We all dread this time of year; especially the cold dry air that seems to suck the life of hair. Luckily there are a couple different tips you can start to use immediately to fight breakage this winter!
Use shampoo twice a week. I didn't say skip showering all together ;). Shampoo strips hair of its natural oils which are essential for healthy hair- yes even moisturizing ones. To fight dryness, wet hair as you would to shampoo except skip straight to conditioner. Work into hair, massage scalp with the pads of your fingers. This will get the dirt and oil out of your hair- without stripping it. Leave it in the full length of your shower and rinse with warm/cold water. Colder water seals the hair shaft, trapping in the necessary moisture.
Style with care. Avoiding daily blowouts and extra styling is nearly impossible, especially during these months when hair can get unruly. However there are some things you can do to cut down breakage. Let your hair air dry until its slightly damp, then blow out. Also dont skimp on the leave in conditioner and heat protecting spray!! I absolutely love dry shampoo, it saves you time and is better for your hair than the constant washing & styling. My favorite is Suave's Dry Shampoo Spray, $3 at local drugstores. Spray a bit in roots, let it set it, and brush through. Your hair has just been extended another day with the smell of freshness!
Deep condition once a week. My favorite and most effective way to deep condition is to get a super thick hair mask - regular moisturizing conditioner will work too! - and slather on dry hair. When hair is dry, it will absorb the most amount of moisture. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse. If you want to take it up a notch, re-use a plastic grocery bag and tie around your hair. The heat from your scalp will be trapped under the bag, letting the conditioner soak in even deeper.
Also- don't forget to trim dead ends! Even just a slight dusting off ends every month will save you in the long run. You won't notice any length gone, and the more you do it, the healthier your hair will look & feel.
By practicing these tips weekly, you'll have Gisels's hair in no time!!
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