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“Winter hair care.” It’s a catchall phrase for a problem that’s anything but one-size-fits all. Not convinced? Just ask a woman who’s endured drizzly, frizz-producing Seattle winters to feel sorry for the gal who’s griping about Denver’s dry air. In the spirit of inclusiveness, we turned to our hair pros across the country, gathering the best rescues for winter-ravaged ‘dos—strategies that address your tresses, no matter what weather reigns down.
“The number one hurdle here is the extreme lack of moisture in the atmosphere,” says superstar stylist, Eric Mayes, who’s accustomed to mountains of styling problems—static, flat locks, parched strands–caused by the thirsty climate. Here, the high and dry survival strategies….
Go with cream-based hair products: The extra moisture in these hydrating stylers actually inject body and control, keeping flyaways at bay in the process. Try: Body Luxe Volumizing Elixir (for fine hair), and K-PAK Smoothing Balm (for coarse textures).
Finish with oil—but not too much: Products containing excessive amounts of oil can actually have the undesired effect of working as an electrical conductor and encouraging static; so keep things light and easy. Try: K-PAK Color Therapy Dry Oil Spray.
De-charge your brushes: Tucking a fabric-softener sheet into your brush drawer will help keep the tools from grabbing electrical charges that can transfer to your hair. Try: Bounce Dryer Sheets.
“Moisturize” the house: A humidifier will help prevent hair from becoming brittle and static-prone, while keeping skin hydrated at the same time.
They don’t call it the “lake effect” for nothing, says Chicago style pro, Kasia Milon—an expert at dealing with hair that’s brittle and fragile, thanks to bone-chilling temperatures, biting wind, and snowfall that exposes strands to a constant cycle of wet/dry/wet/dry. How to fight the ire…
Limit full-on shampoos: The more cleansing and blow-drying, the more moisture is sapped from hair, so change it up with a product that refreshes and adds volume without sudsing. Try: Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo.
Battle hat hair: You put it on and, chances are, you leave it on long enough to electrify everyone on Michigan Avenue. Making static and flat hair even worse: the friction from those wooly scarves and hoods. Try: Moisture Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner.
Spray on with the wind: When the gusts threaten to blow you over, you want a hairspray that protects your coif from the elements, keeps your style in place, and even fade-proofs your hair color. Try: Power Spray Fast Dry Finishing Spray.
Winter in LA is gorgeous. Sunny. Perfect temps. Happy-making. But Joico hair pro, Emma Sheahan, is the first person to admit that those tempting conditions can also result in the big hair fade, bleached-out color, and the ability to suck the last bit of moisture out of every strand. Here’s how to take the hot out of Hollywood….
Treat hair lightly: LA’s not the place for cloying conditioners. A delicate dose of moisturizer—sprayed on damp or dry hair, and worked into ends to prevent splits—is just the ticket to restore a healthy luster. Try: K-PAK Color Therapy Dry Oil Spray.
Preserve your color: The constant sunny rays may fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), but they’ll actually make you sad when you see your hair-color changing before your very eyes—as in, brunette highlights that turn brassy; cool blondes becoming warm; and redheads thinking pink. The trick to maintaining a true hue is to pick products that deliver pigment back into hair. Try: Color Balance Blue, Color Balance Purple, Color Endure Violet, and Color Infuse Red Shampoos and Conditioners.
Pamper periodically: A luxury deep-conditioning treatment, worked into your hair routine once a week for five minutes, can be just the ticket to stardom. Try: K-PAK RevitaLuxe.
What out-of-towners don’t know about the Emerald City is that the months of May through October are utterly gorgeous. The other six months? Well, suffice it to say that the rain reputation is well deserved and does, indeed, a wet (frizzy, flat, frumpy) mop make. Adds stylist, Whitney Madderom,, “We’re lucky enough to experience beautiful, seasonal weather changes in the Pacific Northwest…but with that, comes seasonal hair challenges.” What to do when those raindrops keep falling on your head:
Opt for an umbrella plan: And we’re not talking the parasol variety. Rather, a highly protective styling product that deposits an invisible shield over your fresh blowout, eliminating those “I can’t believe I bothered to dry my hair today” moments. Try: Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray.
Wear but don’t wash: The more frequently you full-on cleanse and blow-dry the hair, the more fragile and porous it becomes, rendering strands susceptible to frizzing on those damp days. Split the difference by steering clear of traditional wet washes a few times a week. Try: Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo.
Lock in your coif: When you do put the time and energy into a good blowout, preserve all that hard work (and sleek straightness) with a powerful styling aid that defrizzes, and holds hair for more than an hour (how about 72 hours?) in a weightless way. Try: Ironclad Thermal Protectant Spray.