Your hair is golden waves of agreement when the weather's balmy, but once the cold, dry air starts blowing and the static electricity is flowing, your hair nightmare can turn into reality. Miranda Edwards-Sargent, stylist at Rootz Salon in Sophia, W. Va., says just because the weather outside is frightful, it doesn’t mean your hair has to be. Sargent shares her secrets here to staying stylish in spite of the forecast.
1. Lay off the glycerin: While it has a reputation that makes it a staple in smoothing and de-frizzing products, glycerin can actually be detrimental to hair in colder weather. Glycerin works by pulling moisture from the air into your hair. Unfortunately, it can have the opposite effect in cold weather, pulling moisture from your hair instead. If you do use it, make sure to use it with water or in water-based products only.
2. Love 'em and leave-in: After leaving your glycerin-based products behind, replace your moisture source by doubling up on leave-in conditioner. Try softer or lighter hold gels in the fall and winter months rather than maximum hold products that will leave your hair feeling crispy. Since there’s no need for a thick application of gel to fight humidity, apply lightly and add more only as needed.
3. Beat the artificial heat: Cold, dry air, static electricity, and everyday use of heat styling tools can quickly render your ends brittle and frayed. Save your strands by shampooing less often (maybe every other day unless your hair is oily by nature), giving your hair much-needed rest and time to absorb its natural oils.
4. Go protein free: Our diets need helpings of protein, but our hair should pass on it. Products containing proteins can protect damaged hair, but they can also cause build-up and may make hair dull and brittle. Avoid these or use less during harsher weather months.