Solving Common Hair and Nail Problems During Autumn

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(2nd of 3-Part Article Series)

In this 2nd part of the article series, “Beauty Tips and Tricks: Look Your Best in Time for Christmas”, common hair and skin problems are discussed, along with tips and beauty solutions to overcome them.

Part 2: Your Hair and Nails during Autumn

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The cool weather may be lovely, but it can be bad enough to damage your skin hair and nails.

Dry air and a cool temperature is not the best condition especially if you want your beauty to be in tip-top shape in time for the coming holidays.

At this point, you may already be asking:

“How bad are the effects of autumn to the nails and hair?”

Below are some of the factors that contribute to nail and hair problems during autumn:

Dry Air

Autumn is the time when you can be easily stripped of moisture due to the whipping winds and dry air outside, and only getting central heat when indoors. This weather condition can lead to problems that can make hair rough and dry while leaving the nails brittle.

Not Getting Enough Vitamins

Aside from environmental conditions, it is also the season when people are not getting enough sunlight exposure, resulting in lack of Vitamin D, and even other essential vitamins like C, A, Iron, and Selenium. These vitamin deficiencies also affect beauty, particularly on the skin, hair and nails.

Natural Body Response

Additionally, in a study done by Swedish researchers, it is revealed that Autumn is the time when more hair is lost and normal hair growth is impeded. As the 2nd cell in the body that is produced at a fast rate, hair is also the one that easily suffers when the body gets upset.

With all those problems, you may start to think that Autumn isn’t really a great season after all–but of course, you will have nothing to worry about if you will transition to a beauty regimen that addresses the problems brought by the changing weather.

5 Autumn Hair and Nail Problems and What You Can Do to Overcome Them

Hair and Nail Problems

#1. Dry and Brittle Nails

As the hands and nails are among the parts that are often exposed to harsh elements and washed more often than the other parts of the body, you will notice some changes during autumn that reveal the ugly transformations that your hands have to go through at this time of the year, including dry and brittle nails and cuticles.

You’ll notice that your cuticles are no longer looking so hot and find your nails no longer as strong as they used to be. But instead of searching for nice mittens to cover up, here are some simple steps that should keep your nails strong and your cuticles in top condition for the entire season.

Dry and Brittle Nails

Solutions:

    • Use moisturiser religiously after hand washing as it helps prevent dryness. Choosing those with thick emolients is advisable to achieve the best results.
    • To avoid feelings of discomfort, it is best to opt for a non-greasy formula during daytime and use an emolient before going to bed.
    • For severe cases, use a pair of thin cotton gloves when applying the emolient to facilitate better moisture retention.
    • Apply cream to your hands, while making sure that your cuticles and nail beds are included to ensure that they are also well hydrated and nourished.

Recommended Products:

UKA Butter Hand Nail Cream

Organic UKA Butter Hand & Nail Cream

With its rich texture, this hand and nail cream can make your hands look plump and feel soft and smooth as a velvet. Formulated with argan oil and vegetable oil, it is rich in vitamin E and shea butter that  make the nails stronger.

UKA Nail Oil

UKA Nail Oils

Available in 5 different fragrance notes that are designed to adapt to each period of the day, it has a fast-absorbing formula that works on the spot to provide the hydration needed by your nails and cuticles to make them look silky and radiant.

#2. Dandruff

It is during this season when dandruff starts to flare up. Sometimes, it is just dry skin flaking off, and there are times when it is caused by yeast, skin conditions, and excessive production of oil on the skin. But whatever the cause may be, it can result in itchiness and discomfort.

To get relief from the discomforts, it is best to stick with practices that can help control dandruff and the problems that accompany it.

Dandruff Problems

Solutions:

    • Avoid using headwear like hats that can irritate the skin. To beat cold, use winter hats that make use of cotton or polyester fleece.
    • Choose shampoos that can cleanse the hair without stripping its moisture. For optimum results, find a conditioner that works best with it, preferably from the same brand.
    • Massage to exfoliate the scalp and create a cooling sensation.

Recommended Products:

Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

With Piroctone Olamine and an infusion of Vitamins and Minerals, it comes with a formulation to specifically address problems with dry scalp and dandruff to soothe irritation and redness while helping maintain a healthy balance of hair moisture.

Sans Ceuticals Moisture & Protein Infusion

Sans [Ceuticals] Moisture & Protein Infusion

Here’s a hydrating and restructuring serum that has been originally developed for professional hair treatment. It targets the internal structure of the hair fibre and packs a powerful combination of small molecular proteins, bio-lipids and natural AHAs to protect, soften and nourish the hair, while also providing treatment for dandruff prone scalp.

#3. Split Ends

It is during the cold season when the hair gets pretty dehydrated, enough to make it more prone to splitting and breakage. Split ends are ugly and you wouldn’t want to have them especially when you’re not yet up for a haircut.

To avoid unsightly split ends, there are preventive measures that you can take to ensure that your hair will be free from the damage caused by breakage and splitting.

Split Ends

Solutions:

    • Wash hair less frequently, especially if you have very dry or curly hair to retain the moisture that your hair needs during this season.
    • As much as possible, avoid using curling iron. If possible, use it only when there is a special occasion.
    • Use a hair masque weekly or depending on product instructions, to ensure that your hair ends are well moisturised with nutrient-rich oils.

Recommended Products:

Yarok Feed Your Moisture Shampoo

Yarok Feed Your Moisture Shampoo

100% organic and natural hydrating shampoo, it has a creamy and moisture-rich texture that cleanses hair while preserving its natural oils. It uses Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil that helps  maintain balance oil production in scalp and reduces split ends.

Yarok Feed Your Do

Yarok Feed Your Do

This sculpting paste helps you style your hair into the shape you want. Made of all natural, pure and organic botanicals, it works best to sculpt the hair, seal split ends, add texture, and allows you to be more creative when styling your hair.

#4. Static or Straw-like Hair

Reduced moisture level in the air is a factor that results in dry and brittle hair, causing hair to appear lifeless as a straw. Autumn is not the best time for those with curly hair, most especially when you fail to establish a regimen that will preserve the best condition of your hair.

Here are some solutions that will help retain moisture in your hair and keep it from getting static or straw-like, in spite of dry air.

Static or Straw-Like Hair

Solutions:

    • Choose a hydrating shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type.
    • Use hair cream or leave in products that you can apply to calm your strands.
    • Avoid using a hot hair dryer and other tools that can strip moisture from your tresses.
    • Refrain from using cotton pillowcases. Silk cases are the better options during this season as it will help retain hair moisture.

Recommended Products:

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

Provide intensive treatment for your hair with this hair mask that is infused with Omega-9 and Sunflower Seed Oil. It penetrates each strand, moisturises and nourishes the hair from inside to fortify and soften dull and damaged hair–making it shine and look full of life.

David Mallet Hydratation Kit

David Mallet L’Hydratation Kit

Give your hair the moisture it needs this season by adding into your hair care regimen this hydratation kit from David Mallet. Includes a hydrating shampoo that allows optimal cleaning and allows moisture to reach hair strands and a conditioner that penetrates hair cuticles while locking in moisture and providing added hair strength.

#5. Hair Loss

One of the problems that often come with the autumn months is hair shedding. As with the cycle of nature, hair sheds to make way for renewal. It is the time when the follicles will be at rest for a short period to facilitate the growth of new hairs.

Aside from hair loss, there are other factors that contribute to hair shedding. Good thing, there are solutions that can help overcome this problem and prevent unnatural loss of hair.

Hair Loss in Autumn

Solution:

    • Give your scalp a regular massage. This will help stimulate the sebaceous oil glands and improve blood circulation.
    • Deep conditioning keeps the scalp healthy and moisturised while preventing itchiness and unnatural hair loss throughout the season.
    • Cut hair ends every month. Getting the hair trimmed each month invigorates the hair and scalp, promoting hair growth.
    • Stick to a healthy diet to promote hair growth and shedding.
    • Destress. The more you stress out, the greater the shedding. Take deep breaths and calming exercises for relaxation.

Recommended Products:

Yarok Feed Your Roots Mousse

Yarok Feed Your Roots Mousse

Provide your hair the nourishment it needs with this mousse that is enriched with essential oils, vitamins, minerals, and organic herbal extracts. Turn lifeless hair into voluminous and healthy hair with its volume enhancing formula that facilitates hair health and vitality.

Triumph&Disaster Shampoo

Triumph & Disaster Shampoo

Enriched with Hydrolysed Keratin & Argan oil, this shampoo comes with 100% naturally derived formula that preserves the balance of hair volume and structure while allowing damaged hair to recover and rebuild. Formulated with hydrolised keratin, it protects dry and brittle hair, while keeping the hair and scalp through hydration.

Don’t let hair and nail problems take away your excitement for the season.  There are solutions and products that can take your worries away to look gorgeous in spite of the harsh conditions.

WHAT’S NEXT:

In the last part of this 3-part article series, you will find more beauty tips and tricks that will further prepare you for the Holiday season.

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