Winter hair care: looking your best

If you’re having a winter wedding (or attending one!) in the next couple of months, you want to be sure to look your best.

Unfortunately, the winter can wreak havoc on your tresses,so here are our best tips to keep them up to snuff.

First, you need to know what scalp type you have: that’s a starting point for everyone.

Oily scalps are classified with a greasy t-zone (centre of your face) by midday, limp roots, and large waxy flakes. Be sure to shampoo and massage your scalp daily, and since an oily scalp can become prone to folliculitis, lather up twice during the week of your period. If you have dandruff, use an anti-dandruff shampoo.

Normal scalps are classified with generally somewhere in between oily and dry. Hair doesn’t look greasy if you skip a shampoo for a day, and styling products don’t tend to irritate your scalp. Adjust your shampoo if you notice a difference in the seasons, and get rid of the product buildup with a weekly clarifier, if necessary.

Dry scalps are classified as generally dry skin, with an itchy scalp with some powdery-fine white flakes. It also might tingle with the application of certain products and color. Opt to shampoo every two or three days, and massage hair oil into the scalp before bed. In the cooler or dry climates, use a humidifier.

After you have that under control, take some other steps to ensure that your hair is looking its best in the winter.

Winter hats, for example, can leave hair looking flat, but you don’t want to jeopardize your health. Instead, beat hat head by using a good leave-in conditioner or volumizing hairspray because well-conditioned hair will be better off after topped with a heavy hat.

Fight winter fly-aways with always ensuring you use conditioner, which will help keep any fly-away tresses in check. A deep conditioner will help dry hair; when applying it, start inches from the scalp and gently work your way to the end of each strand. In addition, opt for sleeping on satin: stain pillowcases will result in less fly-aways and silky, smooth hair. Rough fibres, in turn, can dry out your hair.

If you don’t have time or don’t want to wash your hair, consider seeking out a dry shampoo, instead. Revive dirty, oily hair quickly and easily by sprinkling on a bit of dry shampoo. Leave on for a few minutes before tousling with your fingers and brushing out. This also works well with a light dusting of baby powder.

Ban dandruff by using an antidandruff shampoo every other day for two weeks, and if  your hair appears brittle and frayed at the ends, chances are the cold, dry windy winter weather has taken its toll… along with any use of appliances or products. Although snipping your split ends is the best bet, you can also rub on a vitamin-E rich oil, which helps  moisturize it and bring it back to life, and keep that wedding hair-do looking great.

Even though its cold out, try to step away from the blow dryer a few times a week. Frequent exposure to hot appliances, such as blow-dryers, curling irons, and flat irons, takes the moisture out of your hair and can eventually lead to split ends and damaged hair. Instead, use a high-quality leave-in conditioner, then allow hair to air-dry. If drying your hair is a must, use an ionic hair dryer instead. Ionic hair dryers release negatively charged ions that break down water molecules, so hair dries more quickly, with less exposure to heat.

As the big day approaches, you definitely want to take the steps to keep those locks alive, and following these will get you there faster.

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