Some women think that the most damaging time of year for their hair is during the summertime. However, the frequent temperature changes, dry air and stuffy indoor heat in the winter months can cause even greater harm, according to Nico, master colorist at New York City's Mizu Salon.
There's no doubt about it – silky hair looks young and healthy, and New York City's top experts offer their insights on ways to healthy hair by beating the winter weather effects. Just because we're hiding under bulky winter clothes doesn't mean we don't want to still look our best. You can stand out in the winter "overdressed" crowd by showing off glossy, gorgeous hair.
Expert Tips to Make Hair Shine
Here are some expert tips for keeping hair and color vibrant and healthy-looking all winter long:
Nico says, "Have your stylist extend the processing time on gloss, shine and post-color services. Then, apply a clear gloss in between salon appointments to keep your cuticles sealed, to boost shine and enhance color vibrancy. Nico recommends Clairol Professional Jazzing in clear (starting at $5.59, available at beauty supply stores).
Shampoo your hair less often. "Less shampooing means less fading, it's that simple," says Nico. NYC hair expert Scott Wasserman, owner of Hair & the City agrees and adds, "Only wash your hair four times a week. Use a dry shampoo in between washes."
When you do shampoo, use a good color safe shampoo and conditioner. Nico suggests Clairol Professional Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (starting at $9.00 each, available at beauty supply stores).
Static electricity can cause dull, lifeless and flyaway-ridden hair. To fix this, add two to three drops of hair oil to a gloss or deep conditioning treatment. It reduces the dry flyaways and gives the hair another line of defense against the cold (and hot) air.
Just because it's winter doesn't mean the sun can't be strong. Wasserman cautions, "Always wear a hat if you're going to be in the sun."
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