Winter can really take a toll on your hair’s health and ultimately its look and manageability. The harsh wind, cold and dry air, cranked up thermostats and rain that come with this time of year can really mess with your plans for looking fresh and festive for your office Christmas parties and new year’s bashes. With some easy adjustments to your routine, you don’t have to fall victim to dull, frizzy and lifeless locks this season. 501 has some tips on product changes and styling tweaks that will lead you flawlessly from Winter 2016 to Spring 2017.
The first suggestion to put some life back into your strands and prevent brittleness can be done under one condition…. Condition! Making an investment in a great deep conditioner or mask for your specific hair type is one you won’t regret. All it takes to add some much needed moisture and luster to your mane is to pick one day a week to apply the treatment, focusing on your mid length to ends, take 10 minutes to think happy and healthy hair thoughts, rinse and then marvel at the magic that was created. Oribe has a life-changing mask for every hair type. Your stylist can add it as a treatment atyour next appointment and if you love the difference it makes, it is available in our retail area for continued brilliance at home. (It makes a phenomenal Christmas gift!)
Next pro tip is to avoid heat as much as possible. We’re talking blow driers on their highest heat setting, curling and flat irons cranked to their max, heaters in your home or car turned up too high, sitting in front of the fireplace and hot water. We know it’s tempting to blast that stuff the moment you get in from the cold but going from one temperature extreme to another is shocking to your drier and more fragile hair this time of year and will ultimately leave it dehydrated and rough. If you MUST use heat tools, then a professional stylist will tell you that you MUST use heat protection. We love that all R&Co and Oribe products contain some form of heat protection in their formulas so whatever you choose as a styling aid from those lines we offer, your hair will receive that added benefit. It is never a bad idea though to add a specific heat styling spray like Redken’s Iron Shape 11 directly before using a hot tool to ensure maximum protection from damage and dehydration.
Stay hydrated. Warm drinks are so comforting in the winter- coffee, hot chocolate, tea, apple cider, mulled wine. But they shouldn’t be considered a replacement for water intake throughout your day. Your body is about seventy percent water, which means your hair, skin and nails rely heavily on H2O to stay healthy and grow. Our clients can always enjoy a delicious hot beverage crafted to their individual liking while they enjoy a service. We also offer bottled water which can help encourage rehydration for overall wellness in the driest months of the year.
Be Gentle. Your hair is more delicate with all of the aforementioned conditions it’s under. Tangle Teezer brushes are a life saver for strands at extra risk for breakage. We love them at the salon and can show you the miracle they are at your next visit and hook you up with one for yourself or as a winning stocking stuffer for someone you love. Avoid too-tight styles. Rubber bands and tight ponytails can enhance the likelihood of breakage. Opt for looser or all-down styles and experiment with headbands and bobby pins. Christmas is the perfect time to try out some decorative hair pieces.
Cover up. Keep your hair shielded from the wind and rain with a cute hat or scarf. To avoid dreaded hat-hair, keep a bottle of Oribe’s Gold Lust Nourishing Oil in your bag to help tame fly-aways and add extra conditioning.
Less is more. Washing your hair less will help to prevent your hair from drying out. We’ve got options at 5o1 for style extenders to tide you over between washes like R&Co’s Death Valley Dry Shampoo. We can also show you some quick styles that look and hold better with day (or two or three)-after shampoo hair. Bonus- less washing means more time snuggling in your warm bed in the morning. Who couldn’t use an extra 20 mins under the covers December-February?
It takes a pinch to grow an inch. For some, it is painful like a pinch (emotionally) to have to cut any hair at all when you’re trying to grow it out. But in the winter it is essential to get regular trims to maintain your length (half an in a month) or grow out your hair (half an inch every other month). Trimming breakage or split ends will stop the damage from going any further up the hair shaft resulting in shorter hair. It may seem counterintuitive to cut it, but you’re creating healthier hair which will translate to length in the long run.
Let’s talk about gloss. Adding a gloss to your regular hair color appointment can help your hair look and feel more vibrant in a few ways. If you normally just get a root touch-up, incorporating a gloss can help add a punch of fresh color or tone to your ends for a more all-over fresh appearance plus add some shine that will last beyond your blowout. It also helps to fill in any porosity you may have from previous coloring or lightening sessions to help keep the elements from outside such as pollution in the air or rain from entering the hair shaft and causing more damage, dullness or brassiness. Think of a gloss as a beautiful seal and shield for the custom color you’ve invested in.
We’d love to know if you already add these steps to your winter beauty routine or if you’re looking to start! Let us know what you learned or if you have any tips yourself on changing up your regimen for winter below.