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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.

10 Foods that can curb Hair Loss

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There’s no doubt about it, we all want a luxurious, full head of hair. Although hair loss is most commonly associated with men, women also suffer from this problem — and sadly hair loss in women is a lot less acceptable in society today. According to the American Hair Loss Association, women actually make up 40 percent of American hair loss sufferers. (1) Such a common problem among both and women, it’s unsurprising that so many people look for hair loss remedies far and wide.

Here are 10 Foods that can help curb potential hair loss and will keep you healthy too!

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Spinach: Spinach is a great source of iron, vitamin A and C and protein. Iron deficiency is the main cause of hair fall and spinach is not only iron-rich, it also contains sebum which acts as a natural conditioner for hair. It also provides us with omega-3 acid, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. These help in maintaining a healthy scalp and lustrous hair.

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Carrots and Sweet Potatoes: Sneak carrots in your diet for those long and lustrous locks. Known to be good for the eyes, carrots contain Vitamin A that also improves hair growth. Sweet potatoes are also packed with beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A in our body. A deficiency of vitamin A may lead to dry and itchy scalp. 

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Eggs and Yogurt: Yogurt and eggs are loaded with essential nutrients such as proteins, Vitamin B12, iron, zinc and Omega 6 fatty acids. Dairy products are also a great source of biotin (Vitamin B7) that is known to fight hair loss. 

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Oats: Include a big bowl of oats in your morning meal to bid goodbye to hair fall. Oats are rich in fiber, zinc, iron, omega-6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) that stimulate hair growth and will make your hair thick and healthy. 

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Walnuts: Add walnuts to your diet to prevent hair loss. It is the only known nut that contains biotin, B vitamins (B1, B6 and B9), Vitamin E, plenty of protein and magnesium, all of which strengthen hair cuticles and nourish the scalp. It helps protect your cells from DNA damage which may be caused due to sun exposure.

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Lentils: Lentils are loaded with protein, iron, zinc, and biotin. Besides this, lentils are full of folic acid which is necessary for restoring the health of red blood cells that supply the skin and scalp with much-needed oxygen.

Chicken: Poultry meat is rich in high quality protein which strengthens fragile hair and prevents breakage. Since hair and nails are composed of proteins, one should include them in their daily diet.

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Strawberry: Strawberries contain high levels of silica. Silica is a trace mineral vital for hair strength and hair growth. Other silica rich foods include rice, oats, onion, cabbage, cucumber and cauliflower.

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Yogurt: Yogurt is packed with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D that are known to promote hair follicle health. Alternatively, you can also use yogurt to make a hair mask every once in a while.

Foods rich in Vitamin-C: Vitamin C supports the absorption of iron in our body, the deficiency of which may lead to hair loss. Vitamin C is also known for its antioxidant properties which reduces the damage caused by free radicals that may make your hair brittle and weak. Add fruits like oranges, papaya, blueberries, lime and kiwi to your diet. Vitamin C also helps in the production of an essential protein called collagen which strengthens blood vessels that supports the hair shafts.

There is more than just external things to help you maintain or curb hair loss. We at Diverse Roots Salon also believe that it starts inside out as well. Maintaining a well-balanced healthy eating lifestyle can also help aid in the prevention on women’s hair loss. It’ not just about us… It’s about our clients and friends as well!

Cheers!

Your family at Diverse Roots Salon

Healthy Hair Inside and Out!

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Nutrition plays a key role to the health of the hair. For ladies, quick hair loss could result from a lack of many nutrients, particularly minerals and proteins. Low iron levels are known to be a causative factor for hair loss [Source: Shrivastava]. Often times if iron is low, other minerals such zinc are low, too. A lack of iron and other minerals can come from a lack of quality daily protein intake. Too much sugar and processed foods will also lead to a lack of minerals that your hair needs.  Individuals with patchy hair loss might need more protein from various sources. Poor digestion such as bloating, heartburn or irregular bowel movements could be a sign that food is not being digested in a way that allows the body to absorb and use it well. A high potency multivitamin is often needed to help replenish the body’s needs. Biotin is another vitamin that is safe and simple to use for nutrition of the hair. Essential fatty acids would complement this nutrition program. Vitamin D may also be important for those who are low and for those who are losing hair due to an autoimmune process. This process is the overreaction of the immune system mentioned earlier that can lead to rapid, patchy hair loss.

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Hormones can play a significant role in the health and quality of the hair. Low levels of thyroid hormone can be a very common reason for hair loss [Source: Shrivastava]. The thyroid gland should be evaluated closely for any signs of deficiency by both lab tests and symptom evaluation. The thyroid gland needs minerals such as iodine, zinc and selenium to work effectively. If stress has been an issue, cortisol levels should also be evaluated. Cortisol is a hormone made in both men and women by the adrenal gland. This gland was made to respond rapidly to stress, but only in spurts, not in long sequences like those we face today. Chronic stress will eventually weaken this gland and the body. Cortisol levels can provide assessments on how well the adrenal gland is currently able to keep up. Chronic stress must be addressed and the adrenal gland must be fed to maintain the health of the body, including the health of the hair and scalp. Hair loss has been improved by hypnosis, with one of the biggest effects being help with underlying stress and anxiety [Source: Willemsen]. For both the health of the hair and for stress, vitamin C and B complex can be very important. Throwing out the soft drinks, processed foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners will greatly improve the chances of hair follicle stimulation.



Sleep is another must have to help fight hair loss. Lack of quality, deep sleep cuts away the time frame the body uses to repair itself. Going to bed late will affect the body’s healing ability. Going to bed with lights on or with ambient light from the outside will also limit one’s quality of sleep. Hair loss may be one of many symptoms that occur when the body is withheld from the deep sleep that it needs. Plan to rest at a consistent time in a comfortable bed. When going to sleep, allow the room to be as dark as possible using blackout shades on the windows as necessary. Keep a flashlight or light that you can easily turn on available for trips to the bathroom.

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Diverse Roots Salon 5 Things You Should Be Doing This Winter For Healthy, Beautiful Hair

Now that the winter months are upon us and the days are getting much colder, it’s time to start thinking about ways to protect our hair from the damage that the winter elements can cause. Here are Diverse Roots Salon five tips that will help you maintain healthy, beautiful hair this season.

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“Curls have a language of their own.”

1. One very simple tip is to wear a hat when out as it keeps your hair covered from the wind, rain and snow. But as we all know, no woman wants the “dreaded hat hair.” A great way to avoid this is to wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on your cozy, wool beanie. This helps to protect your hair from damage caused by the hat rubbing against your hair and it also cuts down on the static. 

Another great way to combat static is to use a good heat styling product for blow-drying such as the Heat Protect and Shine Spray. This can also be used on dry hair before using a curling iron or flat iron.  

2. During the winter months, it’s a great idea to treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning treatment. This will help to replenish the moisture, which tends to get depleted from things such as the dry heat in your apartment and the cold winter air. I recommend something like a Hair Masque. These products are quick and easy ways to lock moisture back into your hair.

An alternative is to use a Nourishing Hair Oil after you’ve shampooed your hair. It’s like liquid gold for dehydrated or color-treated hair! This can be used on wet hair to blow-dry in or as a smoother and shine oil on dry hair. 

3. I also find if you can keep washing your hair to a minimum, say two to three times a week, this will prevent your hair from drying out too much. And always make sure you dry your hair before leaving the house. Not only because you will get a cold, but the moisture in your hair combined with the cold air, will add further damage to your hair by making it more brittle and dry.

4. Regular trims are a great way to keep your hair in good health during the winter months as well — every six to eight weeks, just get a light dusting of the ends to help reduce the chance of dry, splitting ends.

5. One unexpected secret to keep your hair looking good in the winter is to invest in a humidifier. I know you’re thinking that humidity equals frizzy hair, but when you have the heat on, the air in your apartment or home becomes very dry and I find the humidifier helps stop your hair and skin from feeling dry. The main problem with the humidifier is that they’re not very nice-looking. I recently found a great one by Middle that looks chic and works great.