Dry Hair? Really Care?
While you might be shocked to hear that a change in season means a change in your hair care routine, if you think about it, it makes sense. Dry skin is a notorious problem in the fall and winter months. Why? The low moisture levels of the air actually create a sort of vacuum capable of quickly sucking the moisture right from your skin. Same goes for your hair. In the fall, your hair is more prone to dryness, frizz, flatness, fragility because moisture in your hair evaporates (imagine trying to snap a dry spaghetti noodle versus a cooked spaghetti noodle). So if dry, cold fall weather is inevitable, is dry, flat hair also inevitable?
By simply being cognizant about what hair care products you’re using, you can combat the hair-damaging effects of the fall and winter season. There are two main things your hair needs to thrive this fall and making these small adjustments in your hair care routine will help make all the difference. This blog includes everything you need to prep your hair for fall including product recommendations and DIY hair hacks!
When we think about extreme hydration, usually our go-to is deep conditioning and hair masks. We’ll get to those in a second, but first we have to discuss the basics.
We often think of our shampoo as the cleansing side of the shampoo and conditioner duo, but think of the benefits of a shampoo that not only cleanses, but also moisturizes. Shampoos with hydrating agents are going to give your hair the base level of protection it needs to survive the winter months. Oils and butters are a great ingredient to look for in shampoos because they will coat the strand and lock in the water absorbed during your shower or bath. I combed through our shampoo bars to find some bars with excellent hydrating properties to keep your hair silky and lushious all fall long!
Marshmallow Herb: The marshmallow herb is incredibly moisturizing. To get the most benefit from the herb, we let it sit in oils for a while until we get a mucilage that makes a fabulous vitamin and mineral-rich detangler for curly hair, this is what goes into our soap. Marshmallow root also nourishes and rehydrates dry cells, making this a great bar for dry hair, scalp and skin.
Aloe: Aloe vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It’s fabulous for skin because it’s rich in vitamin C, E and beta carotene which nourishes skin and scalp deeply. Also, due to its antifungal and antiviral properties, it prevents itching and reduces dandruff and flaking, it also has very potent anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce redness and inflammation. If that isn’t enough, it also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny, plus it promotes hair growth.
This is an ultra conditioning shampoo bar for dry hair and scalp that also adds silk and shine to the hair shaft while taming the frizzies. Unrefined organic cocoa and shea nut butters make up the bulk of this formulation. Add to that a generous amount of jojoba and you have—A MIRACLE! While this conditioner shampoo bar does not work as a detangler (even miracles have limitations), it does do an excellent job of conditioning and really helps reduce tangles and snarls, it is our version of a natural conditioner bar. Plus the added silk peptides will make your hair amazingly soft, shiny, and silky. It may feel a bit sticky while your hair is wet, but hang in there, because when it dries, that feeling disappears as the silk hardens on your hair shaft, protecting and strengthening it with silica and 18 different amino acids. Use it on your body for the same silky-soft sensation. This Jojoba Silk Conditioning bar makes a great shampoo conditioner to use either by itself, or following another shampoo bar. Create as much conditioning lather as you feel is necessary to work through your hair, or just the ends, and rinse out. Made with certified organic ingredients.
As a rule of thumb, people who deep condition do it about once a week. You don’t want to over moisturize your hair, but you do want to prep it for the week. Figure out what works best for your hair!
I have used argan oil as a deep conditioner for my curly hair with jaw-dropping results…and you can too! Plus you can use it on your body and face.
Deep Condition with Argan Oil
Wet hair with hot water, massage a small amount into the scalp and down the shaft of the hair, wrap with a towel, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash hair as usual. Alternatively, apply to dry hair before going to bed at night. Wrap in a towel and wash in the morning for soft, silky locks. Argan oil helps with dandruff and other dry scalp symptoms.
DIY Deep Condition
Because I hate how messy DIY deep conditioners can be, I will always recommend Argan Oil, but if your deep conditioning needs are urgent you can DIY a deep conditioning mask with household ingredients. Back when I straightened my hair I would mix extra virgin olive oil and honey, warm it in the microwave, apply it to clean wet hair, put a plastic cap over it and let it sit for an hour. When the hour was up I’d wash my hair with two rounds of shampoo to get all that oil out, then I’d dry and style my hair. It would be soooooo thick and shiny. Once I went to dance class after deep conditioning and all my friends were like, “What did you do to your hair???”
It’s short, simple, and easy to do! Using a gentle touch with your hair can make just as big a difference as keeping it hydrated can. Give hair-pulling ponytails a break, cut down on heat styling when you can. Most importantly, pick gentle products. This is where natural hair care shines. Our shampoo bars are perfect for fall because they don’t strip your hair like harsh mass-produced shampoos, but enforce your strand with hydrating ingredients! Not only are they gentle on hair, our delicious, and naturally scented soap is gentle on skin and effective against germs!
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