The red carpet is home to megastars like Salma Hayek who have mastered the art of smooth, bouncy locks. But for us mere mortals, the battle with our misbehaving curls is a fight that continues long after the humid days of summer are behind us. Try these steps from salon owner Nick Penna, Jr. to keep your hair healthy and frizz-free all winter long.
1. Most women rely on heating tools to style their hair, but these may be extremely detrimental to tresses during the cold weather. Allow extra time to get ready so you can let hair air-dry and refrain from using your hair dryer. It removes moisture that’s needed for protection against the already harsh conditions outside. TIP: If you normally use a curling iron to style your tresses, two great alternatives are affordable unheated rollers or retro pin curls.
2. If you’re going to wear a hat, be conscious about your choice in style. Avoid wool, felt or knit fabrics because they tend to flatten hair and create static with your locks. Instead, try a loose-fitting fleece or cotton because it will decrease static electricity and cause less damage. Also, before heading out into the cold, use a spritz of hairspray (just enough to control fly-aways) to reduce friction between your hair and the hat.
3. Silk is the best fabric for dry weather. Although not warm, silk is woven closer than cotton and is therefore, gentler on hair. With that in mind, try sleeping on a silk pillowcase or wrapping your hair in silk before wearing a hat.
4. In the shower, use your favorite conditioner but don’t wash it out. Instead of rinsing out the conditioner, wrap your damp locks in a cotton turban and go to sleep. This mini DIY deep conditioning treatment will coat your locks with added moisture and keep dryness and frizz at bay.
5. Reassess your essentials. Look at your hairbrush and see if the bristles are worn. If they look like they’ve seen better days, it’s time to invest in a new brush. Broken bristles could be harming your hair and adding unwanted damage and frizz. Opt for gold plated combs or brushes with natural bristles to calm and neutralize your static-charged hair. Instead of scraping through your strands, the plates will glide seamlessly through hair, thus decreasing frizz.