Look Great With These Winter Hair Colors

The beginning of the winter season means a different climate…and different trends!  One of the more exciting aspects of the change of seasons has to be the fact that they come filled with new and exciting trends for us to try out and adapt.  You already know that the hair world is filled with new trends and ideas all the time, and this winter is no different.  We thought it would be fun to do a little focus on some of the unique hair colors that we’re seeing this winter season.  They’re different than many hair colors we’ve seen in the past, so while you may be hesitant  – we’re going to chat about how you can look great with these winter hair colors

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Silver/ Grey
The bold and vibrant hair colors have been growing in popularity in the past year, and this winter season really is no different.  One of the hair colors that stood out to us initially for this winter season has to be that we’ve seen so many beauties coloring their hair this gorgeous silver/grey color.  Essentially it’s a pastel tone of grey, with some silver aspects thrown in.  While so often we hear about women wanting to cover up their grey, it’s being celebrated this season.  And ladies of ALL ages are rocking this hair color.  One way to really look great with this winter hair color is to ask your colorist to add some depth to the color, so that your hair isn’t all just one flat color but something that has definition and different tones mixed in.

Shades of Blue
Another one of the gorgeous hair colors we’re seeing for the winter months is shades of blue.  We’ve seen quite a few ladies on social media with the bold blue shades, but ironically this winter it’s more about the pastel tones of blue.  Ironically speaking, because typically pastel shades are synonymous with the spring season.  But rocking a pastel shade in your hair is super fresh and fun, and such a great way to give you a little color during the gloomy winter months.  Similar to the silver hair, adding different tones of blue throughout your hair is a great way to add definition to your hair look.  The really fun part about a pastel blue hair color is truly no matter how you style your hair with this color it’s going to look extra special – because the color is so stunning!  If you don’t want to be full blue, try just adding it to the ends of your hair for a different ombre effect.

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Pink Tones
This is another favorite, and a hair color you can expect to see quite a bit of this winter season.  Adding touches of pink to the hair is such a fun winter hair color.  Some are going for a full pastel pink shade, while others are going for more of a rose gold look (pink mixed in with blonde hues).  Similar to the blue shades, you can add as little or as much of the pink shade to your hair as you like.  You’re sure to look great and have a little Barbie inspiration with the pink.

Cold Weather Hair Problems

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As the cold weather sets in throughout a lot of the country, it poses a different twist for our hair.  We often don’t really realize (or perhaps even forget) how much our hair is impacted by weather changes… until they start to occur again.  You may have dealt with your fair share of cold weather hair problems in the past, and if you’ve felt a bit confused as to how to actually cope with them – we have you covered!  We’re sharing some of the most common winter hair problems and how you can actually prevent them from putting too much of a damper on your locks this cold weather season.

Static Hair
Ahhhh, the static hair problem that seems to be a consistent thing during the cold weather months.  Since the climate is so much drier this time of year, it seems like we’re constantly shocking each other and getting our hair full of static.  The best way to really combat dealing with a lot of static hair struggles during the cold weather is to increase the amount of moisture your hair has.  If you’re dealing with an excessive amount of static in your hair, it’s often because your hair is lacking a lot of moisture.  Add more moisture to your hair by stepping up your conditioning products and getting more serious about applying a deep conditioning treatment to your hair at least once a week.  Adding the moisture is an essential way to combat this hair problem.

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Flaky Or Itchy Scalp
In addition to the dry climate, you may be someone who experiences an increase in flaky or itchy scalp problems.  Similar to the static, you’re going to want to add more moisture to your scalp to get rid of this problem.  Most experts suggest adding a more moisturizing shampoo in your hair care routine if you’re experiencing this cold weather hair problem.  When you are washing your hair with a more moisturizing shampoo, it’s important to make sure you’re really moisturizing and massaging the scalp with the shampoo to get your scalp massaged and moisturized properly.  So many people tend to forget that their scalp needs a lot of attention, especially this time of year when we’re all much more susceptible to dryness occurring.

Dry and Brittle Hair
You may not be experiencing static hair or dry/itchy scalp, but you may have noticed that your hair overall seems to be much more dry and brittle in appearance and how it feels.  If this sounds like you, you’re going to need to step up your hydration and moisturizing elements for your hair to get the moisture back into it.  Experts suggest adapting a habit of applying a hair masque to your hair on a regular basis, and switching your shampoo and conditioner to something that’s much more moisturizing is going to be helpful in getting your hair to be healthier and less brittle.  In addition, some stress that you may want to cut back on how often you’re actually washing your hair – as it strips a lot of the natural oils from your hair which can lead to your hair looking much more brittle.

Hair Styles That Survive Winter Days

The winter days are quickly approaching and with that comes different weather conditions that we all need to start adapting to.  If you’re like many women, you sometimes feel like it’s impossible to create a hairstyle that works for the winter weather days.  But you know us, we found some great hairstyles that survive winter days AND will keep your hair looking gorgeous and trendy at the same time.  Seriously!  You can accomplish both, we promise.

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Braided Updos
Let’s face it, with windy conditions and/or rain and snow conditions wearing your hair down sometimes  feels like it would just leave your hair in a giant tangled mess.  One of our favorite go-to hairstyles for solving that problem is going with a braided updo.  Before you panic and think it has to be overly complicated…it doesn’t.  In fact, we’re all about creating a side French braid on top of your hair and leading that into a traditional ponytail.  It can be that simple!  But the great part is it will keep your bangs and shorter hair pieces out of your face if it’s windy or rainy/snowy and with your hair pulled back you won’t have to worry about it being too tangled.

The Half Up Hairstyle
If you want your hair pulled back for logistic reasons, but you don’t want to wear ALL of your hair up and back, the half up hairstyle is another favorite go to for the winter months.  The great part of half up hairstyles is again, you’re able to get the smaller, shorter pieces of hair away from your face so they don’t bother you but also give you somebody with your hair being worn down.  Of course, we can’t forget to mention that you have so many different ways that you can wear the half up hairstyle that you can rock a half up do in PLENTY of different ways that it wouldn’t feel like the same hairstyle.

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Top It Off
We couldn’t talk about winter hairstyles without mentioning the use of adding some accessories and other elements to your hair to make it winter approved but also keep you looking great.  Whether you want to add a hat (baseball or winter knit hat), knitted headband, or even  a regular headband…it’s a great way to fake a good hair day.  Adding different hair accessories to your hair allows you to not have to worry if it’s super windy, rainy or snowy.  Since the majority of your hair is covered in a hair accessory, it’s not going to be as exposed to the weather conditions as it does without these accessories.   Even just keeping it as simple as tying your hair back in a low ponytail braid, or just leaving your hair down and straight (or wavy), it will look like a more complex hairstyle because of the hair accessory but really it didn’t take you much time and you’re free to spend time outdoors in the winter months without worry about getting ruined.

Dealing with Winter Hair Disasters

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While the winter temps can range from modest to extreme, one thing’s certain: Between the period of time flanked by October and March, with the certain polar vortex, there are specific environmental conditions that define the seasonal ambiance, along with the way that each season affects your hair. Winter hair can be marked by silky smoothness that so many women with either ultra curly locks or those with a multitude of split ends joyfully anticipate, in acknowledgment of the amazing influence the far less humid, and chillier temps will have on their hair. There are just as many not so kind components of wintertime that can leave your hair in a mess. With a little help, you can learn how to deal with many of these, so that they will not again be a problem for you.

Heat and Hair
Even though the temperature indoors feels relatively average, during wintertime, that temperature is an artificially produce one–and by forced heat. You may not notice much of a difference, but it does impact your hair more than you might imagine. The worst part is the drying effects that indoor heating systems cause, literally sucking the hydration right out of your winter hair. You need to do more to restore hair hydration in the winter, or you’ll be dealing with breakage, split ends, and the possibility of an extreme haircut in the spring, just to remove the damaged hair that was ruined by dry winter heat. At least once a week, treat your winter hair to a deep conditioning mask, and don’t skimp on time here. Make sure to use conditioner after every shampoo, and go big with the leave in conditioners. Wash your hair no more than every two days, to prevent more damage from too frequent cleansing that will further strip your hair, leaving it defenseless.

On The Fly, and No Time to Dry?
You’ve just washed your hair, and before you have time to dry it, you’ve got to dash out the door. You worry, remembering your mother’s advice to never go out in the cold with wet hair, but there’s nothing you can do–you’ve got to go–and there’s no time to dry your hair. While the wet hair in winter weather will not make you sick, if you’re going to be outside for any significant time period, having wet hair can cause you to develop chills that, if sustained too long, can lower your resistance to the ambient germs in the environment. Buy yourself a few really cute scarves or turban you can wear–one that you really like and that looks good with your style of dressing. You can give these different forms of flair by embellishing them with fun items, like repurposed antique brooches, silk flowers and even a headband on top.

Woman looking at her hairstyle.

Your Hair and Static Electricity
Static electricity can all out ruin the most carefully created coif, and you never know when it’s going to be haunting you. Just like you use those dryer sheets in with your clothes in the dryer, you can enjoy the same benefit. Static electricity is what causes those socks to firmly cling to your favorite silky fashions, and sometimes even popping when you pry them off. It can get into your hair and wreak havoc at the oddest of times. Make sure, all winter long, to always have a couple of dryer sheets (place them in a small baggie,) slipped into your purse, in the event that you suddenly feel a “charge” in the air. Frizzies and fly-aways will no longer be your problem, if you grab a dryer sheet and run it over your high-flying locks. This performs instant neutralizing for immediate hair calming! You can reuse them, so don’t toss a sheet after only one use–you’ll know when it’s time to throw it away.

Give Your Hair the Once-Over
In a last minute move, when you’ve finished your hair, makeup, dressing and you’re ready to pop out the door, take a quick peek close-up, to check for those little frizzies that are so prevalent in the winter indoor heated environment. While not that visible from a distance, up close, they can frame your head like a little halo of tiny little hair that refuses to comply. To tame these tresses, spray some hairspray onto your hand and then, before it dries, take your freshly sprayed hand and run it very lightly over your hair, in the direction of the style. You’ll be amazed at how much this little trick will do to give you the smoother style detail that you needed.

Hats
Hats offer a particular brand of fun, and the winter gives you an excellent excuse for wearing one. You have to remember that if you depart from home wearing a hat–for most hairstyles other than fully braided, more or less securely “flat” styles, you’ll be committed to wearing it all day.  This is not about the utilitarian knitted ski-cape, here, but rather a cute, flirty fashion piece with style. With practically every way your hair might be styled–and even an unstyled style–there will be telltale evidence remaining once you remove your hat. This is what “hat hair” is. So before you opt for a hair covering hat, remember everywhere you’ll be going, and if the hat will be suitable, go for it.

Ultimately…
There can be unexpected things that occur without warning, like a sudden blast of a wintry mix or snow and ice storm that catches you out in it, and unprotected. Whenever the likelihood of such exists, the very best style for those times is au naturel. Do something that makes it easy for you to quickly recover by a quick run through or scrunching with your fingers to fluff it back and effectively restore a semblance of style to your winter locks.  During these times, go easy on the hairspray and other products that, when mixed with precipitation, can make for big hair problems as a result. There’s something wonderful about an easy winter hairstyle that you can maintain all day long by a quick run-through, scrunch or tousle. If your do for the day required a lot of effort from heat tools and products, you could be in trouble, later on. At least make sure you carry a backup winter weather hair plan when you depart from home.

Winter Hair Care Tips

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With all of the festivities surrounding the holiday season and the recovery aftermath that always follows, it’s usually easy to forget about taking care of yourself in the manner you should be doing. Sleep suffers, diet suffers, nails suffer, hair suffers and skin suffers. Because your hair is the slowest growing and most delicate of them all, an absence of appreciable attention to your hair’s health can result in a long-term season of regret. It’s not so much that there is some towering compendium shadowing from on high, threatening to transform you into a baldie if you don’t comply, but proper hair care will agree with you. It’s one of those “You’ll be glad you did” things. With a little bit of “cut to the chase” know-how, anyone can improve the condition of their hair and prevent the annual blight of wintry conditions from wreaking disastrous hair-havoc.

Winter Care for Dryer Hair
If your hair tends to be characteristically dry, you’ll need extra help during the winter. The added drying effects that come from pretty much constant subjection to heat will do your hair in, if left to its own devices, and unprotected. Intentionally include nourishing ingredients in your shampoo and conditioners, and about twice a week, perform a conditioning pack for intensive mitigation of that dryness. Left unattended, dry hair snaps off with very little provocation, and once that occurs, you’re headed for a large loss of length. Look for key nourishing ingredients in the hair styling products you add to your collection. You basically need help from one of the ingredients that effectively act as a moisture-retaining barrier. By using such products, you can confidently face the harsh heat of wintertime interiors without crumbling. The other important key ingredient will be one of the top performers known to pull in moisture from the air. These are classified as humectants, and working together with the moisture-proofing barriers, your hair will survive the season.

Leave These Out
There is a lot of talk about sulfates and parabens, neither of which do enough good for your hair to justify their use, but they do extend product shelf life and serve as ingredient emulsifiers. They are believed to possibly act as carcinogens in some circles. Bottom line? Don’t buy them–You don’t need them.

Silicones and You
Silicones are shampoo additives, which produce that wonderfully silky-smooth shine and feel. These are ingredients responsible also for locking in hair’s moisture. When they build up in your hair, they will prevent any beneficial moisture from penetrating your hair. There are two different groups of these silicones, with classification being characterized by their derivatives. One group of silicones consists of those, which are non-water soluble. When included in shampoo formulations, these tend to work fine initially, but over time, will build-up and weigh the hair down, making it appear lifeless. If you want to undo these luster-robbing effects, you’ll need to wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. The other group of silicones is water soluble, meaning that it does not build up, and because it doesn’t, it allows your hair to be externally moisturized.

Important News on Hair Clarifiers
Whether you’re using clarifiers to eliminate silicone buildup or some other reason, be advised that many of the leading clarifying shampoos depend on sulfates as their active ingredients. Sulfates are highly effective at stripping the hair–of silicones, but at the same time, your hair’s important, necessary natural oils.