By TDM-Aaron

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by Mary Wolff

Summer has its perks, but fall can be just as magical. Since summer can be pretty trying on natural strands, lots of curlies welcome the cooler temperatures and the reprieve it brings for their strands. When it comes to transitioning curls to fall weather, there are a few must-know tips to make the most of this time of year for your curls.

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1. Do a clarifying wash!

One of the best tips for transitioning curls to fall weather is to start with a clean slate. Summer can be a particularly hard time on hair with all the sun, sand, chlorine, and sweat. A clarifying shampoo will remove all that built up product and dirt to reveal a clean, happy scalp. A few good ones to try are As I Am Curl Clarity Shampoo, DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum, and CURLS Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo.

2. Replenish moisture with a mask.

Another one of the best tips for transitioning curls to fall weather is to do a deep hydration masque. The summer heat and humidity probably zapped your curls of their moisture by the time fall has rolled around. At the beginning of fall, doing a deep moisture treatment will ensure you start off on the right track. A few good ones are SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque, TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask, and Camille Rose Naturals Algae Deep Conditioner.

3. Cut back on products.

In the summer, your hair needs more moisture and protection against frizz-inducing humidity, but when the temperature drops a little, you can definitely cut back. Don’t neglect your strands by any means, but consider them less often. A good trick is to switch to more cream based or thicker creams in the fall because then you won’t have to compromise on the measurement hair needs and you can cut back on the frequency of treatments.

4. Play with color!

The fall is a great time to experiment with a new hair color. Since your hair will get a break for the potential damages of summer, it can be a good time to introduce some highlights or even go for a full-on color change. Reds are always a popular autumn look.

5. Get your trim done.

Trimming your hair should happen on a routine schedule. Fall is a good time for this because, in the winter, you will probably stick to more protective styles to help with growth for the coming year. If you get your trim in the fall, it’s done and your hair is ready for the next phase of the year!

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