This week I found my first conker on my way home from work and it hit me, its nearly autumn. Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn which means our British summer is slowly coming to an end, and although it’s still relatively bright and sunny here in London, I know that storms are brewing in other parts of the UK so stay safe people! I know that it feels like yesterday since I just told you to protect your hair from the summer sun but you also need to protect it from the Autumn breeze. Here is how to reset your hair and get it ready for the colder season.
Over the summer you were probably putting your hair through a lot! Heat from the sun; sweating more than usual; chlorine if you went swimming and using more products to stop your hair from drying out. All of this can create a large amount of product build up which is completely normal and I have definitely had a bit of build up on my scalp recently. All this calls for is a bit of shampoo. Put the co-wash down and pick your bottle of clarifying shampoo up. A clarifying shampoo helps to remove product build-up leaving the scalp and hair clean and refreshed. However, if your hair is coloured, then a clarifying shampoo can cause your colour to fade faster. I would instead suggest doing a pre-shampoo exfoliant treatment like the Elvive Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff 1-minute exfoliating scrub by LOreal Paris or use an anti-dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders Colour Protect. If you haven’t got a clarifying shampoo and want to try one, I am currently formulating shampoos and conditioners and while I haven’t launched my products officially as yet I am happy to start selling a few clarifying shampoos for you to try and feedback on for £2 + shipping (U.K Only)
That Good Hair: Sweet Orange Clarifying Shampoo 100ml
This organic sulfate free, clarifying shampoo removes build-up, while infusing the hair with moisture. It is a very effective and natural cleanser that leaves your curls looking and smelling great. Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium/Sodium Cocyl Glutamate, Coco Glucoside, Glycerine, Solagum AX, Panthenol, Yucca Extract, Euxyl K903, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Dermofeel PA-3, Lactic Acid
Did you know that January and September are the most popular months to change your hair colour? In January people want a change and to start the new year different, while in September people tend to go for darker shades. In the cooler months, the trend is to go for a dark balayage or burgundy red tones. People are also opting for a cool ash or silver-tone for their hair. I dyed my hair last month and I adore the colour, but my hair is definitely different as a result of the bleach. The texture feels rougher and my hairs porosity is definitely higher, meaning its harder for my hair to retain moisture. Make sure you do your research and go to a hairdresser you trust. As the weather is getting colder, if you do decide to dye your hair, your hair will be dealing with the change in season as well as the change in weather so to keep your hair in its best condition read my post about dealing with coloured hair.
Now that its Autumn your hydrating summer products may be coming to an end so it is
time to switch it up and pick up a few new essentials. As the weather shifts the humidity in the air decreases meaning our hair becomes less poofy. Depending on your hair type and texture this can be a good or bad thing. For me, this tends to mean that my hair will start to look flat. To counteract this I tend to invest in volumising or thickening hair products. We can finally start using products that include humectants like Glycerine again and adding honey into our hair masks to counteract dryness as there won’t be as much moisture in the air.
Aside from using moisture-rich hair products, we may also want to consider the accessories we wear. I have never been a massive hat person but as the weather gets cooler you may want to reach for a nice cute cap or beanie to keep your curls and head warm. Make sure your hair is still protected by opting for silk lined accessories like these available from Curlisha.
Another major weather-related hair issue you may or may not have noticed in Autumn is hair loss. If in the Autumn months you notice more hair loss than normal, do not fret because it is completely normal. This is known as seasonal hair loss. Studies in Sweden found that hair loss increases in October and November for women. This is because, during the summer rather than your hair falling out as usual, the hair growth stage tends to be prolonged coming to an end as the colder weather kicks in, in Autumn so less hair is lost in the summer but more is in the winter. While the results of the hair loss may be barely visible, as curly haired individuals our general hair loss seems significant compared to people with straight hair. We all typically lose 100 hairs per day, however if you have straight hair the strand will easily fall out but if you have curly hair the strand will cling on to other strands or get tangled so won’t slip out as easily, therefore when we detangle our hair it seems like a lot of hair loss when in reality it is normal.
So as the weather gets colder it may seem like we are losing A LOT of hair. Scalp massages can help to reduce hair loss. The massage transmits mechanical stress to the cells around our follicles which, when analysed in the lab, shows an increase in hair cycle-related genes and a decrease in hair loss-related genes. Some natural oils are able to help reduce hair loss. Grape seed oil and Rosemary oil are thought to improve scalp blood flow which may help slow down hair loss and some studies have found that regular consumption of Green tea can also reduce hair loss. Give these a try but know that an increase in hair loss is completely normal and nothing to worry about.
Make sure you stay warm and keep your hair happy and healthy during this cooler season! Be sure to follow me on social media to track my hair journey and read my other posts. If you do want to try my products please purchase them via the link through PayPal and it should be delivered within 3-5 working days. I’m looking forward to sharing more helpful information like this on my blog. If you have any specific struggles or concerns with your hair, don’t hesitate to comment below, submit a hair analysis form or just send me a message.
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