You probably love sweater weather and all the chunky knits you get to start wearing. It’s that time of year when you can sip your favorite chai latte as you stroll along sidewalks scattered with fallen leaves.
But sweaters and pumpkin chai lattes aside, there’s one thing that you hate about the fall. Now that the temperatures are dropping, your curls are all over the place. So, here are our top 11 tips on how to take care of your curly hair this autumn.
1. Keep Your Curls Moisturized with Oils
When the autumn rolls in, the temperatures cool down and humidity rises. With the cold and damp weather, curls can become frizzy and drop.
To protect them, use oils:
- If you have dense, thick hair, look for coconut castor oil or black castor oil products.
- If your curls are fine, lighter oils such as extra virgin coconut oil or other plant-based oils are good options.
2. Give Yourself a Little Trim
The ends of your curls are usually exposed to all the nasty elements during the cooler months. If you notice the ends starting to split or look a bit dry, you might be able to fix the problem yourself without going to the hair salon.
All you have to do is invest in a good pair of salon-worthy scissors. Then, style your hair as you usually would and when your hair is completely dry, check your curls for any ends that look frizzy or unhealthy. Give them a quick snip and you can instantly change your appearance.
3. Anti-Frizz With Leave-In Conditioners
Your curls may become extremely frizzy during the autumn, but don’t despair. All you might need is a good leave-in conditioner. Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Custom Conditioner is a great option. It uses Brazilian oils and a polymer to combat humidity and keep your curls looking vibrant and sassy.
4. Condition Then Shampoo
Usually, we shampoo first and then condition. For curly haired dames, it’s time to reverse that, especially when the autumn weather hits. Your hair is most vulnerable and fragile when it’s wet.
So, when you condition before you wash, you add an extra layer of protection to your locks. This prevents breakage and wayward hairs.
5. Cut Back on Heat Styling
During the colder temperatures, your hair can really dry out. So, it doesn’t help matters much if you continue to use your heat styling tools as usual.
If you’re used to blowdrying your hair, you might want to consider blow drying for shorter periods of time. Or, consider blow drying certain sections, like mid-sections or roots, while letting the ends dry naturally.
6. Give Yourself Scalp Treatments
Dandruff and buildup can sit on your scalp and cause irritation, itching and dull-looking hair. A good way to keep your scalp clean and healthy is to try a weekly scalp treatment. Christiana Greene, of BUM-CAKE vintage, uses argan oil and Moroccan red clay powder. These two products together clean the scalp without drying it out.
7. Protein Keeps Your Curls Strong
Your hair is essentially long, tresses of protein. So, to keep them substantial and healthy, make sure your autumn styling products contain protein. This will keep your hair strong and resilient against the rainy, cold elements.
And since you are what you eat, make sure you consume healthy sources of protein. Foods like fish, poultry, eggs, and beans are all good ways to support your hair health during the autumn.
8. Protect and Refresh with Dry Conditioner
You wouldn’t leave your apartment without moisturizing your skin, or by protecting the rest of your body by wearing coats, scarves, and hats. So, while you’re at it, don’t forget about your hair!
Before you head out of your cozy apartment, be sure to cover up your curls with a dry conditioner. It acts as a protective shield, and this Restore Conditioner by Living Proof is a great way to protect your naturally curly hair.
9. Deep Condition
The fun thing about taking care of curly hair during the autumn months is that you get to enjoy lots of little spa treatments. And the products are as lovely as the hair you’ll end up with.
Take Shea Moisture’s, Raw Shea Butter Moisture Recovery Treatment Masque, for example. It’s a mix of argan oil, organic shea butter, and sea kelp.
Together these ingredients give you a 30-minute luxury treatment that you’ll want to repeat.
10. Apply Your Products Evenly
You may have very thick, dense curls, or thin, fine hair. No matter what kind of curls you have, be sure to apply each and every product you use evenly. That way, your hair will be well treated from the roots to the ends.
And if you notice that certain areas are more problematic than others, it’s okay to give these areas a little extra TLC.
11. Try Protective Styling
As you can see, there are plenty of go-to products to use when the autumn arrives. But there’s another way to keep your curls going strong during the cooler months.
It’s called protective styling, and basically, all you do is style your hair in a way that keeps your hair protected. We’re talking braids and buns, as well as fashionable hats, beanies, and scarves.
Want More Curly Hair Advice?
Curly hair woes are a real issue for certain ladies. So, why not check out how other women deal with the autumn weather? Shan BOODY is a YouTuber who’s got you covered when it comes to curls and humidity.
Other curly-haired YouTubers like jordeecakes and AlexandrasGirlyTalk share their hair routines for fall months. If you’re worried about split ends and shredding, check out Sayria Jade’s video that covers curly hair and breakage.
Just because summer is long gone doesn’t mean your curls have to take a hiatus, too. These 11 styling tips will save your curls from looking like a hot mess.
Plus, you’ll have a chance to enjoy some spa treatments at home. Sounds like a win-win, right?