Summer is all about the sun-drenched, tousled hair — or if you’re like us, it’s all about throwing it in a clip. Just in case you forgot, however, fall is just around the corner so it could be a good time to show some love to your locks.

We hate having to say so long to summer, but a little change is what we’re after right now. Here are six essential ways to care for that hair this fall (pumpkin-spiced products not included).

Stay away from the ponytail
You might be thinking, “did they really just say that?” But, hear us out. Throwing your hair up in a ponytail during a hot summer’s day is such a reprieve, but it can also damage your hair. The hair tie used to collect your hair actually breaks it, causes scalp stress, and does more harm than good. Let your curls bounce and your hair thrive when you give it a break. If you must keep it up, try clipping it up with the 8 Other Reasons Hair Runway Clip Trio.

Invest in styling tools
Treat yourself to new tools that work to protect your hair while you’re styling it. We’re loving the FOXYBAE™ 25mm Black Curling Wand with Rose Gold Colored Barrel. Its gorgeous rose gold barrel is a tourmaline-infused ceramic, meaning that it helps reduce frizz, prevent damage, and promote your hair’s overall health. Plus, it creates a gorgeous, natural wave that all hair types can achieve. Adding a new product to your beauty cabinet can have you trying new, more fun looks this fall.

Do the most with a deep conditioning treatment
Your hair has been through a lot, so try your best to give it that extra care it deserves. Don’t know where to start? The Likwid Rx Stress Reliever Ayurvedic Hair Oil is perfect. It’s a natural stress reliever, using jasmine oil, cold-pressed sesame, and cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil to repair and event prevent stress damage. You can also try a deep conditioning mask like the NatureLab. Tokyo Perfect Repair Treatment Masque to help you restore the moisture your hair once had — and you’ll need as much moisture as you can get when the colder months come rolling in.

Trim it up
No need to go for the dramatics here, trimming up your hair is a small task that goes a long way. It’s a great way to keep your hair in check, especially if the summer was a little harsh on your tips. Also, you’re supposed to get a trim every 8 to 12 weeks so this is something you should do a couple of times during those fall months. Looking for a complete change? Go for a new vibe altogether and give it a good chop.

Switch up your shampoo and conditioner
Your shampoo and conditioner should be cleaning your hair, not pillaging it of its natural oils. Make sure you double-check your labels and see what it is that you’re putting into your hair. Adding a few new bottles into the mix can also freshen up your hair and allow you to find one that works best for your specific hair type.

Add multi-tasking products to your routine
Just as you take care of your skin with a variety of serums and lotions, you should do the same for your hair. Consider using products that hydrate and nourish your locks, while also protecting it from any heat styling tools. We love the SACHAJUAN Styling Cream and Finish Cream as they contain Ocean Silk Technology to make your hair silky, shiny, and easier to style.

What hair care changes do you make once fall rolls around? Let us know in the comments below!

xx, The FabFitFun Team

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