Friday, January 30, 2015

Beat the Winter Hair Blues

My thin, baby fine hair is hard enough to manage on a good day, but in the winter? Nearly impossible.  It's dry, brittle, and charged with enough static electricity to hurt someone.  I'm no expert, but I think I've learned a trick or two over the years when it comes to battling a sad winter hair situation.

1. Turn on the humidifier
My first method of defense is always to run the humidifier during the night when I'm sleeping.  The added moisture in the air will keep that annoying hair static at bay, and the added benefits for your throat and sinuses are a major plus.

2. Replace your regular conditioner with a moisturizing hair mask
My regular hair washing routine is to shampoo every two to three days with daily conditioning, but I find that even that isn't enough during a dry, Indiana winter. Replacing my regular conditioner with a deep moisturizing hair mask - I use the Macadamia Oil Deep Repair - two to three times a week really helps keep my hair looking shiny and healthy all winter long.

3. Use a hard plastic detangling brush or comb
This trick is a new development, but I could not speak more highly about my detangler.  Normally I would use a wide-tooth comb on wet hair and switch to my beloved Sonia Kashuk paddle brush once dry, but it just wasn't working anymore. Every swipe of the brush left my hair standing on end and the paddle crackling with the sound of static.  So when I decided to make the switch and try a plastic detangler (mine is the Michael Mercier brand), and it flowed through my hair without a snag or spark...well, I assumed wizards were behind it.  Magic is the only reasonable explanation here.

4. Apply a light weight healing oil or serum
Because I have very fine hair, I don't like to use a lot of product and weigh it down. A quick spritz of heat protectant usually does the trick, but I find that the dry winter months call for a little something extra.  I like to apply a small amount of Macadamia Healing Oil on the days that things are feeling particularly frizzy and unmanageable.

5. Invest in an ionic hair dryer
Ionic dryers help water evaporate faster, which leads to a quicker dry time and less damage.  I don't love blow drying my hair everyday, but the winter is not the time to go walking around with wet hair. I've already had pneumonia three times. Testing the hands of fate is not on my to-do list.

And that's it!  If you try any of these tips and they work for you, please let know in a comment below. Also, be sure to tell me what your favorite products for battling dry, static hair days are...I always love to try something new!

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