Wed, May 2, 2012 – by Kate Martel

The Mane Attraction: 3 Steps to Fall Style

As summer fades to fall, say goodbye to your carefree color and hello to a sharper style for the season. The lightened locks that were perfectly processed for summer are turning a new leaf for fall. Hair stylist Pam Girard from New Leaf Hair Studio in Bristol, Rhode Island tells us that "embracing your natural hair color and texture is without a doubt the way to go when transitioning hair this season." Earth tones like rich amber and warm brown compliment brunettes, while blondes benefit from deeper shades of gold, as opposed to summer-ready platinum streaks. Since structure is such a common theme for fall, angular cuts like layers, angles and a chic bob (made famous last season by Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham) are sure to be top choices at the salon. Once you get the look you’re craving, it’s time to take care of your tresses. Below are the essential products you’ll need to take your hair from sun kissed to structured this season.

Step 1: Fix Damage
It’s no surprise that hair endures some tough times during the summer months. Between the sun, chlorine and hot temperatures—your once healthy hair becomes brittle. One way to bounce back is by investing in repair care that’ll restore dead strands. Deeep by Bumble and Bumble is a once-a-week treatment that helps to smooth, replenish and coat your locks from root to tip with a powerful protein mask, bringing ‘em back to life.

Step 2: Moisturize
Once your hair has undergone damage repair, it’s time to quench its thirst for moisture. Using a deep conditioner like Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask by Neutrogena is a great way to treat your tresses to a mask of moisture that’ll smooth each strand with essential oils and extracts, leaving your locks soft to the touch.

Step 3: Lock in Color
Once you’ve colored your hair, you need to go to great lengths to keep that shade secure ‘til your next trip to the salon. Conserve color with a shampoo and conditioner that are specifically formulated to keep color intact. If you’re looking to invest in a high-end product, the Reflection line by Kerastase is our number one choice, while Fortifying shampoo and conditioner by Garnier Fructis is a an inexpensive way (about $4) to keep the color you crave.

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