Beautiful Winter Hair: Protecting your hair in the winter months
February 6, 2013 in Hair & Beauty
As if the grey skies and biting cold temps of winter weren’t enough, my hair always decides it’s done playing nice this time of year. So I decided to grill my stylist, Jillian Brunty, about what can be done to tame winter hair.
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What’s the most common winter hair complaint?
Dry hair! Living in Utah, it gets really dry in the winter and it manifests through your hair and skin. Frizz, static, and split ends usually accompany thirsty hair. The best thing you can do for your hair in the winter is keep it hydrated and well protected. Moisture is essential this time of year as well as keeping your hair treated and fished with a product that will help protect and nourish.
Are there certain products people should use in winter?
As far as products go, everyone has different needs, so it’s important to to find a combination that addresses all your issues. Your hair may be dry, but I’m if it’s fine you don’t want to weigh it down with a product too heavy or oily. People with color treated hair may need to address repairing their hair with shampoo and conditioner first and and treating secondary issues (moisture, shine, volume, etc) with styling products. Everyone that uses any heat (blow dryer, flat irons, curling irons) absolutely needs a thermal protectant, and everyone can benefit from a leave in conditioner or treatment oil. This will save you from the heartache of heat damage and allow your hair to grow longer and healthier.
What about deep conditioning treatments?
Deep conditioning treatments are wonderful for your hair all year long and are an instant boost to the health and beauty of your hair. Most salons and product companies sell masques and other intensive treatments to the public, as well as salon-exclusive treatments that you receive from a professional. I’m very partial to Kerastase and the treatments they offer are far above any others I’ve used. If your winter hair is looking drab and needs a pick me up, a treatment is the best cure!
What’s the worst thing you can do to your hair in the winter?
In my opinion, the worst thing for your hair in the winter is using too much heat. It is so important to protect your hair from heat. With my clients, I always recommend a thermal protectant on wet hair before blow drying and a secondary product that will protect from heat when using a curling iron or flat iron. You will notice a huge difference in the health of your hair and how much easier it styles. Thermal damage causes breakage and takes the luster out of your hair and it’s totally preventable.
Healthy hair stands out more than any extreme style. Being someone that used to abuse my hair I can say that making little changes to protect your hair will save you from the struggle of dealing with damage. Everyone should be in love with their hair!
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If you’re overdue for a trim or are interested in a deep conditioning treatment, I highly recommend visiting Jillian Brunty at Lunatic Fringe in Sugarhouse. This girl knows her stuff and the whole experience at Lunatic Fringe is amazing. I’m always looking forward to my next visit.