Combating Winter Dryness II

Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Welcome to Part 2 of my "Combating Winter Dryness" series. Next up:  hair and scalp brought to you by yours truly. Stylists - if you are reading this and can think of anything I missed, please add it to the comments.

Sonya Benham, Cosmetologist

For those of you who experience dry hair and/or dry scalps, you’ve probably noticed that the situation only gets worse in the wintertime. Here’s what I suggest:

• Do not wash your hair every day. If your hair tends to look greasy on days you don’t wash, invest in a good dry shampoo.
• Use a gentle moisturizing shampoo and a quality conditioner. Loreal Professionnel’s Intense Repair line and Aquage’s Silkening Shampoo and Conditioner would both be good choices.
• If dandruff develops, try a treatment shampoo like Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Special Shampoo. Be sure to massage your scalp (with the pads of your fingers and not your fingernails) and rinse well.

• Squeeze hair gently with your towel to dry – do not rub your towel on your head or be rough with your hair.
• Use high quality, alcohol-free styling products. Many products now include a treatment component like Loreal Professional’s Absolut Repair Neofibrine or Moroccan Oil.
• A good quality hair mask once or twice a week can be really beneficial. For best results, towel dry your hair before applying the mask. Try Loreal Professional’s Intense Repair Cuti Liss System Intense Nutrition Masque for Dry Hair or Moroccan Oil’s Intense Hydrating Mask.
• In salon moisturizing treatments are worth every penny.
• Brushing your hair with a nice boar bristle brush is a great way to stimulate and exfoliate your scalp and distribute oils to your ends.
• Go easy with the heat styling in the winter months. Flat iron only for special occasions and be sure that you are using a heat protectant product. Use a high quality iron on the lowest settings possible and move the iron quickly through your hair.
• Carry a dryer sheet or static guard to use on your hair for static. It works!

I hope you learned a new trick or two to stay soft and moisturized all winter long. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, take your vitamins, and run your humidifier while you count the days ‘til Spring!

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