Friday, November 23, 2018

Fixes For 4 Winter Hair Woes

Photo: Sterling Williams

Just as summer sun can wreak havoc on your hair, winter presents a whole new set of challenges for your tresses. Not to worry. With a little bit of extra care, you can keep your hair looking healthy all winter long. Colour specialist Sterling Williams, an artistic educator for Matrix Canada, offers up fixes for four common winter hair woes.

1. Dry Hair and Scalp

In winter, bitter cold outside air and artificial indoor heat can partner to rob your hair of moisture, causing dryness and breakage. "The winter months are much drier than the summer months, and as well as drying out the skin, it also dries out the hair leaving it staticky and dull," Williams notes. She recommends using a nourishing shampoo and conditioner, with moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil or argan oil. Use a hair mask once a week to add an extra moisture boost. Try locally made, cruelty-free Maurizio's hair care Hydrating Hair Mask, which harnesses the deep hydrating power of aloe. "For your everyday hair care routine I would also add a leave-in conditioner and a hair serum to tame any fly-always," Williams suggests. Winter's dry skin effects can extend to the scalp. Relieve an itchy, flaky scalp with the help of a good shampoo that targets the problem. Williams recommends Maurizio's Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Shampoo.

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 2. Static Electricity

The dry air of winter, combined with friction from winter hats, can cause hair to pick up an electrical charge, otherwise known as static. And it ain't pretty. "There are a few ways to combat this," Williams notes. "First off, use a static-free brush when brushing your hair. Apply a hydrating oil to your hair after you remove your winter hat. If you're really in a pinch, you can run a dryer sheet over your strands in a downward motion for instant static removal."

Photo: Sterling Williams

3. Brittle Ends

Dry hair can lead to brittle and split ends. Schedule a haircut at least every three months to keep your hair in top condition. "Regular haircuts are a great way to help combat dry, brittle, frizzy ends and to maintain the shape of your style," Williams says. "They will ensure your hair is easier to style and you will find you use less styling tools, which will also reduce the dryness and damage to your hair."

Photo of Sterling Williams, by Vanessa Vitali

4. Hat Head

You've taken great care of your hair - it's smooth, moisturized and beautifully styled. But it's freezing outside and you're going to need a hat. Don't sacrifice warmth to protect your hairstyle. Take these steps to keep your tresses looking their best: "Make sure your hair is completely dry before putting on your hat," Williams recommends. When you remove your hat, use a dry shampoo at the roots of your hair to add body and volume and minimize flatness. Wear cotton or wool hats to guard your hair against frizz or static. Don't forget, a good hat also protects your hair against the elements.

How about you? What are your winter hair challenges?

Contact Sterling

All hairstyles by Sterling Williams.
Find her at Maurizio’s Hair Studio in Newmarket, Ontario.
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