Winter is coming! I know that those of us in Austin are only just now feeling the cold fronts starting to roll in, which means we are hitting low-80 degrees in early November, but we know that this will turn on a dime in the next couple weeks. Take these 5 steps to make sure that your hair looks like perfection in the cold weather.
STEP 1: PROTECT AND COVER UP FROM WINTER
Hats are not only great accessories, but also keep you warm and protect your hair from the Austin winter elements which can be drying and cause brittleness. The problem with hats is the dreaded hat hair and static that they cause. Help prevent this by wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before throwing on that cute hat, did you see the embellished side-brimmed hats from Lanvin? I die! Like a silk pillowcase a silk scarf will protect your hair by reducing friction and helping to prevent static. It’s also a good idea to use a blowdry spray for the same reason. The heat that a hat traps keeping you warm can cause limp locks so make sure to style your hair in a way that adds volume before you add a hat. If your hair is long try putting it up in a topknot at your crown, if you have shorter hair you can pin it up in mini-buns so you will have lots of body when you take your hat off and give it a little shake.
STEP 2: MOISTURIZE YOUR HAIR!
Switching between the heat of your Austin home and/or office and the cold weather can be very drying which will cause brittle ends and breakage. Switch it up and start using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Adding a weekly deep conditioning treatment can replenish the moisture and keep your hair shiny and healthy. Dry hair tends to have static and flyaways so using a hair oil before you blowdry and after styling can help keep them in check while adding moisture and shine.
STEP 3: MINIMIZE WASHING AND HEAT STYLING
Hot water, blow drying, and heat styling can all strip the moisture from your hair and scalp. A dry scalp can lead to, gasp!, dandruff. Start by keeping washing to a minimum, like 2-3 times per week. Again, avoid hot water when you do wash and opt for warm or cool water. If switching to moisturizing shampoo and conditioner does not keep your scalp from drying out and flaking you might want to consider switching to a dandruff shampoo, they are much better now and do not smell as harsh. It is important to never leave the house with wet hair. Wet hair mixed with cold air will leave your hair brittle and susceptible to breakage. Blow drying, after using a heat styling protecting spray, only 2-3 times a week is better for your hair than being outside with wet hair. Keep use of the flat iron and curling iron to a minimum to retain moisture. Feeling the theme here?
STEP 4: GET A HUMIDIFIER
The heat in your home causes the air to be drying affecting both your skin and your hair. A humidifier will add moisture to the air and help combat the dryness. There are many new, sleek styles on the market when it comes to humidifiers so don’t think it will cramp the style in your home.
STEP 5: TRIM OFTEN
Lastly, see your Austin hair stylist often to get rid of those split ends. Getting a trim every 6-8 weeks will keep your style fresh, bouncy, and healthy.