Has The Grinch Stolen Your Strands? Here's How To Fix Them

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Ah, winter: the time of giving unto others, wrapping ourselves in warm scarves and brightly-colored pea coats on our way to so-and-so's holiday get-togethers, but with all the fun we've got going on this time of year comes a lot of damage to our hair. Between the harsh winter winds and heat appliances scorching our gorgeous manes comes some pretty dried out situations. What can we do about it? There's a few things.

According to Dr. Robert Dorin, one of the leading celeb hair experts in New York City, "During the winter months when the air is cold and the relative humidity is low, moisture can be more readily sapped from our scalp and hair leaving it dry, brittle and frizzy," he told us. Static charges also build up on our tresses with more ease because they rub against winter accessories (think heavy scarves and sweaters) - this leads to more flyaway hairs and damage as we try to brush our 'dos into submission.

The good news is, we can fix it. Dr. Dorin suggests we:
  • Use a ammonium or sodium laurel sulfate free shampoo as other types of shampoo over strips the natural oils of your scalp and hair.
  • Minimize hair washing frequency to two to three times per week if you already have damaged dry or damaged hair.
  • Always wash your hair in warm (never hot) water and do a cool water rinse. The cool water will cause the keratin filled cells of the cuticle to clamp down and lay flat rendering you hair more shinny and insuring its natural integrity to protect the cortex of the hair shaft.
  • Do not vigorously towel dry your hair rubbing it back and forth, as this lifts up the cuticle lawyer of the hair, making the hair rough and dull. Rather use a super absorbent microfiber towel and gently blot your hair to absorb as much water as possible.
  • Always use a deep moisturizing conditioner after every shampooing, leaving it on for at least 3-5 minutes, rinsing in cool not hot water.
  • Try to minimize the use or time of exposure of heat styling tools such as blow dryers , curling irons and flat irons as these can reach temperatures if 125-175 degrees. This can cause the water in the cortex of your hair shaft to expand and pop through, lifting up the cuticle layer, causing weak points at these locations, leaving your hair in a vulnerable state known as Bubble hair.
  • If you must use heat styling tools (and let's be honest, we do): Apply a thermal protecting product to your hair just prior to their use (like this one), as this can help minimize the deleterious heat effects.

And finally, oils such as coconut oil are great to look for in conditioners. Coconut oil is all natural and helps with the flexibility and strength of strands to help prevent breakage. Hydrolyzed keratin is another great ingredient to look for in hair products as it is a natural protein found in our hair and skin. Also, Caffeine as found in this Scientific Essentials Therapeutics Mist works great to minimize hair shedding.

Take that, Grinch of Tresses!

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