As the temperature drops and winds begin to pick up, we can already feel that winter is on its way. We know the effects that chilly weather can have on our skin, but often forget that the same goes for our hair. VUE recently spoke with House of Beauty owner and stylist, Brielle Coppola, who gave us some winter hair care tips to combat the cold.
Use a leave-in conditioner
If a leave-in conditioner spray isn’t part of your daily beauty routine already, it definitely should be—especially during the wintertime. Breakage, flyaways, static and split ends are the most common (and annoying) hair issues that arise and can be prevented by incorporating a leave-in conditioner spray into your beauty rotation. At House of Beauty, they carry Living Proof and Brielle advises using products from their Restore line as a preventative. “I’d recommend either the instant repair leave-in or the perfecting spray.” The leave-in is infused with silk proteins ideal for dry, damaged hair and the perfecting spray acts as both a UV and heat protectant up to 400°F.
DIY hair masks
Just like the different types of masks we use on our skin, hair masks have become one of the hottest beauty trends right now. Cold weather is the cause for dry scalp so most importantly, you want to keep it hydrated. Brielle explained, “the texture of the hair becomes very dry because of the cold air.” She suggests doing a weekly deep conditioning treatment at home, making sure to leave the mask on for a minimum of 15 minutes in order to penetrate. Living Proof also offers their own hair mask as part of the Restore line, best used in combination with their shampoo and conditioner.
Splurge on salon treatments
There comes a time where we all need to treat ourselves and splurging on salon treatments will not only make you feel better, but look better too. Investing in a keratin or smoothing service will help reduce frizz, increase shine, strengthen and provide color protection for your hair. The best part is that it usually lasts up to 10 washes. At House of Beauty, they offer a Kerasilk treatment by Goldwell. “It’s a little bit more than a regular deep conditioning treatment. It closes the cuticle of the hair and helps keep it shiny, moisturized and it’s also reparative.” The Kerasilk treatment is non-toxic, meaning there are no harsh chemicals that could further damage your hair.
Get regular haircuts
Many of us start to sweat when we hear the word “haircut” but getting regular trims to clean up your ends is exactly what your hair needs during this drying time. You should schedule your haircut for every six to eight weeks, for some that will mean in between your coloring sessions. If you are someone who uses dyes or bleach regularly, Brielle recommends switching over to glazes for the winter to help keep the hair from being dull but still adding a pop of color.
Protection from the elements
Aside from maybe investing in a hat, you might want to consider your method of protection from the elements. There are a few easy things we can do to stop further damage and keep our hair looking its best. For starters, cut back on the heat tools—straighteners, curling irons, wands, etc. The excessive heat can dry out your hair when it’s already at its most fragile state. Instead of blow drying, try letting your hair air dry or gently towel dry it when you get out of the shower. It’s also a good idea to keep hair washing to a minimum, the natural oils in your hair will keep the scalp hydrated and leave your hair looking more healthy. Nothing a little dry shampoo can’t fix.
House of Beauty is located at 90 Broadway, Hillsdale, NJ. To set up an appointment, call (201) 666-2166.