Well, it’s official...summer has come to an end. <br />As temperatures drop and layers of clothing increase, your curls might start running into cold weather issues like dryness, frizz, and unfortunately, some breakage. To combat these seasonal hair woes, here’s how you can adapt your haircare routine with products to ease your curls into the new season! <br /> <br />Start Your Summer Detox <br />To kickstart your seasonal curl transition, we recommend ridding your hair of all the build-up accumulated from styling products that you’ve been using during the warmer months. <br />Using a product like our Water Works Clarifying Shampoo is a great way to start a hair detox and prep it for the colder seasons. This shampoo works extra hard to cleanse stubborn build-up and impurities without stripping your strands of the natural oils it produces. The gentle, but powerful, formula uses a blend of lemon, grapefruit, and orange flower extracts to break down and remove any residue while still helping curls maintain their moisture. <br />Your curls will be left clean, nourished, and ready for the extra nourishing formulas you’ll be adding to your routine. <br /> <br />Stock Up on Nourishing Formulas<br />Once fall comes around, most of the moisture in the atmosphere makes an exit—leaving the air and subsequently, your hair—dryer and more prone to breakage. To combat this dryness, swapping your daily products for formulas that ramp up on those moisturizing, repairing, and strengthening benefits is a good way to protect your hair against these new weather conditions. <br />Switching out your daily shampoo for one that gently cleanses and hydrates is a great start. We recommend using an oil-based formula like our Ultra-Nourishing Cleansing Oil Shampoo. It gently cleanses while mimicking your hair’s natural oils, wrapping your curls in our nutrient-rich CR-4 Repair Complex (a concentrated mix of fatty acids) that nourishes the hair and scalp while protecting curls from brittleness or breakage. <br />Using a mask instead of your typical daily conditioner is also an easy way to add some more hair nurturing goodness to your routine. Using a product like our best-selling Ultra-Nourishing Intense Hydrating Mask after shampooing, will repair dry curls while imparting maximum moisture. Its rich formula is packed with a combination of reparative proteins and natural oils that offer intense moisture replenishment, helping curls regain softness, elasticity, and shine, while making them less prone to breakage and frizz. It's the perfect follow-up to our Ultra-Nourishing Cleansing Oil Shampoo. <br />To really seal in all that moisture you’ve added with our Ultra-Nourishing Shampoo and Mask, top off your routine with our best-selling Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment. Formulated with mongongo oil, which is rich in vitamin E and linoleic acid, this fast-absorbing elixir will deliver intense hydration, restore natural luster, and form a protective barrier around strands that will help prevent damage. You can use it as a leave-in treatment, heat protectant, or a finisher to your curly styler to help smooth frizz and flyways—all while locking in that much needed moisture. <br /> <br />Combat “Turtleneck” Hair <br /><br />Bundling up with scarves, hats, and chunky sweaters will protect your body from low temperatures but they certainly don’t do your ends any favors. We’re sure that we’ve all experienced the extra frizz and breakage that comes with wearing your favorite turtleneck sweater or knitted scarf. To combat this potential breakage, tuck your curls into a loose ponytail or bun with our XL Coil Ties or Scrunchies. These hair accessories were made with your curls in mind, so you don’t have to worry about snags, damage, or excessive pulling. They expand to hold the thickest of curls in place while reducing breakage for comfortable all-day wear—making them perfect for keeping your hair tucked safely away from that favorite sweater of yours. <br /> <br />No matter the season, Ouidad has all the products you need to keep your curls healthy and protected. Happy fall!