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Prevent Winter Hair Damage


Prevent Winter Hair Damage

Prevent Winter Hair Damage
Stephanie Daga is a freelance makeup and hair artist in Toronto, Ontario, and the editor behind BlushPretty.com. She is the founder of The Beauty Board events. Her expert tips and work have been featured in The Toronto Star, Anokhi and LOULOU. She is a frequent contributor to The Style Glossy.

Here in Canada, the winter chill is on. Quel surprise! So we’re used to chilly mornings, chapped lips and dry skin. In the winter months, when the air is driest, our hair really pays for it too. With indoor heating and outdoor cold, our hair never looks good -- it’s lackluster and static-infused. Plus, we tend to overwork it with more heat-drying and styling products to get it to behave. Here are my top tips to keep your hair safe from winter.

1. Wash less frequently.
While many hair experts will say that you only need to wash your hair a few times a week, it’s truer in the colder months. Hot water and cleansing shampoos can further dry out your hair, making it more susceptible to damage. That said, when you do wash your hair, be sure to use a healthy dose of conditioner. An easy alternative to washing your hair is dry shampoo.

2. Avoid stepping out with your hair wet.
Not only will you catch a cold, but you will also expose your hair to breakage. Reduce the amount of time you spend with a hair-dryer and give your hair plenty of time to air-dry before going out. Ten minutes before you leave, use your hair-dryer to finish up the drying process and to style your hair.

3. Prepare for static electricity.
Arm your tote, desk and glove box with a small comb and a can of hairspray. Spritz your comb with a bit of spray and gently sweep over the hair to keep the hair behaved and sitting flat. No more surprises when you take off your toque!

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