As summer comes to an end and fall starts to draw in close, we're in for some big changes. Not only do the leaves fall off the trees and the nights start to draw in, but our hard-earned tans start to fade and before you know it, we'll all be battling to control dry lips and winter-worn hair. We love the elements and all, but they're not always so great for our beauty routine, are they? Hair masks have long since been a staple in protecting our luscious locks, but it's not a one-size-fits-all deal. Just like our skin can vary from type to type, so can our hair. If you could do with a little follicle lovin' but don't know where to start, then don't panic. We've got you covered with this handy guide.
According to stylist to the stars, Justine Marjan, masks are a great way to protect your hair from everything life has to throw at you, from hot heat to the sun's damaging rays. But, choosing a formula blind can do more harm than good.
Dry hair. Dry hair can be a curse at the best of times. When you want long flowing locks like Megan Fox but can't seem to work up any shine at all, it's frustrating. According to Women's Health, dry hair isn't so much a type but a condition that can be fixed. Marjan suggests looking for a mask with oil-based ingredients that can get some much-needed moisture back into the strands. While jojoba and sesame are great for fine hair, more viscous oils like coconut and shea work well for thick. It's also worth remembering that your hair and scalp produce their own oils which are essential, so washing too much or using too many conditioning treatments in quick succession can have the opposite effect.
Thin hair. If you've got thin hair the chances are you've been hit by the conditioner curse at least once in your life. Choosing a mask that smells great seems like a good idea until you rinse off to find that your hair is greasier than an egg pan. Avoiding thick moisturizers is key, Marjan told Cosmopolitan. Instead, go for lightweight natural ingredients like honey, wheat germ, and jojoba.
Oily hair. Sadly, if you've got oily hair then you may want to skip mask day altogether, or you might end up with a slippery mess. Using a clarifier such as apple cider vinegar should help to balance your scalp's pH level and reset oil production. Marjan recommends doing a DIY rinse, with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar mixed with two cups of water.
How do you take care of your hair post-summer? Let us know in the comments!