Post summer hair-care: How to look after your hair this autumn
The days of sun, sea and sand are quickly coming to an end which means that it’s time to start preparing your hair for the autumn months ahead.
From saltwater and humidity, to UV damage and chlorinated pools, our hair goes through a lot over the summer. And that’s not even mentioning the extreme heat that is often used through styling.
We’re all guilty of blasting a hotel hairdryer after a dip in the pool or frantically straightening our locks at a high temperature before a big night out but over time, extreme heat can have an impact on our hair.
Extreme heat through styling can affect the cortex, making hair weak, brittle and easier to break. But fear not, there are a few things that you can do to help your hair look its best this autumn.
Ditch extreme heat
Through extensive research, Dyson discovered that when hair is exposed to extreme temperatures (150°C or more), a slow transformation occurs in the structure of the hair resulting in a weaker, less elastic strand.
Hair is made up of several layers. Excessively heated styling tools can punch holes in the strands, causing light to scatter in all direction and hair to look dull
While some conventional styling tools reach temperatures of up to 250°C both the Dyson Airwrap styler and Dyson Supersonic dryer have intelligent heat control. A glass bead thermometer measures the temperature up to 40 times a second to ensure the temperature never exceeds 150°C to help protect your hair’s natural shine.
Get a trim
After a long summer, your hair will need a little trim to help it to look its best. As hair grows out, split ends continue to split up the hair shaft, so nip them in the bud as quickly as you can.
A trim can help make a difference in the appearance of your hair and remember the more breakage you cut off now, the less you’ll have to cut off later. Book an appointment with your hairdresser and ditch the dead ends.
When your hair is damaged, three main things happen: it’s less shiny, it’s susceptible to breakage and style retention is difficult. A gorgeous new hairstyle simply won’t last as long on damaged hair.
Unfortunately, people often apply more heat to get a new style to stick, creating further damage to the hair. This is a big mistake.
To counteract this, Dyson’s team of aerodynamicists created a way to style hair using only air combined with heat. Dyson’s powerful digital motor V9 produces what is known as the Coanda effect. This occurs when a high-speed jet of air flows across a surface and due to differences in pressure the air flow attaches itself to the surface. The result is a natural and sleek look.
Ditch the towel
How can you tell if your hair is damaged? Well, frizz is a tell-tale sign. Damaged hair absorbs water quickly, breaking the hydrogen bonds which hold hair shape. This causes strands to swell, creating frizz. Damaged hair will also look dry and dull instead of smooth and defined.
If you want to combat frizz then you should not let your hair dry naturally. Yes, it’s very tempting to give your hair a quick towel-dry when you’re rushing out the door to a meeting or late to an appointment, but this won’t do your hair any favours in the long run. You see, your hair is at its most fragile when it’s wet so you should always handle it with care.
Instead, you could dry and style your hair at the same time using a lower heat. The Dyson Airwrap styler uses different attachments and powerful airflow to create a variety of styles from curls to waves and a smooth blow-dry finish.
Amp up the moisture
During the autumn months, your skin can naturally become drier due to colder weather and harsh indoor heating. Unfortunately, the same thing will often happen to your hair.
In order to combat this, you should spoil your hair with a little extra moisture during the autumn months. Treat your hair to a weekly hair mask or invest in a new moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Focus on hydrating ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil.
The Dyson Airwrap is €499.99 and the Dyson Supersonic is €399.99. To find out more about Dyson hair care, check out the Dyson website, or visit Dyson in store at Dundrum Town Centre or Stephens Green, Liffey Valley and Mahon Point shopping centres.