November 15, 2013

Maintain Your Mane: Winter 2013 Edition

Considering about six people on my news feed commented on how they've had their first snow fall this week, I think it's not too early to start the winter blogs! Welcome to the world of protecting our hair in the chilly months. There are many factors that damage our hair during the winter and I'm here to give you a heads up on how to keep beautiful hair all season long. Follow me! (Check out my skincare guide as well for more winter tips!)

1. Deep condition multiple times weekly. This isn't something you can really over-do honestly. It's extremely important to deep condition your hair during these months to keep the moisture locked in the follicles. Without moisture, your hair can get brittle, dry, and not to mention break more easily. Check out 'It's A 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner' at your local beauty store, drugstore, or discount retailer (ex. Walmart). It may cost you a pretty penny but this stuff is a God-send to us who want to keep healthy hair all year round! The great thing is that it comes in all different forms! So whether you're a balm or masque girl, a spray lady, or a styler - It's A 10 is available in many forms. (Shop Amazon online for It's A 10!)

2. Stay away from heat! If you read my skincare blog you would have seen I mentioned staying away from lengthy hot baths and showers to keep from drying out your skin. This is also try about your hair! I'm guilty of enjoying a hot bath a few times a week especially when the temperature drops. We want to limit these during the winter to make sure our hair isn't exposed too often to the heat and steam in the shower. Instead, try to limit how often you relax in these steamy showers and try to wash your hair with a cooler temperature. Not only will rinsing with a cool water temp keep your hair healthier, but it seals in the cuticle and leaves your strands smooth NOT frizzy!

3. Moving right along with the heat rule, you'll also want to limit use of hot tools on your tresses. Try to air-dry the majority of your hair and only blast that blow dryer for a short bit to just pump up the volume. Heat fro ma blow dryer is extremely damaging in these months as it dries the hair from within. It takes out the added moisture we just tried to lock in with that deep conditioning treatment you just used. ;) So limit use of the blow dryer and the styling tools as well. And as always - USE A HEAT PROTECTANT WHEN EXPOSING YOUR HAIR TO HOT TOOLS!

4. Put the brush down! Limit over-brushing your fringe to avoid unwanted breakage. If you over-brush your hair you're more than likely going to cause the hair to become weak and break easier. Switch to a wide tooth comb at any chance to detangle hair with less friction. Use this on wet AND dry hair to keep it smooth and knot free. While we're on the topic of friction, also consider switching your fabrics to a silkier one both around your neckline and during sleep. If you're allowing your hair to rub against cotton, wool, flannel, etc. you are allowing more friction between the fabric and your strands which again can cause breakage! Swap to a silky pajama top and a satin pillowcase as well to reduce friction at night.

5. It doesn't hurt to get a haircut either. Trim off those broken ends and start fresh. Spring will thank you when you come into it with healthy hair. ;)

6. Cover up! When you're outside it's important to cover up because a.) it protects from the sun and b.) it helps shield your tendrils from the cold and dry air that can damage your hair. The sun is year round everyone and it can cause just as much damage to your skin and hair during the winter as it does in other months. Try wearing a silky scarf when you're outside to cover up your "do." Scarves are definitely fall and winter appropriate and you can find some really pretty ones this season!

7. Last but not least - avoid chemicals! Don't perm, don't chemically straighten, and don't color this season. Exposing your hair to chemicals can absolutely (and will) damage it even in the slightest! If you need a nice touch up of color, try just adding in some high or lowlights to reduce how much you're exposing your hair to those chemicals. Granted, we all know chemical use on our hair is bad anyway - but we're all guilty of it! Not saying you can't go out and keep your style fresh, it's just a better precaution during these months to stay away to keep your hair healthy. Try to avoid peroxide and ammonia which can damage your hair.

These suggestions for deep conditioners are based on much research of various blogs, customer reviews from retailers, etc. I have compiled the list for you to check out higher end as well as drugstore conditioners! (Prices averaged on online retailers prices.) Keep in mind, Aveda is a fantastic brand for all your haircare needs! I have a close friend who works for an Aveda salon who is such a big advocate of it and it is definitely something to look into if you want to go the extra mile for your hair.

Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque - $30Biolage Intensive Strengthening Masque - $22
Paul Mitchell The Masque Intense Treatment - $20
Redken Intense Renewal Super Moisturizing Mask - $15
Alberto VO5 Moisturizing Shower Works Hair Treatment - $6
John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Conditioner - $6
Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner - $4

xo K