Carefree Hair

January 18, 2009 • Magazine

Carefree Hair

Carefree Hair

Sun, 2009-01-18 12:00

Natayle Henry

As a general rule, when the weather changes we typically run to stock up on new moisturizers, body lotions and cleansers in an effort to combat the effects of the changing weather on our skin — but what about our hair? Like your skin, the change in weather can be damaging to hair leaving it susceptible to breakage. Also contributing to the damage of your hair are the day-to-day stresses inflicted upon hair like blow drying and heat styling. Fortunately, there are a few tricks of the trade that can aid in eliminating the trauma weather changes and frequent styling impose on our hair.

Professional hair stylist and owner of Atria Hair Studio in Atlanta, GA, Stephanie Bates, offers sound advice for protecting hair and getting the most out of your style.

Drink Up!
“It’s imperative to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day. I know it seems minuscule, however, your scalp needs this to aid in the production of natural oils.”

Find Products Suitable for your Hair Type.
“Everyone is different. So no one product can be everything to everybody. It’s a matter of trial and error. I recommend you keep your receipts.”

Nix The Hot Showers.
“Try not to take extremely long and hot showers. The moisture will surely undo a great style or blow dry. If this is something you can’t budge on, I recommend wearing a shower cap that keeps the humidity out.”

Washing Your Hair Everyday Is So 90’s.
“The worst thing anyone could do to their hair is wash it everyday … or every other day. Washing too often will dry out both the hair and scalp stripping it of its natural oils and making it more prone to breakage. Remember, your scalp is still skin and you don’t get to moisturize it on a daily basis like your body. So, it needs to hold on to as much moisture as possible.”

“All hair types can benefit from using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Again it’s trial and error, so you’d need to find one for your hair type. Also, when washing your hair, focus on the scalp as well as the hair. And rinse with lukewarm water. If the water is too hot, it will strip hair and dry out the scalp.”

Use Only The Best.
“With there being so many heat styling products, it can be hard to find one that will not damage your hair — but it’s important that you do. Use a flat iron (for example) that seals in moisture and shine. That way hair will look illustrious. Also, the style will last longer.”

Get Your Beauty Sleep.
“I recommend sleeping in a satin cap … It’s not the most glamorous look but it helps retain a blow out and/or style. It also protects hair from breakage. If the cap isn’t your thing, try a satin pillow case. It will have the same effect as the cap but without the embarrassment.”

“If your hair gets extremely oily in between washes, try an instant or dry shampoo. It will add new life to your hair with out the damaging of effects of constant washing. If you have the opposite problem, use a dime size of less of a very light oil to replenish moisture in your hair. But, make sure not to apply directly to the scalp.”

Whether you’re transitioning from cold to hot or hot to cold climate changes, trying these quick and painless tips can save you time and money while protecting the health of your hair.

The Reinforcement.
With so many products to choose from, it can be rather difficult finding products that actually work. Here’s a great starting point:

1. Alterna Caviar Moisture Shampoo $30
2. Alterna Caviar Moisture Conditioner $32
3. Psssssst Volume and Color Instant Shampoo Spray $7.99
4. Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo $19 for 2.5oz
5. Alterna Beach $26
6. Satin Serenity Pillowcase $19.95-$34.95
7. Blow Shower Cap $25
8. ghd IV Styler $240

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