(Oribe Shampoo & Conditioner, Milbon Hair Treatment, Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer, Goldwell’s Hot Form and Sleek Perfection, Oribe Moisture Mask, GHD Ceramic Straightener.)
Winter is a killer on hair! I feel like sometimes I have a pile of straw on my head. We asked Melissa Garner, Colorist and Color Educator at MIZU New York salon and an Educator for Goldwell, for some tips and tricks on how to keep our hair healthy this time of the year.
Get regular deep conditioning treatments. Whether you are doing them at home, in the salon or both, deep conditioning provides the extra moisture our hair needs during the winter to keep it shiny and healthy. At my salon we use an amazing Deep Conditioning Treatment made by Milbon. If your salon doesn’t offer this treatment and you want to do them at home I recommend Oribe’s Signature Moisture Mask for normal hair.
Get regular hair cuts. Cutting your hair, even if it’s only an inch, once every three months keeps your ends from splitting. I know this may sound like a lot for all of the long hair people out there, but once the hair starts splitting it will only continue.
Invest in salon quality shampoos and conditioners and put down the drugstore shampoos and conditioners. Drugstore hair products are full of silicons, sodium chloride (salt) and other sulfates, alcohol and water. The sulfates and sodium chloride provide the foaming action in shampoos, but they dry out the hair in the same way that alcohol does.
You know the little nozzle that comes with your blow drier? Don’t toss it! Concentrator nozzles help keep the driers airflow controlled. Thus keeping the cuticle smooth and the hair less frizzy. When the cuticle is smooth the hair appears more shiny and the strands will become stronger.
Invest in a good Ionic or Tourmaline blow drier. While these driers may be more pricey, they will last longer than your average blow drier. Why Ionic? Ionic blow driers dry the hair from the inside out. This dries the hair faster without turning up the heat. Be sure to not over dry your hair and once your hair is about 80% dry use the cool shot button. The cool shot button seals the cuticle back down and keeps your blow dry longer.
If you absolutely must use a flat iron or curling iron, again invest in a quality tool. Too much heat is one of the most common culprits of damaged hair.
When using heat styling tools such as blow driers, flat irons and curling irons you absolutely must use a product for heat protection. While quality tools have features to protect the hair using a heat protector adds the extra protection that our hair needs.
Stop over shampooing! When we shampoo everyday our scalp is depleted of it’s natural oils that actually help keep our hair healthy. Once the scalp begins to become too dry our oil glands go into overdrive to produce the missing oil. This is one of the main culprits of oily hair.
Put down the box color. Box color doesn’t have the same nurturing technology that salon color has. Salon color is made to help keep your hair healthy and strong.
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