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By: Maddie Poteat

Winter is hard.  Yep, I said it.  While the snow, crisp weather, and the thought of cuddling up by the fire sounds amazing, it can also make everything downright more challenging.  One of the things winter can really affect is your hair.  We’ve written on the topic of winter hair care before (read here) but we wanted to update it with a few extra tips and tricks.  If you can remember and follow these few things this winter season your hair will be in good shape come spring time!

Protect your hair from the elements

One of the biggest risks to your hair during winter is the weather…  The wind, rain and cold can wreak havoc on your beautiful locks.  The elements might not only ruin your style but they can also cause real damage.  Next time you’re headed out in the cold make sure to protect your locks.  Try a silky headscarf, a hat or just pull your hood up!

Winter Hair Care - Tips and Tricks

Go easy on the heat

I know we say it all the time but excessive amounts of heat can stress and dry out your hair.  If you can muster it, washing your hair will cooler water can really help.  Laying off those styling tools will also provide a break from the heat.  If you can’t skip blow-drying your hair then make sure the heat option is turned down and you use a heat protectant (like Garbo’s Brilliance Blow Dry Spray) to further protect your hair cuticle.

Garbo's Brilliance Blow Dry Accelerator and Flat Iron Sealer – 4.4 oz
  • Blow dry accelerator and flat iron sealer
  • Speeds up blow drying up to 40%
  • Seals cuticles during flat ironing
  • Moroccan Argan protects air from intense heat
  • Weightless formula adds depth and renewed radiance to color-treated hair

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Avoid over washing

Another top tip for winter, and all year round actually, is to avoid over washing your hair.  That means going easy on the shampoo, as too much washing can strip your hair of its natural oils.  Everyone is different, but if you can scale back your washes to no more than three times a week your hair will look and feel much healthier.  When your hair is feeling a little oily, opt for a dry shampoo product like Garbo’s Dry Shampoo to get you through the day.

  • Skip a day of regular shampooing and save time
  • Dry shampoo revives and refreshes
  • Never feels wet or sticky
  • Extends color and blowouts
  • Eliminates odor with fresh scent
Garbo's Freshen Up Dry Shampoo – 3.25 oz

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Treat your hair

We all need a little TLC in the winter time and our hair certainly does too. One of our favorite winter hair care tips is to treat your hair with a deep conditioner.  The Garbo’s Indulge Masque deep conditioner is one of our faves.  Spend a little extra time in the shower to allow the deep conditioner time to penetrate the hair cuticle.  This should help improve hydration and keep your hair healthy all season long.  If you’re looking for something a little more medicinal, you can try a tea tree oil – its cleansing and nourishing properties will help rebalance the scalp, clean out your hair follicles and nourish your roots. 

Garbo's Indulge Masque – 6 oz
  • Ultimate moisturizing treatment
  • Intense moisturizing for touchable softness
  • Won’t weigh hair down
  • Replenishes moisture loss during color & chemical treatments
  • Perfect for dry/damaged hair

Keep It Trim

The thought of cutting your hair to help it grow faster is still hard to grasp… No matter how many times our stylists tell us.  However, trimming your hair helps get rid of split ends before they have the chance to split further up the strand and ultimately weaken the entire thing.  This might be asking a lot, but if you have long hair you should look to get a trim every three months.  If you have short or medium length hair you should come in for a trim every two months.  In doing so you are helping to remove the dead ends which will help your hair stay healthy much longer!

Not all of these winter hair care tips are easy, but if you’re looking to improve the look, feel and length of your hair over the winter months than you need to keep it healthy.  Put these tips into practice to help your hair stay healthy and beautiful all winter long!  

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Maddie

We all know how hard it can be to keep our skin looking fresh and feeling soft in the winter time.  The cold weather moves in, the howling wind picks up and we suffer dry, cracked and flaky skin.  However, there are a few tips that can help you stave off the annoying effects of winter and we have jotted them down below!

 

Tips to Keep your skin healthy this winter

 
 
1. Turn down the heat 

That super hot water you are soaking in can strip away more oils in your skin than necessary.  By lowering the temperature just a tad you can maintain more of those oils in your skin and help avoid unintentionally drying it out.

2.Moisturize right after washing

In order to trap  as much moisture as possible, try applying your moisturizer, creams and lotions immediately after washing your skin.  

3. Check your ingredients

Some ingredients in lotions can irritate your skin.  Look for a cream or ointment that contains olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, lactic acid or mineral oil.  All these ingredients can help to soothe dry skin (according to the AAD).  *Extra tip:  Carry a travel size hand cream (like our Aveda Hand Creme) with you so you can apply it to your hands each time after washing them.

4. Add Moisture to the air

If the air in your home feels a bit too dry, try plugging in a humidifier.  It is a simple way to moisturize the air and help keep it from drying out your skin!

5. Exfoliate your skin!

The easiest way to reveal fresh, glowing skin is to gently exfoliate it.  Softly scrub your body while in the shower to remove old, dry skin cells.  This will help the body regenerate a new layer of skin! 

6. Protect your skin from harsh weather

When you step outside in the winter make sure you are properly dressed.  Cover your hands with gloves and your neck with a scarf to help protect those areas from the cold, dry conditions.

7. Hydrate yourself!

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we opt for warmer options instead – hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc.  Remembering to stay hydrated will help your skin stay hydrated as well.

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Our Salon and Spa sells Aveda Moisturizing Cream for the Face
Client Applying Aveda Moisture Cream

 

Sending love,

Maddie

 

Most of the information in this article was pulled from the following three sites:

www.AAD.org

www.bewell.com

www.chiroone.net

Winter is a tough season.  It takes a toll on everything – from our homes, cars, and schedules to our minds, attitudes, and bodies.  In addition, it also isn’t particularly kind to our hair.   There are many ways the cold and dry weather effect our hair but we have outlined the top three winter hair fails below and included easy ways to fix or remedy them!

1. Dry Air = Dry Hair

As the temperature drops, so does the humidity.  We know you aren’t a fan of what humidity does to most hairstyles but it is a double-edged sword…  Yep, don’t celebrate too long because before you know it, that sustained lack of moisture in the air does the same thing to your hair.  Ugh, it’s like you can’t win, right?  Don’t worry, read on for a few helpful tips!

Our number one shampoo for dry hair is called “Pure Moisture Shampoo“.  It’s going to drench your hair with moisture but not weigh it down.  That’s a very tricky task but Pure Moisture crushes it.   Use it just once and you’ll feel the difference.  In addition to moisturizing your hair it also comes with all the bells and whistles:

  • sulfate and salt-free
  • no petrochemicals
  • formaldehyde-free
  • no animal testing
  • gluten-free

2.  Split Ends and Fly-Aways

Fly away with me…on vacation away from this cold dry air!  Ok so now you have more than just dry hair.  Your ends are splitting and your fly-aways are out of control.  Once again, it’s the dry air plus hats, sweaters, heaters, furnaces, and static electricity that are doing this to you!  Yay, winter!  Oh but wait,…we have your hair life preservers right here. The aforementioned Pure Moisture will work for any type of dryness you are experiencing.  However, we do have some other options that can help.

Argan Anti-Frizz Shampoo – smooths, silkens and adds shine to unmanageable, curly, frizzy or chemically treated hair.  You will also want to make sure you are using the Intense Anti-Frizz Conditioner as well.  Both of these options have Moroccan Argan Oil in them which is the ingredient that helps control your flyaways and helps to protect the hair shaft so fewer split ends occur.  If you are looking for more information on the great effects of Argan Oil, visit Hairguard.

3.  Dry Scalp

Oh pretty it’s snowing….oh wait.  Never mind.  I’m afraid that’s your dry, flaky scalp on your hair and your navy top.  This takes us full circle: Cold Air = Dry Air = Dry Hair = Dry Scalp = Flaky Scalp 🙁

Listen, just like a snowflake, we are all unique.  Some of us have an oily scalp when it’s dry out and some of us suffer from a very dry scalp.  It’s weird, I know, but it has to do with your physiological makeup and what you are using on your scalp and your hair.  Garbo’s makes a few products that help maintain a healthy scalp:

Garbo’s Energizing Shampoo or our Lucky Man Scalp Stimulating Shampoo change your thoughts on shampoo.  It’s made specifically for your scalp and you’ll know the first time you use it.  Infused with menthol and caffeine, this shampoo stimulates your scalp and promotes blood flow which in turn cleans your scalp and helps your hair grow longer.  Now that you have taken care of your scalp you need to make sure to follow it up with a great conditioner.

When you really need the big guns (which you will during the winter), it’s time to bust out Garbo’s Indulge Masque Deep Conditioner.  This is the ultimate in moisturizing treatments.  What is particularly unique about this conditioner is it won’t weigh your hair down after using it – just make sure to give your strands a good rinse.  Garbo’s Indulge Masque renews and revitalizes your hair with moisture which gives it bend and flexibility again.  Since this product does pack some punch we recommend using it weekly.

Now that you have read the three most common winter hair fails and their fixes we hope you feel more confident when styling your hair this season.  The weather can really do a number on our hair but if you have the right products and tools you’ll be in a much better position to take on the challenge!