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Winter Hair Care 101; The DIY, How To

9 Ways Winter Hair Care Can Make Your Naughty Hair Nice!

As I am creating this article we are under a winter storm warning and the predictions are for 14″ of snow. So we might as well face it Old Man Winter is upon us again. The winter season can be especially hard on hair. My furnace is blasting hot, dry forced air for several hours each day, excessive styling with holiday parties coming up and the harsh winter weather can leave hair more naughty than nice. But don’t get the winter blues over limp, dry locks, try these nine DIY how to quick hair care tips to get your mane on the nice list.

  • Step 1 ~~ Use Deep Conditioner for Healthier Hair. Be kind to your hair by using a weekly deep conditioner. If you have chemical damage from harsh perms or coloring, use a conditioner with protein to repair hair strands. For hair that has general wear and tear from heat tools & the great outdoors, opt for a moisturizing conditioner. For maximum effect, apply conditioner to wet hair and put on a plastic cap. Open the cuticle by using a blow dryer on low setting to gently heat your head. Wrap in a towel. Rinse after 15 to 20 minutes with cooler water to lock in the moisture.  Tip: Ingredients to look for in Protein Rich Conditioners: Silk, Wheat, Keratin, Collagen, Amino Acids. Ingredients to look for in Moisture Rich Conditioners: Glycerin, Oils (Jojoba, Argan, Coconut, Castor, etc.) Fatty Alcohols (Stearyl, Cetyl, & Cetearyl), and Panthenol.)

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 2 ~~ Try Velcro or Hot Rollers for a Wavy Hairstyle. Velcro and hot rollers are great options to add bounce and volume to tired tresses. Plus, with the help of rollers, you can avoid curling, crimping, and smoothing hair with harsh heat tools which will zap moisture out of your hair. When hair is 90% dry, apply Velcro rollers to give your style volume. Let your hair dry naturally, or use a blow-dryer to set. After you remove the rollers, use a curling iron or flat iron if necessary to touch up your style. If Velcro rollers aren’t for you, try hot rollers on dry hair. Use bigger rollers on the crown area to add volume. Gently run fingers through hair to relax curls that are overly bouncy. Spritz with hairspray, and you’re done.

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 3 ~~ Beat the Heat Tools with Thermal Protection Products. You’re not alone if you have a hard time breaking your addiction to your trusty flat iron, curling iron, or blow dryer. But, to avoid excessive damage from these tools, always use a thermal protection spray or serum to protect your hair cuticle. Some hair sprays and serums are specially made for damp hair, which is useful to protect hair during blow drying. I’m liking Redken Thermal Setting Mist, (splurge) or Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray Serum. There are plenty of good products for saving hair from excessive heat damage, the key is . . . to use one! Shine sprays and oils are another great option to combat heat damage and promote shiny healthy hair.

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 4 ~~ Use Hair Friendly Products. Ingredient labels are a useful tool to determine the products that are hair friendly from those that are harmful. You don’t need to be a scientist to decipher the good from the bad, just take a couple notes on what to look for. Hairspray with excessive alcohol will be drying to your hair (with the exception of fatty alcohols, Stearyl, Cetyl, & Cetearyl, and Panthenol. Many hairsprays are now available with low amounts of alcohol or no alcohol at all. The ingredients are listed in a sequence from highest quantity to lowest, so the first ingredient listed is the dominant one. Sulfate free shampoos and conditioners are the “IT” products now because they do the job of cleaning the hair and scalp without using that harsh stripping chemical.

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 5 ~~ Haircuts are Your Friend. Maintain healthy hair with a visit to your hair stylist every 2 to 3 months. Regular trims prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft. Stop damage in its tracks by getting rid of those ends. Remember that visiting your stylist regularly will ensure that all you need to keep your hair looking healthy is a dusting of your ends, which is especially good news for all you long haired loving ladies!

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 6 ~~ Use a Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Pick up a moisture rich shampoo and conditioner for the winter months, preferably one with vitamins and oils. I recommend L’Oreal Professionanel’s Serie Expert Liss Ultime shampoo and conditioner.
  • Step 7 ~~ Use Argan oil. Argan oil contains fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants that restore your hair’s natural luster without a greasy shine. Use about a dime sized amount and comb it evenly through your damp hair.
  • Step 8~~ Use a Thermal Protectant. When blow-drying, always use a thermal spray or serum to protect your hair. Also, be sure to go all the way. Blow-drying hair halfway will only create frizz and damage. Spending the extra 5 minutes blow-drying your hair to a smooth finish makes all the difference.

Winter Hair Care

  • Step 9 ~~ Never Go Outside with Wet Hair. Wet or even damp hair can easily freeze once temperatures drop into the 30’s, and frozen strands mean split ends or in a worse case scenario hair that actually breaks.

With all those holiday treats, late night soriee’s and other winter festivities, we can’t guarantee you’ll be “nice” all season long but, with these hair tips, you can certainly treat your hair nicely, ensuring shiny, healthy hair all winter long. Now you can focus on picking a bombshell dress to impress your coworkers at that holiday office party, you weren’t sure you wanted to go to! For more winter hair ideas, check out our Pinterest Winter Hair Tips board.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Summer Hair Tips; The Ultimate Guide

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Summer Hair Tips For Curly Girls

A common question that my clients ask as summer approaches is “What can I do with my curly hair for summer?” My answer is always to work with their natural curl and use the right hair care products to keep curly hair shiny and bouncy while fighting frizz. Here are a few of my favorite products!

Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

First and foremost, if you don’t have a great moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for your curly hair, get one now. A shampoo and conditioner like Matrix Curl Life, is perfect for all types of curly hair because it helps to smooth frizz and define curls.

Curly hair needs plenty of moisture, which is why Matrix Curl Life Shampoo and Conditioner are great!

Curly hair help

Detangler

I always use a Detangler on curly hair before combing it out with a wide tooth comb and you should too! This is especially important for those with curly hair in the summer as your curls can easily tangle and break. Spray the Detangler on towel-dried hair and comb through with a wide-tooth comb. If you use a brush or regular comb, you run the risk of breaking hair in its wet, fragile state, which will cause additional frizz. And frizz is not a curly-haired girl’s friend!

Shiny-hair

Shine Enhancer

Don’t forget to buy a great styling product or two, to enhance shine, define curls and add bounce. Redken Ringlet 07 Curl Perfector, is a great product that seems to do it all by enhancing shine, defining curls, adding bounce and even controlling frizz. I like this product because it is a hybrid of a styling cream and a gel, which are both great products used to control curly hair.

cute-summer-hat

Sun Protection

Curly hair needs extra TLC during the hot, summer months. Try adding a little extra sun protection products to your hair care product inventory. Aveda has a new line called, Sun Care which protects your hair from UV rays, salt and chlorine, all of which can wreak serious havoc on your hair. Aveda may be a little on the pricey side, but I love their products . . . and they smell great!

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Deep Conditioner

In addition to using some of these great products which are formulated for curly hair, consider adding in a weekly or bi-weekly deep conditioning treatment for your curly hair. You can treat yourself and have this done at the salon or, do it yourself at home. Just remember in order to get the best deep conditioning results, you will need to add heat to your hair and let the conditioner stay on the hair for at least 15 to 20 minutes. One of my favorite deep conditioners is, Paul Mitchell’s Color Protect Reconstructive Treatment.

So, if you keep in mind that your curly hair needs extra moisture . . . especially during the summer, and you give it what it wants . . . you’ll be fine and looking marvelous!!

Too Much Hair Coloring

How to put some sex appeal back into the lifeless summer boring hair

PROBLEM: You’ve got boring hair. Your hair is flat, stringy, and lifeless.

HOW IT HAPPENS: Fine, straight hair can become limp when exposed to humidity. “Moisture from the air settles on the surface of this type of hair instead of penetrating it,” says hairdresser Armando Corral. In other words, it weighs hair down.

TO FIX IT NOW: Add volume at the roots with an anti-humidity hair spray. (Try V05 Max! Hold Fast Drying Hair Spray, $3.50 at drugstores.) Divide the top layer of hair into four sections. Lift each section at the roots and spritz the underside. Give the spray a minute to dry, then gently back-comb each section.

TO PREVENT BORING HAIR NEXT TIME: Lay off the heavy styling products. It’s tempting to douse fine hair with volumizing spray to help combat limpness, but these products cause buildup at the roots and, in humid weather, flattens hair even more. Bulk up with protein. Fine, straight hair lacks protein, which gives hair, body and helps it hold a hairstyle in humidity, says hairdresser Erica Colameta. To add it, shampoo and condition twice a week with protein-rich products, like Aveda Smooth Infusion shampoo and conditioner ($20 each, www.aveda.com).

Frizzy Summer Hair

Frizzy Summer Hair Tips

PROBLEM: Your hair resembles a steel-wool pad: puffy and frizzy.

HOW IT HAPPENS: Curly, coarse, and chemically treated hair is often moisture deprived, so the cuticles on each strand are raised, making the hair more porous This type of hair absorbs moisture from the air, which makes the hair shafts swell up. The result: big, unwieldy hair.

TO FIX IT NOW: Fight frizzy summer hair with a moisture blocking styling cream or serum, like Arrojo Defrizz Serum ($14, www.arrojoproduct.com). Look for products with silicone or oil to smooth and slightly weigh down hair. Rub a quarter-size dollop between your hands and work it through the strands.

TO PREVENT IT NEXT TIME: Get the right cut. Layers, which add volume, encourage puffiness in the summer Ask for a blunt cut, which holds down the ends and reduces the fluff factor. Make sure your hairdresser cuts with scissors not a razor, which thins out hair, making it prone to frizz.

  • Keep hair hydrated. Use an oil treatment to seal cuticles so hair can’t absorb moisture, says hairdresser Abell Oujaddou. (Try Molton Brown Hair Treatment Oil, $30) Apply from roots to ends, leave in for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse well.

And For All You Naturally Curly Gals

 

Avoid Sun Damage, Chlorine Damage, and Saltwater Damage

Summer Hair Tips From Hair Guru Peter Lamas

Hair guru Peter Lamas has the scoop on keeping hair healthy, hydrated and strong during the steamy months ahead

  • Use a clarifying shampoo and conditioner followed by a deep conditioning hair mask, once a week to keep build up at bay and strands well-moisturized.
  • If you’re swimming—ocean or pool—rinse your hair with filtered water to remove any leftover chlorine, debris or saltwater.
  • Don’t forget to wear a hat on those beach days! It will limit sun exposure (and burns) to your hair and your scalp.
  • Avoid shampoos containing sulfates, wash only as needed, and rinse with cool water to help protect your hair color.
  • Treat your hair like you would your skin! Use an sun block to help reduce UV damage to your locks. To make your own sunscreen, dilute 2 teaspoons of an SPF 25 sunscreen with one cup of water, fill a spray bottle with the mixture and spritz into your damp hair before styling! For additional protection, you can continue to mist the solution on throughout the day.
  • Give heat styling tools a rest during the summer! Opt to air-dry your hair instead and use a light styling cream Lamas recommends his Chinese Herbs Revitalizing Styling Cream to help keep fizz to a minimum and show off your natural hair texture.
  • Getting the right haircut to handle humid weather is crucial. Add layers to curly hair to keep locks from jutting out at the bottom and creating a pyramid shape. For straight hair, you want a little extra weight at the bottom to prevent it from expanding in the humidity, so avoid haircuts that are too choppy or over-texturized. Apply a leave-in conditioner throughout the day to give your locks a hydrating boost.
  • Because summer is rougher on hair than other seasons. it is more important to get your hair trimmed every 4 to 6weeks. The ends of hair become weak from color treatments, processing, sun, and chemicals, causing them to split and fray Bump up your normal haircut schedule in the summer to keep hair looking and feeling healthy.

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Fall Hair Colors Look More Dimensional

Hair Colorists Guide to Fall Hair Colors

You don’t need to know who’s in which movie or plays Which TV role or sings which song. You just need to know what they all look like. Colorists across the country are scouting celebrity trends to make sure they’re on top of what clients will want,” observes MODERN SALON Beauty and Fashion Director Maggi Mulhern. For fall, one thing seems certain: hair color will be part of every “what’s next” look. Here is what she recommends for her stylist readers:

  • BRONDING ~~ Golden highlights kissing a light brown base against an October late-afternoon sun? Can’t beat it! Introduce this hybrid look to both your brunettes and your blondes as an update for fall.
  • OMBRE ~~ As soon as you think it’s over some celebrity shows up rocking the ombré all over again. This look has legs, especially since it’s so forgiving for clients who need to stretch appointments. Fall’s deeper shades suggest a gradation of chocolate through caramel, and there’s also been buzz about spilling the ombré look onto a redder palette. Keep your eye peeled for a burst of rust-to-fire, or wear it yourself to inspire clients.
  • BALIAGE ~~ The twist on ombré is that it’s reignited the reverse: light on top, dark on the bottom. The advantage for long-haired clients is that the lighter area brightens the face.
  • DIP-DYE, TIE-DYE, BRIGHTS AND PASTELS ~~ The fun departure from natural shades is steadily going mainstream as clients seek ways to look edgier.

 

Fall hair colors always follow the natural flow of the season. Just as your wardrobe and make-up colors become deeper, fall hair colors also deepen to compliment these changes. Summers sun bleached layered hairstyles need refreshing and that’s done by toning down blondes and richening up brunettes and redheads.

Before committing to a new fall hair color be sure to read up on “What hair color is best for my skin tone”  then bring some pictures of hair colors you like to your appointment to discuss with your hairdresser. Sharing pictures are really the only way you and your hairdresser will know if you are both on the same page!

Also, you may be able to stretch your dollars by wearing high lights closer to your own natural hair color and going with a hairstyle that grows out easily.

Fall Hair Color Salma Hayek

Fall Hair Color Pelelope Cruz

Brunettes – Fall Hair Colors Hottest Trend

Farouk Systems Global Artistic Board says the trend for fall/winter is all about “hot chocolate and mocha.” If you are a brunette already (or even a wannabe) take note as these words will likely be used in your hair salon to describe the fall hair colors to embrace this season. These two BFF’s show off best brunettes fall hair colors! Salma Hayek’s dark strong tones are a sultry, sexy look with her coloring. Penelope Cruz’s deep, dark brown base is threaded with caramel hair high lights which enhance her warm skin tone.

Fall Hair Color Trends Sara Jessica Parker

Fall Hair Color Cameron Diaz

Celebrity Fall Hair Colors Trend- Ombre Effect

The Ombre hair color trend is still strong after it started showing up in Hollywood this spring and it will be big for fall hair colors as well! The Ombre effect is high lighted strands from mid-shaft down. These high lights are easy to maintain as long as the high lights are 1 to 2 shades lighter than your base hair color. To create this effect, hair is high lighted, balayage style or painted on the hair from mid-shaft down. Or as in Sara Jessica Parker’s case, she also has added balayage high lights around the face.

Christina Hendricks

Redheads Fall Hair Colors – Fiery and Red Hot Copper

Christina Hendricks, from Mad Men leads the way reds will be headed for this fall. Her pale skin tone is a good match with this sizzling hair color. Another celebrity who pioneered this fiery red hair color, Rihanna! Check out Julianne Moore, she wears copper-red hair perfectly with her pale, freckled skin tone and blue/green eyes!

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