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August 26, 2020 7 min read

Hard to believe it, but autumn is around the corner!  As hot days give way to cooler nights, summer blossoms fade, leaves start to turn.  Fall flowers like asters start their show, hygrangeas blush, the mushrooms come out.  

A new season reminds us that it is time to shake up our hair routine to keep it looking its best.  Don’t worry, we’ve got everything you need to know (and need to have) to keep your hair looking beautiful and feeling healthy.

This season brings a specific set of challenges to our locks - breakages, flaky scalps, and sometimes even hair loss. Beautiful autumn hair needs moisturize, the right products, and embracing the change of seasons with a playful attitude.

We’ve compiled our favorite fall hair ideas in this guide to make the transition to colder weather no big deal.

Are you ready?

6 Tips for Healthy Hair This Fall

Give your hair an at-home spa treatment.

DIY spa nights just feel good. And your hair will thank you too. Would you believe that you can find everything you need to pamper your strands and scalp in your pantry?

First, give your hair a clarifying rinse.This will remove product build-up and all the other things that found their way onto your scalp over the summer. If you use products that contain silicones, then you’ve likely attracted dirt and stubborn residue onto your hair. A clarifying rinse will give your hair a fresh start. 

The Recipe: Add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to a small spray bottle of water. Spray your scalp and gently massage. Rinse thoroughly in the shower.

Apple cider vinegar is not just great for breaking down product build-up. It’s also anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. If you have a dry, itchy scalp or suffer from dandruff, this is a rinse you’ll want to try.

Next, make a DIY hair mask. Now that you’ve removed old residue and your hair is free to breathe and grow easier, work on locking in moisture to keep your hair protected as the cooler months approach.

Hair masks will lead to stronger, shinier, hydrated hair. Try this recipe out.

Hair Mask For Dry Damaged Hair
What you’ll need:
  • 1 spoonful of coconut oil
  • ½ an avocado mashed up
  • Optional: 5 dashes of grapefruit essential oil
  • A shower cap
Mix all of the ingredients (sans the shower cap) in a bowl and carefully apply to the length of your hair. Next, massage what’s left on your hands into your scalp. Throw your hair up in the shower cap and let it sit for one hour. Rinse thoroughly with a natural, chemical-free shampoo and follow with a safe conditioner.
Why It Works:Coconut oil is super moisturizing for dry hair and will help reduce hair breakage. It fights dandruff and soothes an itchy scalp.
Avocado is rich in vitamins and healthy fats that can heal damage to your hair while making it resilient against environmental pollutants.
And we can’t help but add grapefruit oil to the mix. It removes product build-up, promotes hair growth, and gives your hair a beautiful shine. Plus it smells delicious!
Now that you’ve washed your hair mask off, it’s time to apply a leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners will lock in moisture, making it resilient to breakage. Many natural conditioners will double as a leave-in and won’t weigh your hair down.
Bonus tip: Drink a cup of tea and turn on Netflix while the mask sets in for a chill night of pampering yourself.


Stay calm in the face of seasonal hair loss.

If you’re someone who experiences more hair loss than normal in the fall, don’t freak out. It’s totally normal to lose a little hair from time to time, especially in the fall!  

But some people experience seasonal hair loss, too. There’s much speculation on why this happens, and more research is needed to understand this phenomenon.

Whatever the reason, the important thing is not to panic. Added stress won’t be of any help to your hair’s healthy recovery. Keep pampering your hair using this guide and it’ll grow faster and stronger.  Allure magazine's Donna Freydkin and Marci Robin talked with several experts about this who shared, "It is always a good idea to make an extra effort in the winter months to keep the hairhydrated and moisturized. Use a deep conditioning mask. Likewise, limiting heat styling can be helpful for the same reasons."

Use natural products that promote sustainable hair growth.

Products with silicones, sulfates, and other toxic ingredients give your hair a healthy, shiny look, but in the long run, they dry out your hair and scalp, suffocate your hair follicles, and inhibit growth.

The process of finding natural products that both lookand arehealthy is one that we are so familiar with. Our personal journey of finding the best natural products out there led us to creating the ANTIDOTE Autumn Hair Bundle. This delicious collection of yummy smelling hair products are plant-based, sulfate-free, and used in professional salons around the country.

Here’s what’s in it:

  • Ginseng Shampoo
What it does:Hydrates and nourishes your hair and scalp. Protects color-treated hair. Gently stimulates hair follicles. Promotes healthy hair growth.
How to use it:Brush dry hair before washing. Shake well and massage into wet hair. Rinse.
  • Jojoba Hair Repair Conditioner
What it does:Repairs dry and damaged hair in less than 10 minutes. Leaves hair soft and smooth without silicones. Locks in moisture. Nourishes hair and scalp.
How to use it:Apply to damp hair, comb through and rinse. For deeper conditioning, leave-in for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cool water to lock in your color.
  • Sandalwood Multi-Styler
What it does:Styles your hair without weighing it down. Protects and adds shine to your hair.
How to use it:Work a generous amount between palms. Apply to damp hair from the roots all the way to the ends and style. Air dry or blow-dry to add volume.
  • Burdock Root Spray Wax
What it does:Adds lasting, weightless volume. Adds texture to dry hair. Resists humidity and controls static.
How to use it:Shake well. Hold the container 10 to 12 inches from your hair and spray to secure your style. Spray on towel-dried hair from roots to ends to blow dry. Use on dry hair, shaping with fingers for a loose and tousled look.


Eat plenty of omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 is a healthy fat that your hair loves (and honestly, the feeling is mutual.) It keeps your scalp moisturized and prevents it from becoming dry and flaky. It has also shown to boost hair growth and prevent hair loss.

To see results, be consistent about incorporating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Add a dash of patience and you’ll be on your way to healthy autumn hair. 

Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Seafood like salmon, cod, mackerel, and oysters
  • Nuts and seeds like flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts
  • Soy products like tofu, edamame, and soybean sprouts
  • Canola oil
  • Vegetables like brussel sprouts, broccoli, squash, and spinach

Brussel sprouts make the perfect autumn treat. Here's our favorite way to prepare them.

Invest in a satin or silk pillow.

As the weather cools down, your hair will be prone to dryness and breakage. Coats and scarves will rub against your hair, causing friction. Even your cotton pillowcase is harsh on your hair.

Silk is a natural fiber that is gentle on the hair but doesn’t soak up moisture or product that your hair needs. Satin is very similar and a little more affordable, making it a great second option.

Satin or silk pillowcases will also preserve your style and minimize frizz, allowing you to wash your hair less. That means your hair has more time to produce beneficial oils.

Celebrate the changing of seasons with a new hairstyle.

Autumn is a time of change. Embrace it by trying a new hairstyle, or just make some simple changes that will have you feeling refreshed inside and out.

Here are some of our favorite fall hair ideas. Try one or all of them!

  • Bob haircuts are in right now and there are so many different styles to choose from. They’re low maintenance and they look great with messy bangs, short bangs, or none at all. Whether you have long or short hair, you can rock it

  • Finger waves.Embrace your inner flapper and try out some “S” shaped waves to complement your petticoat. Finger waves can be done up or down on long or short hair. They can be sharp and defined or loose and soft.

  • Curtain bangs.Curtain bangs call us back to the 70s. They’re simple, elegant, and perfect for fall. These bangs are typically longer and are parted down the middle.

Having Healthy Hair Is a Lifestyle

For us, beautiful hair is a way of life. We know that a healthy scalp means beautiful, strong hair and that the choices we make in our overall health impact our hair too.

It’s so important to take time to give yourself and your hair some TLC. Tending to your hair with natural, sustainable practices is an act of self-love. And it isn’t just about the shampoo you use. Our best practices this autumn include a comprehensive approach. That means being mindful of our internal and our external environment at the same time.

Embrace the season. While days get shorter, autumn is a great time to hike, wander around your neighborhood, or drive to a great look out spot to admire the colors changing in the trees. Check out our Wisconsin fall activity bucket list here.What are your favorite things to do where you live?  

There are so many tips out there and so many products to choose from. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, or you may end up abandoning the entire thing. Find a regimen that not only feels doable for you, but also feels nurturing.

Did we miss something? What is your favorite thing to do with your hair in autumn? Is there something that you’ve wanted to try forever but haven’t. 

Drop us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

Abigail + David

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