Along with winter comes harsh cold winds, rain and snow. All of these environmental stresses can cause damage to your hair if it is not properly taken care of. Hair can become dry and brittle thus more prone to split ends, frizziness and dull looking hair.
To keep your hair healthy and strong during the cold months try changing some of your hair care products to hair products that will help nourish and protect your hair.
Try a Smoothing Hair Condtioner for dry, unruly hair as this can help manage frizz and fly aways. Curly Hair? Opt for a conditioner such as KMS California Curl Up Conditioner For Dry Curls. KMS Curl Up Conditioner is an intense moisture treatment to help keep curls soft and tangle free.
Hair damage prevention is also a must. Don’t forget about the hair damage that heated styling tools and UV rays can cause to your hair as well. Aveda Brilliant Damage Control for Damaged Hair is perfect for all hair types and works to protect hair from such harsh factors.
A weekly hair care treatment is also a must have all year round. However, the hair care treatment you use should change with the seasons. For winter, opt for a hair treatment that will add moisture, nourish and protect your hair such as a hair mask, hot oil treatment or deep conditioner.
Always be sure to choose products that are meant for your hair type as well. If you color your hair check for color protection, if your hair is over processed then you want a hair care product that will protect and repair. These days with thousands of hair care products to choose from, their are hair care treatments for every every hair type.
Winter can be very tough on your hair since the outside air gets much dryer with the colder temperatures. This will rob your hair of its own personal natural oils, which help it look sleek and shiny therefore leaving it dried out and dull appearing. Using hair styling tools that do not have variable temperature settings can only add to the drying out of your hair that the winter weather is already causing.
Inexpensive hair tools do not have a way to control the temperature on you curling iron or hair straightening tool and this causes you to use more heat than necessary to get the job done especially if you have thin or fine hair. Most professional hair styling tools include a variable temperature setting that is easy to operate so you can dial in just the right amount for the job but not so much that you dry out your winter wary hair in the styling process. When combined with a excellent hair conditioner along with proper hair care such as never going outside with wet hair and despite the dryer than normal conditions you will still look your best right up until spring and beyond.
Some of the tips I will give you will be from my own personal experience, being that of fine thin hair, the rest is research. I have done so many different things with conditioner, using it, going without it, keeping it in and so on. Here are some recommendations for fine thin hair. Conditioning is not always wise. Never deep condition your hair on a night where you might have to go out. Your hair will be limp, have no body and you certainly will not be able to “manage” it! Do this maybe once every 2 weeks. Use the deep conditioner you have chosen after you get out of the shower. You want to leave this in for awhile. Towel dry your hair, put about a toonie size amount in the palm of your hand, rub all over and then comb through.
Put some sort of plastic bag around your head and blow dry on hot for about 5 to 10 minutes.
This may be hard to do on your own if you don’t like holding your arms up or are impatient! Rinse out and don’t bother styling it, it will have no life until tomorrow. When you are using a rinse out conditioner, use only a bit, put it on the ends of your hair, finger comb it through, then whatever is left over quickly run through your hair and rinse out right away.
Some people I know with thin fine hair don’t even bother with conditioner because of how limp they find their hair afterwards. The key to finding a good conditioner for this type of hair is: make sure it is a light weight one and use something that has “For Fine Limp Hair” in the title. If you go to the stylist regularly for perms ask her to spray in a light stay in conditioner before wrapping each curl, protects our hair type a little better.
Try not to use store bought products for reasons I am sure I have mentioned many times. Try to stay in your ph balance which is approx 5.5. Some products will tell you the ph balance, others will not. The ones that don’t make me nervous and I chose to stay away from them! Never use hair straighteners on the highest temperature, this will dry your hair out. Always remember to set at the medium setting, and keep conditioning your hair in the ways I have mentioned.
If your hair isn’t in this category then thank your lucky stars!
For thicker hair rinse out conditioners can be combed through the hair while in the shower, this helps in removing tangles for the “later” brushing. Deep conditioners can be used once a week if you are a person who always tends to blow dry and style, especially with curling irons or a flat iron. If you are only a blow dryer or styler once in a while then deep conditioning packs can be used on a more bi-weekly basis. Stay in conditioners are good to use for adding that extra healthy look to your hair after it has been dried and styled as well, for both thin or thick hair. Just use different amounts, less for thin hair, more for thick hair.
Here are some tips for various kinds of hair types:
For thin hair always use a volumizer, you should choose products that will specify that it wont weigh your hair down. Wait until your hair is almost dry and blow dry upside down. Do not use your hands to shake your hair while drying, this tends to make hair look frizzy once your done.
Pull your roots out with your fingers or a brush, firmly, hold the blow dryer to the roots for a few seconds, then take the blowdryer away and still holding onto your roots (almost pulling) let your hair cool down before letting go. Do this all over, tugging at your roots and holding hairdryer to them. This will give you volume from the root.
Try coloring your hair, this will give volume, manageability and body to fine thin hair. There are a ton of different colors to choose from and you could always just go with highlights or streaking. (your hair!)
For reviving a perm in between perms try using a curl enhancer.
This look can be achieved by using Aveda curl enhancer, a hair diffuser, ( which is used to blow dry curls that will not seperate them while drying) drying upside down and scrunching.
For thick frizzy, wiry type hair I would suggest using a defrizzer or shiner, a straight iron will also help to flatten, smooth and gives greater control. Bumble & Bumble is just one of many different brands for helping tame frizz.
Although I do not normally suggest buying products from a store I recommend only one if you do and that is Sunsilk. I have said it before and I will say it again, “I have had nothing but good come out of using their products.” They have a whole product line for this type of hair, shampoo, conditioner and defrizzers.
Most products from the store are watered down and contain wax. Next time you shampoo your hair put a little baking soda in with it and wash normally. You will feel a huge difference in your hair because you just stripped all of the store bought products out of your hair. But DO NOT USE if you have to go out, you will have what looks like dandruff but is in fact flakes of all the stuff that we call wax coming out of your hair. Do the baking soda method a few times until you do not see any flakes. Unbelievable isn’t it?
Salon products are concentrated and are PH balanced for your hair. A normal ph balance is around 5.5.
To keep your hair in the style that you like, you must see your hairdresser regularly. A good haircut must be maintained and I suggest not waiting any longer than 6 weeks between visits. Until next time…Good luck!