Hair needs year-round care; however, the cold winter months are sure to present a new set of chilly issues. Inspired by the wintery beauty of Scandinavia, mother Inger Ellen and her daughter Christinah have together founded Eleni & Chris – a natural hair care brand. Here’s what the duo says you need to know about the season and how to get the extra TLC your strands deserve.
How is hair care different in the winter than in warmer months?
Dry and cold air certainly takes its toll on the hair during winter. Most of us experience that our hair becomes dry, brittle, frizzy and the scalp becomes extra dry and sometimes even flaky.
How should a person’s hair care regimen change for the season?
As with skin, the hair responds differently to winter so, switching up your hair regimen with products that are rich in moisture is essential. Swap your conditioner for a more moisture-intense product to ensure that your hair gets enough nutrients. In addition, always use an effective leave-in product that will protect your hair throughout the day.
The scalp is an area that tends to be overlooked, so stimulating the scalp throughout the winter with an extra massage when washing the hair is excellent for increasing the blood flow for healthier scalp and hair growth. Stock up with a good hairspray and metal comb to combat static winter hair.
Is the type or frequency of conditioning treatments any different during these months?
Once a week is an ideal frequency any time of the year, but if you are in a place with low temperatures and harsh wind, we would recommend switching to a deep conditioning treatment to ensure that your hair gets enough moisture.
How can someone help protect their hair in the winter?
A rich conditioner will give your hair the extra protection and care to cope with the winter cold. The ideal product for this is Eleni & Chris KeraMin Strengthening Conditioner, an intense conditioner, which has a great balance of both moisture and protein. It strengthens the hair from the inside as well as gives deep moisture for softer hair.
An effective leave-in product to protect your hair throughout the day is absolutely key during the winter months. A leave-in product is like a moisturizer for the hair and choosing one with anti-frizz properties during winter months will protect your hair, maintain suppleness, and give you the added frizz control.
What are some of the issues in the winter as far as styling or keeping a style? How can they be overcome?
There’s much less humidity in the air during colder months, which causes hair to become dry, unmanageable, and more prone to static. Always use a leave-in product at least on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. And, don’t over-dry the hair; rather leave it a little damp.
Give your hair some TLC by moisturizing your strands with a smoothing hair oil. Also, don’t leave your house without hairspray or a metal comb. A good hairspray is essential to control static hair. Opt for a spray with medium and flexible hold that can be layered throughout the day while still maintaining your look.
Are there certain styles or techniques that would “transport” better in winter?
What you wear can make the hair have more static during winter. Man-made materials cause more static than natural ones, so opt for cotton, linen, silk, and wool over rayon, polyester, and nylon.
Any tips for avoiding “hat head?”
• Be sure to dry your hair thoroughly, as wet or damp hair will dry underneath the hat and may take on the shape of the hat itself, causing the unruly appearance of hat hair.
•Check the size of your hat. Hat head is most common when you wear a hat that is too small for your head. You should be able to fit your finger between the hat band and your head.
•One trick to prevent static hair is to spray a tiny bit of hairspray inside the hat, as this will work as a static guard.
Any other winter hair care tips you can suggest?
If your scalp is feeling dry, consider using a shampoo for sensitive scalp that gently cleanses and balances dry scalp.
Fly-away hair is also prevalent during the winter months. To combat this, spray a little hairspray on your metal brush before combing, this is a great trick to get rid of flyaway hair instantly.
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