How-to: “Winterize” your hair-care regimen

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Cold, dry air. Flattening wool hats. Central heating. Static electricity.

None of these things are conducive to good hair! In fact, they can lead to common winter woes like frizz, brittle ends, dry scalp and lacklustre locks.

Just like you care for your skin differently in the wintertime—you DO do that, right?!—your hair needs extra TLC too. These tips, adapted from Thermafuse stylists Toni Rae Stamey and Emily Chen, should help…

1. Shampoo… with conditioner.

Over-shampooing strips dry hair of its natural moisture and lustre. Put away your shampoo for a day or two and try just using your conditioner. (Or buy a cleansing conditioner like WEN by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner or L’Oréal Paris EverCrème Sulfate-Free Moisture System Cleansing Conditioner, which are specifically formulated for the job.) Another bonus: conditioning more often will also help ward off static!

2. Make yourself an omelette!

Or eggs Benny. As long as you’re getting some L-cysteine—found in egg yolks—you’re doing good things for your hair. That’s because this wonder ingredient optimizes the production of keratin, a protein critical for healthy hair. For extra hydration, add a few glugs of olive oil to your dish: its essential fatty acids also boost hair’s moisture from the inside out.

3. Switch up your hair products.

You wouldn’t expect a lightweight gel moisturizer to combat a dry winter complexion, so why expect the same from your summertime hair products? Put all your humidity-defying prodz at the back of your bathroom cabinet, and instead pull out heavier conditioners and treatment masks to smooth and nourish brittle ends. You can also apply a hair oil or serum (like Thermafuse Heat Smart Serum) on wet or dry strands to not only moisturize, but also to act as a barrier from the elements—it’ll help defy cold-weather frizz.

4. Book a trim.

Guess what? Even if you’re desperate to grow out your hair, if you’ve got a lot of dry, splitting ends then your hair’s just going to look dull and damaged (especially if you have lots of layers, which as you know we don’t recommend here at BEAUTY EDITOR HQ). Even if you cut as little as one quarter inch off the ends, it can make a huge difference. Short hair can go four to six weeks between trims, while long hair can stretch it out to every eight weeks. Don’t slack!

5. Take your fish oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t just good for your heart—they also keep hair looking shiny and smooth. In addition, fish oil contains protein and iron to encourage strands to stay strong.

What’s your worst cold-weather hair problem?
Do you change the products you use in the wintertime?
What’s your best winter hair tip?

2 Comments

Gauri
Tuesday, January 8/2013 at 8:24 am

Great tips Michelle!!! I ♥ omelettes.

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QuiteLight
Tuesday, January 8/2013 at 12:35 pm

I do the conditioner-washing thing! It works wonderfully on my dry hair. Wet hair, massage over roots for about 2 minutes, I leave on while I’m washing my bod, rinse. It will work it’s own way down the hair, or you can smoosh it down.

One caveat; while I was reading up on it, they suggested using silicone-free conditioners only, natural products being ideal. The silicones in regular conditioners can build up, don’t rinse off, & need shampoos to remove.

Since I still use a few silicone styling products on occasion (die, frizz, die!), I wash with a natural shampoo a few times a month, and a non-natural shampoo to get the silicones once a month. I’ve heard there are silicones that don’t need SLS shampoos, but haven’t looked into it yet.

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