Since I'm now living in Florida I probably won't need to change much in my relaxed hair regimen, but I do have some thoughts and tips based on past years of living in North Carolina that I can share.
1. Amp up the moistureIn the fall the air gets drier which can also dry out chemically-treated and natural hair strands, especially ends which are the older part of hair strands. This makes moisture based products or treatments even more valuable. Some ways to amp up the moisture are:
- Weekly deep conditioning treatments. If you weren't doing this during the summer, the fall is a great time to start. If you already were, continue doing so. Believe me, your hair will thank you.
- Hot oil treatments. Doing these can help with correcting the moisture balance in hair. They also help with softening and nourishing the hair. Your hair will also thank you for this.
- Moisturizing and sealing more often. You may find that while you moisturized and sealed a couple of times a week during the summer your needs it several times a week in the fall.
2. Change your oilIf you use lighter oils in the warmer temps, you may want to consider using switching to heavier oils in the cooler temps. This results in more moisture retention because the heavier oils can better withstand the cooler air.
Coconut oil is a popular oil for hair care, but it solidifies in cooler temperatures that are 75 degrees and below. Something you don't want to happen when it's on your hair. So, if you use coconut oil or other oils that solidify, this a good time to either use them up quickly before the temperatures drop or only use them in hot oil treatments.
In the cooler weather I like to use sunflower oil because it's not too light and not too thick. Another oil I use is Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I use it in hot oil treatments, on my scalp and to seal my ends.
3. Protect your endsBy wearing more styles that keep the ends tucked away you can keep that moisture from your hot oil treatments and deep conditioning from easily escaping. It will also protect your ends from rubbing on the rough materials of your scarfs and sweaters which can cause split ends.
Some good protective styles for the cooler seasons are
- Buns because they keep your ends tucked away
- Braids which are good because you can leave them in for a few days. Also depending on the length of your hair can tuck them up or create buns and ponytails with them
- Wigs and weaves. They not only help protect your hair, but can also help keep your head warm
What are your tips for a fall hair regimen?