Is it just me, or did Summer come and go way too fast? It always seems to fly by. For many, Fall means back to school, breaking out the cardigans and jackets again, and putting away the strapless tanks and flip-flops. But when it comes to your natural hair, should you also be switching up your regimen? Maybe.
I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and one thing most of us agree on is that we really don’t have Fall – we go straight from Summer to Winter around January. The winter in our area is more like Fall for colder climates like Chicago, New York or Detroit, so I feel guilty even calling it Winter. So I don’t find it necessary to change my hair care regimen during the fall, or any season for that matter since the winter here really isn’t very cold. Just to make sure I wasn’t the only one, I asked two other natural hair bloggers who also live in Hampton Roads. Deanna of NaturallyCreole said “I don’t do much to transition to the cooler seasons either except include a few heavier products such as Shea Butter and heavier creams. I tend to mix my own creams using Shea butter as my base.”
Samara of Styled Chic said “My regimen doesn’t change much during Fall months.”
But what about further up North where the climate change tends to be a lot for drastic from Summer to Fall? I asked Nicole of Naptural Nicole who lives in Baltimore, MD if she changes her regimen during the Fall. She said that “warm to cool weather hair care transitioning doesn’t mean a total overhaul in my regimen. I prefer to simply switch out lighter oils (coconut, almond) for heavier ones (castor oil)- in my mixes and sealants. This results in moisture retention that can withstand the colder elements, and a better preserved curl.” Depending on where you live and how drastically the climate changes from summer to fall, you may need to consider making a few changes to your hair care regimen. If the temperatures drop significantly and the air tends to be drier in your neck of the woods, then you may want to use heavier oils and butters to help seal in the moisture that cooler, drier air will suck out.
Also, use products that contain a lot of humectants (like glycerin) less during these cooler months when the air is dry. Humectants draw moisture from the air to your hair, but since there is less moisture in the air during these cool months, that can be counter-productive – leaving the hair stiff and dry.
Do you live in an area where transitioning your regimen from Summer to Fall is necessary? Shout out your city and what you do to switch up your hair care routine!