Sunday, March 02, 2014

Winter Hair Tips and Tricks via Home Shopping Network

Hello Beauties,

This post is to share some tips and tricks that Beauty O'holic's V.I.P.'s (part-time bloggers) and myself have accumulated over the past winter season (which in some states, isn't over yet) and combined for a go-to easy ready. While I am in Florida and our "winters" are in their 40's, our writers are in various states throughout North America and Canada. Jackie Samoraj, the Community Outreach Manager from the Home Shopping Network (HSN), contacted me about a post written by Ann Colville Somma with "6 Must Read tips for Healthy Winter Hair."

Ann's post has an incredibly helpful list of tips and tricks that can be life savers for your hair during the winter season. For our post, I'm breaking it down just a bit more. After reading numerous posts about how winter hair can damage your hair, many of you can be confused on where to start preventing and repairing your hair. Many posts don't go into great detail about how to prevent if you already have healthy hair OR how to repair already damaged hair - EXCEPT for us (credit will be provided for each tip).

Preventative (Undamaged) Hair

  • Use a humidifier in the home to counteract drying from home heating – extra moisture is a must have (Deanna and Darci).
  • Keep yourself healthy, as staying fit can help produce healthy hair all year long (Deanna).
  • Stay hydrated and eat lots of healthy omega-3’s, such as fish, nuts, flax seeds, avocadoes, olive oil, and if you’d like, sardines (Darci and Deanna).
  • As often as possible, put away the hot tools and let your hair do its own thing. Even just setting aside the blow dryer and curling iron a couple of days a week can help prevent damage, and don’t forget to use a good heat protectant (Lainey).
  • Use the time you’re asleep to help your hair soften up and beat the freezing temperatures. Mix a few drops of coconut oil with your favorite leave in conditioner, and let it stay in your hair while you snooze. Do this once a week for the best results (Lainey).
  • Leave-In Conditioner, so awesome for taming the flyaway's and frizzies (Lindsey J). Some brands I've used in the past are Garnier Frutis and HealthySexyHair (Lindsey J).
  • If all else fails, cover it up. There are plenty of swanky hats you can get; I prefer the chunky cable knits (Lindsey J). HATS!! To avoid (hat hair) wrap your hair with a silk scarf before putting your hat on. The silk scarf will also cut static (Deanna and Darci).
  • Avoid any playing with your hair that is not needed (Deanna).
Shower - Do's and Don't's

  • Weekly Hair Treatments – Condition! Condition! Condition! Deep condition or hot oil treatment at least once a week (Deanna and Darci). For a D.I.Y. Winter Hair Mask Recipe, check out Hope’s Winter Mask (Hope).
  • Take cooler, quicker showers – hot water is drying to both your skin and your hair (Deanna and Darci).
  • Don’t wash your hair every day, as you can strip the natural oils from your hair (Deanna and Darci).
  • Winter can wreak havoc on your hair. That is why it is so important to take care of it properly! In order to do that, you may need to embrace change – at least for a few months. Your roots need some much needed TLC; I suggest cutting down on products with a lot of chemicals (Deanna). Know your favorite shampoo and conditioner? Ditch them. It’s time to use different hair products that really target those specific winter related issues, like dryness or a dull appearance. Opt for things that have moisturizing properties and be sure to use a hair mask once a week (see bullet #8). It won’t be long before you see (and feel!) the difference (Shannon).
  • If you haven’t switched to more moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for winter, you should consider it. Clear Hair & Scalp Therapy is a great choice for preventing damage (Lainey).
Repair (Damaged) Hair

  • Weekly Hair Treatments (see bullet #9). This will cure a dry scalp (Meredith). 
  •  Don’t forget about your scalp, it needs attention too! Mix two tablespoons of vitamin e, coconut or olive oil with a few drops of tea tree oil for a way to end flakes and dryness, as well as replenish natural scalp oils and moisture (Darci). Apply the oil to damp hair, blast it with a blow dryer for one minute and let it sit for 20-30 minutes before washing it out (Lainey). It itching is from product build up, rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar before shampooing (Darci).
  • You just got out of the shower and you’re running behind schedule. Walking around with wet hair after a shower is obviously out of the question in winter, but did you know that wrapping your hair in a towel can rough it up, causing frizz and damage? Try wrapping it in a soft cotton T-shirt instead. It may be tempting to skip the blow dryer and dash out to the car. Surely your hair will dry on the way to work, right? That may be true, but it is not a good idea. When you leave the house with wet hair, it can cause serious damage. Why? Once the hair freezes (even a little bit) it can cause it to become brittle (Shannon, Darci and Deanna). Be sure that your hair is totally dry before you leave. Remember, preventing hair damage is a whole lot easier than reversing it (Shannon)!
  • Restore Shine: Cold water – make sure you are consuming plenty of water, oils, vinegar, aloe vera, etc (Deanna) (see bullet #2 & #3). 
  •  Restore Bounce: Let hair air dry in a ponytail on top of your head, rinse hair in vinegar and make sure you don’t have product build up (see bullet #15) (Deanna).
Styling Tips

  •  Maintain your split ends. They can get worse during the winter season, due to the cold wind and evil snow. Keep your hair trimmed (this keeps your hair healthy) (Meredith).
  • Buns and braids are a few of many protective styles to choose from (Meredith). 
  • Use a wooden brush or comb (Deanna).
I would like to thank our Beauty V.I.P.'s (Deanna Leduc - All The Hair Info You Need Blog, Lainey Lorio - The Belle Beauty Blog, Shannon Boyce, Lindsey A. Jones - The Stylista by SC and Darci) again for their dedication and creativity by supporting their own tips and tricks for this post.

We'd like to thank Jackie Samoraj and the Home Shopping Network (HSN) again for this amazing opportunity. If you've got additional tips and tricks that protect and restore your hair during the winter months, we'd love to hear about them in the comments!
~The Beauty O'holic Team

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