Fear not winter goddesses; Marc Anthony shares his dry hair solutions for a long winter at its beautified best, plus a Q&A on some common but seldom addressed winter style issues.
Dry Hair and Scalp
Winter’s lack of moisture can cause a dry, flaky scalp and as your scalp dries out so does your hair. The air around you (inside and out) also lacks moisture and as a result sucks it out of anywhere it can find it, including your hair. Hair becomes flatter and also begins to lack shine.
· Know your flakes: Be mindful of a dry scalp vs. dandruff. Dry scalp is caused by dehydration, dry heat and poor products stripping the hair, resulting in white flakes. Dandruff is actually a fungal or bacterial infection of the scalp. The flakes or skin cell clusters are large at times, greasy or waxy and are yellow or gray in colour. Anti-fungal shampoos can be horribly drying to those who don’t actually have dandruff.
· A winter cut: If you live in an exceptionally dry climate during the winter, speak to your stylist about tweaking your haircut as the lack of moisture makes your hair sit differently than it does in the more moist summer months.
· Wash less: Dare we say this? Shampoo less to keep your natural oils where they need to be. If you need a bit of a boost try a dry shampoo to trap excess oil and add a bit of body without drying your hair out.
Recommended: 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo.
Sans sulfate: Since sulfate free shampoos are less drying and less irritating they are much better at all times, but more so when the weather is dry. They are also good for those sensitive to allergies or eczema.
Recommended: Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Shampoo - Sulfate Free.
· Moisture rich conditioner: Use a conditioner that not only conditions but adds moisture to help keep hair supple. Recommended: Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Conditioner.
Hydrate your style: Hydrate as you style to give hair lasting moisture. Look for styling products with hydration properties. For both straight or curly styles we recommend bye.bye.Frizz Keratin Smoothing Blow Dry Cream.