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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

How To Prepare Your Hair For The Winter Months

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The cold weather wreaks havoc on our hair.  This is especially true with relaxed hair due to it's already weakened with the chemicals so we really need to take extra special care of it.  Cold weather has absolutely no humidity in it, meaning there is no moisture in the air, which results in dry hair.  This is also why our skin seems extra ashy when it gets cold vs. when it is hot and humid out.

The most important thing you can do for your hair when it is more prone to being dry is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.  Start with your shampoo and conditioner.  Use moisturizing shampoos and deep conditioners.  I would suggest deep conditioning your hair once per week by sitting under a warm, hooded dryer for a minimum of fifteen minutes.  Also use a leave-in conditioner while your hair is still damp.  Once your hair is about 80% dry, I would suggest using a light serum like Chi Silk Infusion or Biosilk.  Use the serums sparingly, as your hair will also create its own oils.  Too much will weigh your hair down and cause it to look and feel oily and greasy.  Once your hair is completely dry, style as usual.

When styling your hair with heat, make sure you use a good heat protectant.  Styling tools can dry the hair out, and cause it too look even drier than it normally would especially when it is cold.  Heat protectants can drastically decrease this risk.  If possible, opt for styles that don't require heat at all like roller sets, wraps, and rods.  If your prefer heat, only use it once per week maximum.

The winter months don't necessarily mean that you have to have bad hair days.  Combat the weather with the proper moisturizers and you can still look good, despite the weather.

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