End the dry hair blues with these tips for your tresses
The forecast for your hair this winter: Moisturized, with no chance of brittle ends or breakage.
With a few tweaks to your beauty routine and the help of some great hair products, you can avoid the dry hair curse that seems to wreak havoc on this time of year. (And, while you’re at it, here’s how to defeat Old Man Winter’s dry skin spell, too.)
DIY dry shampoo
Since we don’t want our wet hair to morph into icicles the moment we step outdoors, we tend to rely much more heavily on our hair dryers in winter months. However, instead of drying your locks every day (thus sucking the moisture out of your hair), wear a shower cap and rely on a dry shampoo in between washes. (We’ve got a sweet tooth for this adorable cupcake shower cap, $12 from Urban Outfitters, that is topped with a cherry).
Mercedes Parrilli, international artist for George the salon Chicago, dishes that your cupboards hold everything you need to create your own, custom dry shampoo. Cornstarch, which is more natural than baby powder and baking soda, is also oil absorbing, Parrilli says. If you’re a brunette, mix equal parts unsweetened cocoa powder with cornstarch; redheads should do the same with cinnamon and cornstarch and blondes should mix cornstarch with an essential oil of choice, Parrilli suggests. Once mixed, apply to your roots with a large cosmetic brush or sprinkle on from a salt shaker.
Employ a heat protectant
Before you blow dry or use a curling wand on your hair, protect your tresses with a heat protectant spray. We like Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray, $25 at Sephora, because it can really take the heat, providing thermal protection of up to 428 degrees. The spray is a multi-tasker, working to detangle and soften your hair all while providing a protective moisturizing barrier when you’re blow drying or curling.
Repair your hair with a mask
Infuse extra moisture into your hair once a week during the winter with a hair mask. Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask, $26 at Sephora, is a blend of hair nutrients such as B vitamins, argan oils, rosehip, collagen and silk, giving your hair a smooth and hydrated look and feel and will reduce breakage.