clears the hair but does not strip it from its natural oils. Then follow up with a deep conditioner.) Some of our favorites that clarify shampoo / treatments are Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo
, Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse or Bentonite Clay Hair Treatment.
My favorite shampoo is Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo
SEE ALSO: 5 ways you know it's time to clarify your natural hair
Do a protein treatment
Summer moisture will cause the hair to swell and become visible frizz. But did you know that moisture can also weaken your hair? Visibly, your hair will look soft. The cloudy hair is weak and sensitive to breakage. Use a protein treatment to strengthen your hair. Unlike the winter months, you don't have to worry about protein overload. So give your hair the extra dose of protein it needs. Here are the 5 best deep balms with proteins
Cut your ends
If you chose to remove yours this summer, and the humidity caused shrinkage, it probably caused a lot of clutter as well. It probably also caused knots and split ends. If so, start your case with a clean slate. Get a trim! You do not want to go into the fall and winter with damaged ends. The cold, frizzy hair that will not show the injured ends grace … so get a trim. Here are some other signs that it's time to get a trim.
Deep condition your hair
Summer has been tough on her hair. So make sure you deep condition your hair with heat to give it some extra TLC. As summer turns to autumn, your friend becomes more moisturizing deep conditioner. To penetrate your hair strands, make sure you use heat for 20-30 minutes – or according to the instructions on the bottle.
Seal your hair and end
Now that you've pressed the reset button, don't forget to protect your threads. As the weather gets colder, switch to heavier oils and butter. Pay particular attention to your ends as they are particularly susceptible to crime during the colder months. As the colder air approaches, you may want to choose protective styles where you can stop your ends away. 10 more tips for moisturizing natural hair
So there you have it … tips for transferring your hair to the fall.
What should you do with your hair this fall?