The scariest part of Halloween sometimes doesn’t happen until the day after. Teased hair all matted and bone dry. Temporary hair color looking not-so temporary. And glitter—oh the glitter! That stuff will stay in your part until at least Thanksgiving. So what’s a girl supposed to do come November 1st? Don’t worry—you’ve got nothing to fear with these tips to de-scare your Halloween hair.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat
First things first—shower. If you’re trying to remove temporary hair color or your scalp is recovering from wearing a wig all night, lather up using a clarifying shampoo to remove the color and sweat build up. Give your scalp a good scrub, and be sure to run the shampoo through to the ends using your fingers in a downward motion until your hair is completely saturated. Rinse, then use a sulfate-free moisturizing shampoo. If you’re not trying to remove color or weren’t wearing a wig, simply use the sulfate-free moisturizing shampoo to create a rich lather.
Deep Condition (We’re Talking Deeeeeep)
After a scary hairy night of being The Bride of Frankenstein or a sprig of broccoli (both amazing costumes), your hair needs a little spaaah. So after you shampoo, towel dry and use a deep conditioner. If you don’t have a deep conditioner, you can simply use your favorite hydrating conditioner—of course we love our Color Protecting Conditioner as it contains keratin and quinoa to strengthen and repair damaged hair. Thoroughly saturate your hair and apply a shower cap (or wrap your hair in plastic wrap). If you want to get super fancy, wrap your shower-capped hair with a damp, steaming hot towel. Let the conditioner sit on your hair for 20-30 minutes. Then hop back in the shower and rinse it off, using warm water (but not too hot).
On a good day, wet hair is fragile and prone to breakage. On the day after a big night out like Halloween, wet hair needs to be treated even more gently. We recommend using a hair detangler, particularly if your costume required teasing or lots of bobby pins which can damage hair. To minimize breakage, use a wet hair detangling brush or a wide tooth comb, and start from the ends and go up. Continue detangling until you reach the scalp.
Keep Your Cool
Finally, give your hair a break from heat styling for a few days. Use a leave-in conditioner to further hydrate and nourish your post-fright night hair. And if you don’t already have one, think about getting a silk pillowcase. A good silk pillowcase can do wonders for your hair—think frizz-free—not to mention your skin. After all, not all nights need to wreak havoc on your hair.
So there you go...how to go from boo-tiful to beautiful with post-Halloween hair in 4 easy steps. Have a happy Halloween, and an even happier November!