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It is late summer and that carefree feeling may be winding down. Vacations are coming to an end for the most part and it may be time to get back to work and school. It’s time to give your hair some attention after all that summer fun. Take a look at your ends, do they look a little frazzled? They may be from the sun, swimming and putting it up all the time. Let’s take a look at how we can take care of our hair after the summer season and some ideas for fall hair for blondes, brunettes and everyone else out there!
If your hair is even at all damaged because of your summer activities, a cut might be the best option. You don’t need to cut a lot, just a trim might do! Tell your stylist you want them to take a look at your ends and ask them how much they suggest. Contrary to popular belief, we do not delight in chopping everyone’s hair off! Most of us understand you may want to keep as much length as possible! After they tell you what the suggested amount of length is that may need to be cut for your hair’s optimal health, then is the time to negotiate! Of course, you are the boss, but value what they tell you if you trust them. I like to spin my guest around and give them a mirror so I can show them precisely how much I suggest and what that looks like. I use a professional comb that has a 6-inch ruler on the spine to show exactly what 1 inch or 3 inches is! No guesswork is needed.
Deep Conditioning Treatment
Next, let’s soothe your hair. This is something your stylist can do after a haircut or you can do it yourself at home. Your stylist will apply a deep conditioning mask and/or a cocktail of oils to your damp hair after giving you a clarifying shampoo. This shampoo will clean your hair super well by removing buildup, chlorine, pollution, etc. from your strands, giving your hair the perfect canvas to soak in all the benefits of the treatment. You may be seated under a dryer or headlamp for 20 minutes to open your hair cuticles for maximum absorption. If you are doing this at home, I suggest using a clarifying shampoo first. Blot dry and wrap your hair in a towel for about 15 mins, then apply a conditioning mask generously to your hair and put on a plastic cap and a hot towel! Sit for 20-30 mins and then go rinse thoroughly.
Add lowlights or go darker
Naturally, as summer is transitioning to fall, your hair can become a darker shade. If you feel a bit over-highlighted or washed out, opt for some lowlights to break up the solid blonde. Have your stylist match the lowlights to your darkest natural color or something close to it. An easy and healthy fix for too-blonde hair can be to do a toning color gloss. These are super conditioning because of their acid composition, they cannot lighten your hair, only deposit tone on tone or darken. They are also demi-permanent, they will fade away without leaving a harsh root line! For all shades of hair, a fall transition means it’s time to darken down a few shades. Light brunettes might think about going darker, strawberry blondes might want a little more copper, and so on. This is the perfect time to transition your hair into a little more dark and more mysterious version of your current hair. Once you have taken care of the condition of your hair and it can be healthy again, you can have a little fun with color! For more on transitioning your hair from summer to fall, read this article!
We hope you liked these ideas for fall hair for blondes, brunettes and everyone else out there! Let us know what you’re doing to transition your hair in the comments below!