Now that it’s autumn, it’s time to turn your attention to fall hair preparation. There are dozens of ways to prepare your hair for fall and winter—in fact, some of them might even feel like the most luxurious of self-care rituals.

Here are five of our favorite ways to whip your hair into shape for the harsh winter season ahead:

  • Deep condition: Winter weather is cold and dry—that can have a major impact on your skin (as well as on your hair and nails). If you have thick, curly hair, your natural scalp oils have an even harder time traveling down the strands. That’s why you need to make sure that you deep condition your hair often. Pay special attention to the ends of your hair, since it’s the oldest and driest part of your hair.
  • Steam your hair: The air is particularly dry in the winter. Any time you can steam your hair, it helps protect it against the harsh outdoor conditions—especially if you seal it later. Steaming opens up the hair cuticle and adds water. When you add deep-conditioning treatments, that helps your hair stay hydrated longer. If you can’t get to a sauna, think about wrapping your hair in a shower cap and then wrapping a towel on top the next time you wash it.
  • Seal with heavy butters and oils: Speaking of deep conditioning, you might want to change up your winter-conditioning treatment. Depending on your hair type and texture, certain treatments may be better than others. If your hair tends to be curly and dry, consider sealing it with heavy butters and oils rather than your usual summertime conditioner. It can make a huge difference as to how long your hair retains hydration.
  • Consider protective styling: If you have fragile, curly hair, you might want to choose protective styling for added help. Braids are an especially good way to shield your hair from the ravages of winter, while still looking cute. Ask your stylist about their best tips to protect your hair from the cold weather, whether that’s hair-styling tips or recommendations for specific products and treatments.
  • Cover your hair: Finally, make sure that you cover your hair when you’re out in the cold weather. Hats, head wraps and other winter gear won’t just keep you warm—they’ll keep your hair looking great all season long. This protects your hair from the dry, cold air and ensures that your strands will be well moisturized.

Keeping your hair looking great requires some good fall and winter hair preparation. When you need help taming your strands, don’t hesitate to ask your stylist for help and suggestions. While you know your hair better than anyone else, a good stylist can help you figure out your hair goals and how to best achieve them.

For more help on ways to prepare your hair for winter or to schedule an appointment with a stylist, get in touch with Claude Thomas Salon & Spa today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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