How to Defend Your Hair Against Every Fall Weather Woe

Shannon Farrell
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For those who love a surprise, fall is the best time of year—one day it’s all blustery wind, the next it’s sunny and humid. You never know what you’re gonna get, which makes it difficult to prepare your wardrobe, or worse still, your hair. Keep these fall hair products in your back pocket to ensure that you come armed to the fight against all of the season’s temperamental weather woes.

Humidity
September may have come and gone, but you still can’t count out the errant day of high humidity. While prevention with moisturizing products is important, on-the-go fixes are integral when humidity strikes with no notice. “Keep a smoothing crème, like Julien Farel Vitamin Smooth ($23, dermstore.com), on hand to keep the hair soft, moisturized, and manageable in the humidity,” says renowned celebrity hairstylist Julien Farel. “It’s a one-size-fits-all hair weapon for taming flyways and split ends immediately, and it’s small enough to throw in your purse or glove compartment.”

Sun
The sun’s rays may not be as strong during the fall as they are in the height of July, but don’t underestimate them just yet. “Prevention is key in keeping hair—and color—safe from the sun,” says Farel. “Whenever possible, wear a hat while engaging in outdoor activities. If a hat isn’t an option, apply a protective spray with SPF to the hair and scalp before prolonged sun exposure to help combat UV damage.” On those surprisingly warm days, spritz Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($28, aveda.com), a water-resistant mist that stays put all day.

Cold, Dry Air
Cold temperatures creep up around October, but are steady once November hits. “Take matters into your own hands by drinking more water and using products that protect and seal moisture in your hair to prevent the ‘fall/winter itch’ of dry and flaky skin and hair, caused by the cold and dry environments,” says hair care expert and trichologist Ky Smith. “You should be mindful that heating your office or home could also be drying to your hair.” She recommends using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, such as Pureology Hydrate ($27 each, pureology.com), to hold in moisture without weighing down hair. “Visit the salon periodically, approximately every 6 weeks, for a hydrating mask and steam treatment. The steamer and mask aids in moisture retention,” she adds. The cold, dry air quality also contributes to static. Smith recommends Mizani Coconut Souffle ($21, ulta.com), a cream, as a great option for thicker hair. It tames the hair while also adding moisture back into the hair shaft.  For thinner hair, opt for an oil or serum—”light oils keep the hair smooth and sleek.” Kevin Murphy Born Again ($27, kevinmurphy.com) is a serum that can be used on the go and won’t weigh down hair.

Wind
Not only does wind exacerbate dryness, but it’ll also mercilessly destroy your hairstyle. “Avoid an unintentional windswept ‘do by pulling hair into a stylish braid in windy weather conditions,” says Farel. “It will help to secure hair and keep it off the face while still looking chic. Give the style a bit of extra hold with a strong hold hair gel that doesn’t leave build-up.” He suggests finishing with a lightweight hairspray, like L’Oreal Elnett ($12.99, lorealparisusa.com) to tame flyaways, and adding a few bobby pins to lock the style in place.

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