Prepping our hair for Autumn

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As the summer comes to a close and your hair has had too much sun, salt water and late nights, our lovely locks will no doubt be starting to look limp, coarse and tired – and that’s not even mentioning the highlights, straighteners and curlers we’ve used on our hair to make it look in tip top shape for our summer holidays.

Here, Asgar Saboo, celebrity hairstylist to the likes of Cindy Crawford and Eva Longoria, shares his expertise on how to restore hair to its natural glory for the upcoming Autumn months.

The Baking Soda Wash

According to Saboo, shampoos strip our scalps of natural oils and hairspray, salt sprays and other products cause build up within the hair. The natural baking soda method is ideal for removing this build up. So what does it involve?

Start by mixing 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water. Apply the baking soda and water mixture to dry or wet hair by starting at the roots and working to the ends. Let it sit for 1 – 3 minutes then rinse with cold to warm water to give your hair a shiny finish.

The Apple Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar is crammed with nutrients that are great for rejuvenating locks. These include, vitamins B and C and potassium, and because it is slightly acidic, it also serves to restore the natural pH of the acid mantle of the hair. Exposure to this acidity hardens the outer layer of the hair and flattens the cuticle, resulting in hair that shines and is less prone to tangling or snagging.

For this rinse, mix the apple cider vinegar, water in a 2:1 ratio. After shampooing and rinsing the hair, lean the head back and pour the rinse over the entire scalp, allowing mixture to run through the hair, gentle squeeze the product into the hair. Be careful to avoid contact with your eyes as vinegar is acidic. Let mixture sit in hair for 1-2 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

An Urgent Trim

After the summer, hair usually needs a good trim as it can tend to look straggly and we often leave it longer between visits to the hair dresser. Getting a stylist to give you a full haircut or trim of just a little at the ends, will give that freshly groomed look without changing the length too much. The more that is chopped off, the healthier the hair will be. Blunt cuts are great for thin hair to remove the broken ends and make the bottom of the hair look thicker. For long hair even periodic trims are beneficial and vital.

Protection from Heat

We tend to use more heat styling products in the coming months to help battle the tangling effects of the wind and rain, so picking up some heat protection products is a must. Heat exposure of over 110C causes many types of hair issues. It damages the hair fibre surface making it feel rougher and weakens the keratin that makes up the hair, which ultimately makes it break off easily. Heat protection products help by adding a barrier to direct contact with the hair fibre surface which means they reduce the transmission of the damaging heat to the hair.