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11 Tips for Winter Hair Care

Winter is around the corner and soon we will see temperatures drop, a new set of hair issues start to pop up. You start to see roots begin to frizz and our ends rapidly dry out. However, this season you can solve your top winter hair problems by being proactive with your haircare routine. From hydrating your hair on-the-go to stopping static on its tracks, here are 11 winter hair tips that can help to keep your strands looking fabulous all season long.

1. SWITCH UP YOUR HAIR DRYER

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Not all hair dryers are created equal. To help fight off frizz and speed up your drying time, reach for an ionic blow dryer to help dry your strands. Unlike traditional blow dryers, ionic dryers emit negative ions. These tiny particles help to separate and evaporate water molecules at a rapid rate. As this helps to dry your hair faster, your hair spends less time in direct heat, which prevents damage and unwanted frizz.

Using an ionic dryer is also a great way to speed up your routine in the morning. Honestly, who wants to spend all morning drying their strands? Cut your drying time in half by using an ionic blow dryer paired with a heat protectant like J Beverly Hill Platinum REVIVE™ that accelerates your blow drying time for a quicker, more efficient hair care routine.

2. SEAL SPLIT ENDS

It’s no secret that winter weather can be super drying on our lovely Locs. Be proactive this winter season by using products that that will help to hydrate your strands and protect your hair from damage or breakage. Talk to your Diverse Roots Salon Stylist about products that can help in that department. By reaching for Ouidad and J Beverly Hill products that help to lock in moisture, you can better protect your ends and save yourself from heading to the salon.

However, if you do find yourself with bothersome split ends, reach for a leave-in split end treatment to help reduce the appearance of uneven or broken ends. This handy treatment works by conditioning the hair and strengthening the strands from root-to-tip.

3. FIGHT FLAKES

As the temperature starts to plummet, so does the condition of our scalp. Between the chilly outdoor temperatures and the warm indoor heat, our scalps can become very dry and flaky. To help ward off the flakes and to keep your favorite black sweater looking spotless, switch to a shampoo that contains salicylic acid. This powerful ingredient works wonders at exfoliating the scalp, removing dead skin cells and breaking down any built up product on the scalp. Use this exfoliating shampoo as needed to keep your hair free from flakes.

4. SILKY SMOOTH

Don’t let hat hair keep you down. Prevent any unwanted frizz or denting by choosing hats that are lined with silk. The smooth texture of the fabric helps to smooth the hair’s cuticle and keep the hair static-free. It’s a great way to fight off hat hair and winter frizz all-in-one!

5. METAL? Yes METAL!

One of the best ways to prevent static during the winter is by using a metal comb when brushing the hair. As you brush, the metal in the comb works to eliminate static that has built up in your hair. Throw one in your handbag for quick touchups on-the-go this winter.

6. ADD SHINE

Throughout the winter, your haircolor can start to look dull or faded due to the dryness in the strands. Replenish your hair’s natural sheen by using a shine spray throughout your ends. Adding J Beverly Hill Platinum SHINE back to your strands can help to revitalize your haircolor and make your strands look more vibrant.

7. DOUBLE UP

 Get a heat protectant like J Beverly Hill Platinum REVIVE™ with dual benefits—protect your hair from heat damage as well as smooth your ends. It’s a one-two punch for keeping your hair looking fabulous when styling your hair this winter.

 8. PUMP UP THE VOLUME

Besides frizz, flattened roots are another annoying hair issue that comes with winter hat hair. In order to keep your roots looking full and voluminous, reach for a dry shampoo to help boost your strands. Simply spray throughout your roots and comb through with a metal brush to help liven up your hair. Consult with a Diverse Roots Salon Stylist today!

 9. GLOSS IT UP

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Keep your haircolor looking fresh this winter by scheduling a Diverse Roots Salon hair gloss service with your stylist. Hair glosses help to tone and refresh the haircolor while adding shine and conditioning to the hair. It’s exactly what your hair needs during the chilly winter months.

 

10. STOP STATIC IN ITS TRACKS

Fight static on the go by packing a few frizz fighting sheets in your purse. These sheets work to help eliminate static without adding product or weighing down the hair. It’s an easy way to touch up your hairstyle while on-the-go.

 

11. HYDRATE YOUR HAIR ON-THE-GO

Keep your hair hydrated all day long by spritzing your ends with a leave-in conditioner. The spray will help to moisturize your hair and keep it protected from the drying winter winds.

Summer Hair Care

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With some extra TLC, this doesn't have to be the season of bad hair days.

Just as the sun damages your skin, it can damage your hair, too. Saltwater and chlorine also take a toll on our locks. The not-so-pretty outcome: A few weeks into summer, hair that was shiny and easily managed looks and feels fried.

Fried hair isn't just a figure of speech.  Actually ultraviolet rays of the sun damages the hair shaft. The damage is most obvious when we see color-treated hair becoming faded, bleached, and brassy.

Even hair that isn't colored will suffer from sun-induced stress. Those UV rays dry out hair and rough up the normally smooth cuticle, or outer layer, of the hair shaft.

Frizz Factor

The dryer the hair is, the more likely it is to suffer from a summer Frizz Fitz.

Why does this happen?

That's because parched hair soaks up the extra humidity in the air, causing the shaft to swell and leading to breaks in the cuticle. Hair puffs up and goes every which way but smooth.

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Swimming Damage

Swimming beats up your hair, too. Take a plunge in a pool and while you're doing the breaststroke, chlorine is stripping your hair of its natural protective oils. If you're a blonde, you may find your locks taking on an unflattering greenish cast. That's caused by the copper molecules and other pool chemicals that bind to the protein in the hair shaft.

A dip in the ocean stresses hair in another way. The heavy salt content in seawater draws water out of your hair and skin which leaves you with prune fingers and dried out hair.

Tips for Healthy and Gorgeous Summer Hair

Summer doesn't have to be the season of bad hair days. With some extra TLC, your hair can look great on the steamiest and hottest days. Here are some hot-weather hair taming tips from Diverse Roots Salon.

  1. Start summer with a trim. You'll get rid of split ends and refresh your style. You might need a mid-season cut, too. Hair really does grow faster in the summer. That's because there are more hairs in the anagen, or growing, stage during late spring and summer than in the dead of winter.
  2. Shield your strands from the sun. Make a daily habit of applying a hair care product that contains UV filters (these can be in spray, gel, or cream formulas). These products protect hair from sun damage and help keep color-processed hair from fading. If you'll be spending lots of time outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat. Not only will it keep your strands from getting scorched, it will also protect your scalp and ears, areas that are vulnerable to skin cancer.
  3. Saturate strands before taking a dip. If your hair is drenched with clean water or leave-in conditioner, it won't absorb as much saltwater or pool chemicals. It's also a good idea to try to rinse your hair after a swim. If there isn't a shower nearby, keep a spray bottle filled with fresh water.
  4. Switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. We prefer J Beverly Hills Platnium or Ouidad. You may be washing your hair more frequently to deal with summer's sweat and grime. We at Diverse Roots Salon also suggests using a clarifying, or anti-residue, shampoo once a week to clear away product buildup and chemicals. Just be sure to follow with a deep-conditioning treatment.
  5. Skip the hot tools. At least once or twice a week, give your hair a break from blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. Diverse Roots Stylists recommends washing your hair at night and piling it up in a bun, a braid, or ponytail before you head to bed. "When you wake up, you'll have a nice wavy hair.  It's the perfect look for weekends, or make it work-ready with some hair accessories.
  6. Outwit the frizz. Hair that's healthy and well-maintained is your best defense against frizz. Along with regular trims and conditioning, a drop or two of an anti-frizz oil or serum like J BEVERLY HILLS PLATINUM REVIVE COCONUT OIL can help smooth hair and add shine.
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But let's face it: When the air is so thick with humidity it feels like molasses, frizz is going to happen. Don't waste your summer trying to fight frizz. Instead, find an easy go-to hairdo like a slick pony, high bun, or side braid for those high-humidity days.