Battling The Winter Blues For Blondes
The cold weather will take a real toll on our skin’s condition. Did you know, winter can be harsh, on our hair’s health, affecting its appearance? I work really hard to keep my color looking it’s best. Actually, Carlina Ortega of The John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman does the hard work. Anyway, I’ve asked Carlina to share her tips on keeping hair healthy while Old Man Winter is in town. Check them out…
5 Tips For Winter Blondes By: Carlina Ortega
1. Deep condition your locks at least once a week. Deep conditioning will keep your blonde hair shiny and silky in the cold and dry weather. My go to conditioner is Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment Masque ($68). The Camellia oil helps nourish and smooth your hair. Keeping it on for at least five, but up to fifteen minutes will do the trick. Your hair will thank you every time.
2. Use heating appliances sparingly. If you can’t live without your flat iron or curling iron be sure to always use a heat protecting product before hand. One product that works and won’t hurt your budget is Nexxus Pro-mend Heat Protexx Heat Protection Styling Spray ($10.09). Another great product is Shu Uemura Satin Design White Tea Polishing Milk ($38).
3. Limit the amount of times you shampoo. With the freezing cold temperatures and dry air you don’t want to take away the moisture your blonde needs. Limiting your shampoos to two to three times a week will save you an early trip to the salon and help keep your hair looking fresh and vibrant even in the harshest weather. Also, don’t forget to use a shampoo for color treated hair like Pureologly Hydrate Shampoo or Full Shimmer for color treated hair by Shu Uemura ($19).
4. Don’t leave home while your hair is still wet. Aside from possibly making you sick. In the winter the low temperatures and strong winds can actually freeze your wet hair and lead to it breaking or becoming brittle.
5. Spread out your highlight appointments to every 6-12 weeks. The winter weather might fade your hair color prematurely, but fight the urge to get your highlights done more often.
Carlina’s dishin’ tip: In the winter your hair is at it’s most fragile so ask your colorist for a gloss or glaze to brighten your color in between highlight appointments. That will keep your blonde looking fabulous without damaging it.