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Protecting your hair in the cold, dry, winter weather!

How to Get, and KEEP, Your Hair Down to There!

Protecting your hair in the cold, dry, winter weather!

HBS SalonOh Fall! My favorite time of year. I love the leaves changing, hot coffee, warm blankets, pumpkin carving, gift giving, cold-er weather (because lets be serious; how cold does it really get in SoCal?)

None the less as the weather gets colder our hair dries out and loses the moisture it thirsts for. Dry hair means visible damage which means bad hair days and losing the length we have spent all year trying to grow. But WAIT! Before you freak out and run to your nearest salon and stock up on any products that have the word moisture on them, let me guide you with a couple of simple steps to help protect and keep the length you have worked so hard to achieve.

Do oil pre-poos.

Yes, I said poo, and no it has nothing to do with the potty. Pre-poo (get your mind out of the gutter!) is the abbreviation for the word pre-shampoo. These treatments can be done with healthy oils such as coconut, Moroccan, avocado, and extra virgin olive oil. I have dipped my brittle ends in everything from Grapeseed oil to mayonnaise to Turkey drippings. Coconut oil and Moroccan oil both get thumbs up because they lock in moisture and don’t stink haha. Applying these oils before shampooing will help protect those lovely locks from drying out. To help the oil penetrate the cuticle, cover the hair with a shower cap after application. Follow up with a sulfate-free shampoo, such as our Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Shampoo or Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo then condition.

Don’t have time to pamper yourself? Add a few drops of oil to your daily conditioner and scrunch it into your ends while in the shower!

Get a good trim.

I know what you’re thinking, but listen. Beautiful hair starts with a good foundation. The “urban legends” are true, your hair WILL get shorter if you refuse to trim it. Even a baby trim helps keep the dry brittle ends from worming their way up those beloved tresses. And don’t worry, I always compromise with my guests who may be worried about losing length while still trying to grow hair to their bra strap. “I’ll only take half an inch IF you take a deep conditioner!” Which brings me to my next point.

Deep condition once a week.

The biggest nemesis we deal with in the winter is moisture balance. Deep conditioning is essential for maintaining moisture balance and hair growth. My favorite is Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Masque, or Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo along with my retro shower cap, and a steamy bubble bath. Leave the masque on for the ENTIRE extended version of famous Guns-N-Roses ballad “November Rain”. Rinse with tepid water then run and sit in front of your heater to patiently COMB out your tangles (large Detangling Comb or PM 413 brush)!

Finally, seal and protect.

Seal your ends after your cleansing session using any variation of the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) method. First, apply a leave in conditioner, such as The Cream, Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue, PM Sculpting Foam (alcohol-free foam with leave in conditioners) or PM The Conditioner which helps contribute to the protection of hair as well as help deposit the moisture.Next apply a natural oil, such as coconut oil, to lock in the moisture. Finally, use a cream like our Moroccan Oil Hydrating styling cream to seal in the moisture.

Moisture problem solved!

Some extra tips for obtaining and retaining your length, just because I love you guys:

  1. Do not BRUSH wet hair.
  2. Use wide-tooth combs for detangling.
  3. Massage your scalp for 10-15 minutes a day.
  4. Air dry hair with t-shirts, not towels.
  5. If you have to use heat styling tools make sure to use thermal protectants such as Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue, Hot Off the Press, or Heat Seal.

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

Xoxo,

~ Beth

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