Are you working with your hair or against it?
January is a great time to step back and do a quick assessment of your hair-care routine. Figure out, are you working with your hair or against it? Remember, each hair type is unique and requires its own style, products, and routine. What’s more, your routine needs change based on the season.
Here are some tips for the winter.
A beautiful hairstyle starts with a cut that fi ts you, your hair type, and your lifestyle. Make sure your hairstyle fi ts you this season. Do you want your hair to protect your ears and neck from the cold? How about having it shorter, so it blow dries quickly on cold mornings? Either way, you need a good cut that works with your hair and your lifestyle.
BLOW DRYING VS BLOTTING
For curly hair, after washing, you should always blot your hair dry rather than rubbing or wrapping it turban style. Use only a wide-tooth comb with blunt tips or just your ﬁngertips for styling. If you want to blow dry it, always use a defuser on your hairdryer.
Speaking of blow drying your hair, pay close attention to the direction you blow dry. For hair where the hair needs to be blown dry to build volume, try blow drying your hair gently and evenly over the whole head. Otherwise, you run the risk of creating a false cowlick. Are you having a hard time juggling both your brush and your hairdryer? Don’t worry, no brush is necessary; use your ﬁngers to guide your hair. You only need a brush when you are “directing” the hair into something speciﬁ c it won’t do on its own. If the cut is right, the hair should fall naturally without direction from a brush.
Winter weather has low humidity, which means you need to make sure you are hydrating your hair. Hydration is particularly important if you have curly or naturally dry hair. To keep it hydrated, shampoo your hair periodically – once or twice a week, never every day. Winter is also the season of leave-in conditioners and the occasional use of a deep conditioning treatment. Consult your stylist for the frequency of use. The lower humidity also means your hair won’t be as frizzy, allowing you to decrease the amount of product you need to hold your hair in place.
PLAY WITH IT!
Find a style that makes you smile and feel good. A new look can bring a spring to your step and a smile to go with those new warm sweaters.
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