I turned on my heater for the first time this past weekend and that first blast of hot, dry air reminded me it was time to start thinking about my winter hair routine. As temperatures begin to dip and we bump up the heat in our homes, our hair is being robbed of important moisture. Add the stress of heat styling and it can leave hair dull, brittle and hard to manage. I can already tell that my hair is getting on the dry side and it’s been less than a week. Yikes! Time to moisturize!
When your hair loses moisture it starts to look dull and frizzy. Even worse, it can begin to split and break. To repair this loss, I recommend a hot oil treatment, such as Ion Hot Oil Deep Penetrating Treatment. This treatment will help restore moisture and softness to severely damaged hair from over-processing, heat styling or environmental exposure. Simply heat the bottle or tube in hot water for two to three minutes then apply and rinse. You should see immediate improvement. However if this type of treatment leaves your hair too oily, opt for a hair masque or a reconstructive conditioning crème.
These weekly treatments will begin to reverse cold weather damage to hair while a good daily conditioner will help prevent additional damage. A daily conditioner shouldn’t be so heavy that it leaves residue. One n’ Only Argan Oil can be used before styling as a treatment and even helps with frizz. If you have very coarse or curly hair, it may require an additional leave-in detangler. They come in liquid and crème form. While you can use the sprays liberally, use the crème sparingly to avoid hair looking oily or disheveled. There are some daily conditioners that target specific problems that arise during winter months. For example, Miracle 7 Leave-in Conditioner helps prevent static electricity in addition to conditioning hair.
Heat styling can also rapidly damage hair. If you curl or straighten your hair with an appliance, you should always use heat protecting products. Beyond The Zone Turn Up The Heat Serum provides thermal protection from heat stress, while conditioning and smoothing.
If you start noticing that the flakes on your sweater aren’t coming from the sky, then it might be time to switch to anti-dandruff products. Look for products that contain Pyrithione Zinc or Coal Tar, as they are the most effective. Try Ion 2-1 Anti-Dandruff shampoo or the Ion Clear-T Anti-Dandruff to calm and heal itchy, dry scalps.
Do you do anything differently to your hair during winter? Please share in the comments!