Expert Winter Hair Care Tips
I have a few questions. How are you treating your hair during these cold days? Are you just throwing a wool scarf on your head and just going about your business? Are you using any shampoo without realizing the impact that it is having on your hair? Or are you the kitchen beautician that create as concoction in your home and believe that you are doing your hair the best service possible?
Did you know that your hair has the same composition as your skin; proteins, amino acids, keratin, water and more? When it comes to the treatment of our skin we are very proactive, we purchase the appropriate skins care treatments, make sure we are moisturized and cover up to protect our hair from the elements. When it comes to our hair it seems to be a different story.
Hair requires extra attention when the winter months arrive. It is not just enough to throw on a scarf or hat and just go. Just as the skin become dry and irritated the same things can happen to our hair. The first thing that I want you to keep in mind is that hair requires just as must moisture as our skin does.
Hair receives moisture in three ways.
1. Direct intake through the body.
Yes if you do not want dry hair you must drink more water.
2. The type of shampoo used to cleanse the hair where is the word water listed on the label is it first, second or last?
Rule of thumb, read the ingredients, typically the first word is the highest concentration.
3. Conditioner, this is the final product that will be used on your cleansing journey.
Is it a hydrating conditioner, does it have vitamin E or any conditioning agent? Or is it just a pretty bottle with a model with shinny hair.
These are the basic essentials necessary to having healthy hydrated hair during this time of the year.
For you at home beauticians, it is very simple. Leave the product development to the pros. unless you have a cosmetology license and a degree is chemistry a lot of the times you are doing more damage to your hair than helping it. If your home remedy can clean your floors why would you be using it in your hair? I have heard of the vinegar rinses, oil remedies and so on. Leave it to the pros, the Internet will never be a good substitute for quality professionally produced products. Shiny hair does not mean hydrated hair its just shiny hair too much oil can clog pores and suffocate the hair.
Now that we know what we need to do for healthy hair during this time, where do we purchase these products? I personally am a fan of professional products. These products typically have been tested and come with guarantee when purchased for a salon and have proven results. The same way that you buy a nice coat to keep your body warm, purchase the best lotion to keep your skin moisturized you have to do the same thing with your hair care regimen. It is true that you do get what you pay and for most consumers purchasing quality professional products is not high on the list especially when you see the outrageous mark up in some the grocery, retail and beauty stores. Many chose to purchase the $1 to $3 bottles of shampoo or conditioner without proper understanding.
Again read the ingredients if it has some of the same ingredients as your floor cleaner think about it. If it will strip my floor, it will strip all the essential natural oils from my hair. I understand the economics and we have to value our money, but the average bottle of shampoo and conditioners in a salon cost approximately $10 each and will last on average 4-6 weeks minimum based usage. If you follow the directions you will find that professional products last longer than the less expensive ones therefore, making it a cost effective purchase.
Here are a few really great hydrating shampoos and conditioners.
Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner by Paul Mitchell
Marula, Intensive Moisture by John Paul DeJoria
Drench Aquage by Sebastian
Remember to do your research find a product that works for you!
written by Eston Stylz, FTLOS Executive Beauty Director