Ask An Expert: 4 Steps To Healthy Winter Hair
Every autumn, the humidity index begins its slow crawl towards deathly dryness, and while your T-zone may be the first place you feel it, your hair is suffering too. But let’s be honest, in the winter, most of us are so bundled up and bedraggled, throwing your hair into a messy, I-have-given-up bun doesn’t seem so egregious. Even when I try to look good and do my hair, it just doesn’t seem to cooperate. Why? The dryness!
Confession: I’m a humidity one-percenter. I love a good Floridian summer, a nice 85% humidity rating. I have enough humidifiers in my apartment to make it qualify as a greenhouse. When I tell people about my love of humidity, it’s like I’ve copped to a love of paper cuts or gushed about how fashion forward it is to wear socks with flip-flops. Just pure terror and judgment. But think about it: a dry heat is all well and good (Okay, fine, I guess you do sweat less…) but what about when the weather turns cold? Who wants a dry COLD? Not me. Or my skin (hello, flakes!), my nasal passages (hello, flu!), my cracked hands (hello, human males who won’t want to hold my hand!) and certainly, CERTAINLY not my hair.
But, I refuse to be enslaved by the ugliness of winter one minute more. And mercifully, NYC Hair Stylist, Lucy Garcia Planck from the infamously chic Salon Bergdorf Goodman, is here to help — at least when it comes to ways to score healthy, holiday party-worthy locks until spring rolls around…
Moisturizing is Key: Keeping hair moisturized will help all of your holiday hairstyles look great. The dry winter air will quickly zap your hair of any moisture it has. Try not to shampoo often. If you have oily hair, wash it every other day, and if you have dry hair, aim at washing it one to two times a week maximum.
Hair Masks are a Must: Another great way to keep hair hydrated is by using hair masks 1-2 times a week depending on your hair’s texture. I like to use 1 tsp of coconut oil directly on your hair, starting on the ends of the hair and working it up towards the scalp. Go to work out or run an errand and leave in for 30-60 min then shampoo with the treatment still in the head and then rinse. This locks in the natural oils in the hair and keeps it looking shiny.
Take Care of Yourself From the Inside: I always say ‘you are what you eat.’ Whatever you put into your body reflects your outsides. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and eat proper foods such as fish, nuts, and eggs helps to keep hair shiny. Taking a biotin supplement will also help. Biotin is a natural supplement that many people don’t get enough of and that could be a contributing factor to dry, brittle hair.
I always tell my clients to take biotin year-round to maintain a strong, healthy glow to their hair and it also helps with split ends. I love using and always recommend Vitafusion Gorgeous Hair, Skin and Nails. It’s a gummy multivitamin containing 12 key nutrients, including Biotin and Vitamins C and E to help nourish beautiful hair, skin, and nails from the inside out.
Keep Static Away: Dry winter months always create lots of hair static, which can ruin a great hairstyle. I always sleep on a silk pillowcase, which can help to eliminate this issue. Unlike cotton, the silk pillowcase doesn’t have any wrinkles in it and won’t mess up our hair.
To maintain your hair or hairstyle (a fresh salon blowout), sleeping on silk helps with the static as well during the winter when your hair is depleted of moisture. Argan oil moisturizes the ends of your hair without leaving your hair oily. Use only a very tiny amount (pea-sized). If your hair is fine, stay away from the oils, instead use static guard sprayed in your hairbrush and brush your hair, or carry a dryer sheet in your purse. For those with thicker hair, the Argan oil will help keep your hair moisturized and reduce static and flyaways.
TL:DR? Moisture is the name of the game! It’s easy to remember to hydrate your face or hands, but during your next Hulu binge with that fun panda face mask, why not slather a little coconut oil onto split ends too?