Posted by All-Nutrient Professional on Nov 8, 2017

Say goodbye to the havoc-wreaking humidity of Summer and say hello to the moisture-less, dry air of Winter. It's time to get your hair prepared for the colder months to come!

Winter means it's time to hydrate! Stale, cold air yields dryness, fly-aways and static build-up. It’s time to switch-up your styling routine and prepare your hair for the long, cold season ahead. 


Replace Moisture

Dry-air leads to parched hair and just like the animals that hibernate during winter, your strands need to load up on protein and nutrients too! Because there is no humidity in the atmosphere, your hair becomes depleted of moisture, which leads to brittle, lifeless hair that lacks elasticity. The artificial air from heating the house can be even worse.

Now is the time to start thinking about adding a hydrating shampoo and conditioner to your routine. You must maintain a balanced protein-moisture ratio to achieve perfect tensile strength. There is a memory-factor in hair. When hair is healthy, it is reactive to be stretched and styled, then able to return to a normal, healthy state. 

Try incorporating a protein and oil treatment once or twice a week to keep those locks healthy and soft. After shampooing, put a generous amount of a protein treatment into your palm and add a few drops of a moisture-rich oil. Then, apply it to your damp hair and distribute evenly using a wide toothed comb. Let this sit for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse! Finish with a leave-in, protein-packed conditioner to keep your hair protected all day.


Fight Dandruff

With so much focus on keeping your hair hydrated, don't forget to show some love to your scalp too. While snow in the air may be pretty to see, snow in your hair is not. Keep the dandruff at bay with regular clarifying treatments and proper evaluation of the cause. While it could be simple dryness, or an oily scalp, it is best to see your dermatologist and make sure.

conditioner comb.jpgClarifying treatments will remove any build-up and residue that can clog the hair follicles and irritate the scalp. For those prone to dryness, use a hydrating shampoo in your cleansing routine. You can also do an oil treatment on your scalp with a head massage to help stimulate the hair follicles. Those with oily scalps should condition every other day, or 2-3 times a week, while being sure to focus on the midshaft to ends.


Seal The Cuticle

The key to frizz and static-free hair in the winter is more than just using the right products; you have to wash and dry your hair properly as well. In the shower, hot water opens the cuticle, allowing moisture to escape the hair. Cool water, on the other hand, keeps the cuticle closed, allowing moisture to stay right where it belongs. So , be sure to always to always seal the cuticle by rinsing the hair with tepid water. 

boar bristle brush.jpgWhen towel drying your hair, you have to be careful not to reopen the cuticle by roughing up your strands. Instead, gently squeeze the moisture out of your hair. Apply a serum and let the rest air dry. Finish with a good boar bristle to distribute the natural oils down the cuticle shaft of the hair.  This is an age-old practice for conditioning.



Style With Care

The dryer the air, the more static there is, especially if the hair is blown dry and brushed. Look for styling products that will not only hydrate the hair, but stop the static as well. To infuse moisture throughout every strand, apply a serum to dry or damp hair and distribute evenly. This will smooth down the cuticle and reduce frizz and fly-aways.  Always have a gloss mist, serum, or oil handy to control that annoying static electricity all day long!

The main cause of lackluster hair is over-dying, especially when it's already missing a lot of its moisture. Keep in mind that styling tools can dry out the hair even more, so always use a thermal protectant and turn down the temperatures!  When blow drying the hair, be sure to use a medium-to-low heat setting with maximum air flow. You’ll get the results you want without cranking the temp to 450 degrees.

To keep your hair in the ultimate condition, you’ll need a styling product that replenishes Essential Fatty Acids and can still be used on a daily basis. Look out for All-Nutrient's newest styling treatment and your soon-to-be newest obsession, DailypHx™, routine-therapy for your hair, coming soon.


Smart Accessorizing 

When you have to bundle up in static-inducing coats and scarves each morning, it can be difficult to style your hair for both fashion and function.  Overuse of clips and elastics, especially in the same place, can lead to stress, which will eventually cause breakage, so you want to avoid throwing it in a ponytail every day. Instead, change it up! Braids are ideal for keeping hair tucked inside a warm winter beanie, while a top bun, or ponytail work well to keep your hair from getting tangled up in your scarf. Be sure to mix up the placement of the styles as well so that tension is not repeatedly placed in the same area.

For a safer-alternative to elastics, try spin pins! They keep your hair secure with the least possible tearing, so you don’t have to worry about breakage, or that dreaded elastic indent. You can also use cashmere turbans that will not harm the hair and keep your head warm!


Topics: hair care