Winter is both bitter and beautiful. Beauty lies in snow laden trees dripping with glistening icicles, and is cruelly bitter in its harsh temperatures and slippery streets. But you don’t have to be bitter about winter’s hair-distressing conditions. Instead, you can have the beautiful hair that you want, no matter what the cold days and low humidity bring. With a little knowledge and a bit of effort, you can have delightful hair that you love even when the weather outside is frightful.
When winter temperatures drop, so does the humidity in the air. The dry air sucks the moisture right out of your lovely locks, leaving them lifeless, limp, and dry. Don’t let the winter blahs get you and your hair down, because there are steps you can take to maintain moisture in your hair.
First, your best offense against dryness is to avoid daily hair washing. That might offend your sense of social cleanliness, or at least seem a bit icky. But if you’re not overloading your hair with styling products, or frequently breaking a sweat, your hair won’t be all that dirty. Washing your hair every other day or even every third day if your scalp tends to be dry will give your hair time to absorb the natural, protective oils that your scalp makes. Too-frequent hair washing will strip your hair of these beneficial oils and leave it even more dry. If you feel that your hair becomes too greasy to go more than a day in between washings, you can absorb grease and dirt with a dry shampoo, such as Bedheads, “Dirty Little Secret.” Simply spray the dry shampoo at your roots, brush it through, and style as usual. As an added bonus, dry shampoo can add texture and body to limp, lifeless hair.
When you do wash your hair, make sure that you always use a conditioner. Shampooing hair opens the cuticles, which allows moisture, oils, and artificial hair color to escape unless it is closed again. Using a conditioner every time you shampoo your hair will close the cuticle, sealing in the moisture that it provides, and leaving hair softer and silkier. Two in one shampoo and conditioner really cannot give you the cuticle-closing effect, so stick to separate shampoo and conditioner, such as Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo and Instant Moisture Daily Treatment. If your hair continues to be dry, try weekly conditioning treatments at your favorite salon. They are usually inexpensive, relaxing, and great for adding moisture to your hair.
Fending off Frizz
Nothing brings on the frizz like cold, dry air and winter winds whipping through your hair. Fight the freeze – and the frizz- with a few simple steps. First, ditch the dryer – the hair dryer, that is. Hair dryers will just zap even more moisture from your hair and create more frizz where there should be sleek, Shirley Temple curls. Dry heat in your home can also pull the moisture our of your mane, so keep the thermostat out of overdrive. Instead, spritz on a bit of leave in conditioner followed by your favorite hair products and allow hair to air dry. Finish with a styling serum and a bit of hairspray.
Stepping Up the Shine
When hair lacks moisture, it looks dull and lifeless. Replace the shine and add a little life to your hair with a shine serum, such as the It’s a 10! Miracle Styling Serum. It’s a 10! Miracle Styling Serum does ten things at once: it adds shine, controls frizz, seals the cuticle, nourishes the hair, doesn’t build up in hair, resists humidity, smooths the hair, helps protect color, creates slip, and is alcohol free. The perfect product to increase shine and maintain your style in the midst of winter.
Hiding from Hat-Head
Keeping warm is a top priority when the temperatures drop and the ground freezes, but hats do quite a number on your ‘do. Keep your coif from crumpling by avoiding tight sock hats unless absolutely necessary. Sock hats leave indentation marks from the band around your mane and lots of static fly-aways. Avoid this hair hazard by shedding the sock caps and instead, donning a silkier scarf, a fur-free hood, or best yet, a simple pair of earmuffs.
Whether you’re toasting marshmallows by the fire or braving the bleak winter air, you can still have great looking hair. Keep your hair well moisturized with a great shampoo and conditioner, and regular salon treatments. Avoid frizz-inducing heat to prevent your curls from going haywire, and don’t forget to add shine and life with a styling serum or a bit of leave-in conditioner. Following these steps will help your hair stay delightful even when the weather is simply frightful.