This morning it officially hit me that it is fall. As I was walking to the train a gust of wind stirred the trees, and my hair, and it made me realize the sidewalks are becoming covered in leaves. This led to another recognition: It’s time to check our hair habits and our product supplies to make sure we are ready for the chilly days ahead. Click the notes for my essential tips. –– Kelly Rowe
Skip Extra Hot Showers
Nothing feels better when you wake up on a cold day than taking a close to scalding shower, but it’s also terrible for your hair. The extra hot temperatures will strip your hair of moisture, stick to the coolest you can tolerate and turn up the heat in your house.
Don’t Excessively Blow Dry
The cool months ahead are dry with very little humidity, so you won’t need to worry about frizz. Apply a dime of frizz control and allow hair to air dry to 90%. Finish off and add a bit of polish with a round brush and blow dryer. This process will prevent static.
Switch to Cream Based Products
Silicone and oil base products are great in the summer when you need more control. Cream based products and half the amount used is perfect for the cold. These products will provide just enough styling power and add tons of much needed moisture.
Learn to Love Scarves
When hair is parched from dry air and it gets windblown, it tangles easily. Trying to brush these dry knots out causes major breakage. Wrap a scarf around your head when venturing out into the tundra to prevent this disaster.
Use Hot Styling Tools Only on the Second or Third Day
Waiting till the second or third day after washing your hair to use flat irons or curling wands will add an extra layer of protection from damage. Your natural oils will make hair more flexible and soft. Trying to heat style first day hair could lead to you scorching your tresses.
By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.