Be Happy, Feel Beautiful
The winter time brings snowflakes, holiday cheer, family, friends, and – the dreaded dry hair. The colder temperatures of the winter months can damage glossy locks and leave them broken and frizzy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The right hair products can improve hair health in wintry conditions.
Experts say that hair changes with the seasons. The winter season brings dry air, which, in turn, dries out the hair and scalp. The trick is to know what products to use, when to use them and how much of them to apply to your locks. You can make the most of your hair health this winter by using products to your advantage.
Corinne Krei, the manager at Beauty Brands in Lawrence, Kan., said that it all comes down to using the right products and Pureology is the ideal winter brand. Pureology products do not contain sulfate, which is why they are so beneficial. Sulfate strips the hair of its color and harsh winter weather will dry out the already stripped hair.
Pureology offers a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. The products contain twice the amount of conditioning ingredients than other salon treatments. The conditioner is light and invigorating because it contains a hint of peppermint.
“You should always condition after you shampoo,” Krei said. “The Pureology conditioner is ideal for the winter months because it has a cooling sensation for not only the hair, but the scalp, too.”
Scalp health is often underestimated when it comes to winter hair health. Emily Kearney, a hair stylist who has been in the business for 8 years, said that moisturizing the scalp is just as important, if not more important, than conditioning the hair.
Nioxin Scalp Therapy is sold at Beauty Brands and Target and offers a hair and scalp conditioner all in one product. Like the Pureology conditioner, Nioxin contains peppermint, which leaves a cooling sensation on the scalp. Scalp therapy products should be left in the hair for 1 to 3 minutes after shampooing.
Krei said that many girls don’t realize that the condition of the scalp has a direct effect on hair appearance. The hair follicles grow from the scalp and it is smart to take care of the issue at the primary source of growth.
Deep conditioning products such as scalp treatments and leave-in conditioners restore moisture in the hair and ensure that the sensitive skin of the scalp is treated properly with conditioning agents. The amount of times the treatments are used each week varies from person to person. Hair stylists prescribe a different hair treatment schedule for each client.
“It really depends on the person as far as how many times a week you use any type of conditioner.” Kearney said. “There are so many variables like density, texture of the hair, and lifestyle.”
Krei said that thin hair doesn’t need as much conditioning as thicker hair. Thick hair can handle more product, whereas heavy amounts of conditioner tends to weigh down fine hair. A good rule of thumb is to deep condition 1 to 3 times a week.
Deep conditioning isn’t the only method of adding moisture to hair. Moroccanoil, a brand that uses argan oil derived from Morocco, boasts organic strength and conditioning ingredients. It can be used on wet or dry hair, but damp hair is best.
Krei said that Moroccan oil can be used daily. A quarter-size drop should be combed through the hair from mid shaft to ends. The oil is also used in a treatment called the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. The mask can be used 1 to 2 times a week for 5 to 10 minutes for best results.
“Moroccan Oil strengthens and adds body to the hair without weighing it down.” said Krei.
Kearney said that girls tend to overdo products during the winter months. Moisture is needed during the winter, but only certain amounts are beneficial. Avoid applying conditioner to the crown of the head and focus on the mid shaft to ends of the hair strands.
Product selection during the winter months is crucial. Kearney said that you have to know when to start conditioning and when to stop. If you are concerned about dry hair, follow the conditioning directions on the selected product and scale back if you notice oil residue build-up.
“Girls just go overboard with moisture, specifically oil, because they think their hair will look dry without it.” Krei said. “If you don’t have the right hair type, it’s going to make your hair flat and greasy.”
The winter season doesn’t have to cause breakage, frizz and dried out locks. The appropriate shampoos, conditioners, scalp treatments and oils can keep the hair in a healthy state all winter long. Kearney said that hair health is directly correlated with upkeep and proper product use.
“Invest in products that will improve your hair quality.” Krei said. “You won’t be let down.”