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

Woman with silver hair

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.

Woman sitting in a park

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.

Keep Hair Hydrated from Winter Dry Out Dangers

Keeping hair hydrated

Are you one of those women who just naturally enjoy healthy, bouncy, shiny hair that you never really have to do that much to keep it looking great? If so, congratulations! You landed in a significantly small percentage of women in the world. Even if you have such wonderful genes, there are certain elements associated with winter weather that can turn even the most resilient tresses into a split end prone, dried out mess. There is one particular group of people who would not be interested in learning the proven methods of protecting their hair during the winter’s worst, and that would be the baldies–the ones who are bald, for any number of reasons. That leaves everyone else who has hair. No matter where anyone with hair ranks on the vast scale of hair health status, it would be highly unlikely to encounter someone who would not want to take advantage of some easy protective measures for their best hair health.

Winter Calls For Special Hair Care
With each season, there are certain characteristic changes to expect. By knowing what these are, you can prepare for and prevent most if not all of the typical damage certain seasonal elements can produce to prevent your hair from being its best. When winter rolls around, even people who live in areas with less harsh winter effects like sub zero temps and blistering winds should take certain precautions that coincide with the dip in temperature which heralds the beginning of winter.

  • Cover Up: While protecting your hair from the elements by wearing hats is good, the constant friction that the materials of most hats can cause to your hair can result in damage. Don’t ditch the hat idea, but just wrap a thin scarf around your hair prior to putting that hat on, and your locks will be truly protected.
  • Condition for the Season: With all of the time you spend indoors during the winter, your hair is constantly being robbed of its natural moisture. This is just a byproduct of how indoor heating operates. Because of the excessively dry atmosphere, fortify your hair’s natural moisture with regular deep conditioning hair masks. These do more to hydrate and replenish resiliency your hair loses from being too dried out. Applied at least once a week, look for products that impart vitamin E, hydrolyzed protein, keratin and stay away from mineral oil in products. Deep conditioners work great, but stop working as soon as you wash them out. This is because what they do is effectively seal in all the beneficial hair elements. Make sure your conditioner has one of the following: Phenyl Trimethicone, and of the good hair conditioner oils there are olive, jojoba, soybean, coconut and then there’s shea butter. All are good.

Woman touching her hair

Other Key Practices
Stop washing your hair every day. Wait as long as possible between winter washings and when you do wash your hair, avoid hot water. The hotter temps will dry out your hair of the natural oils so go for a cooler wash and rinse water. Your efforts to keep your hair moist and hydrated don’t stop with what’s on the outside. Just how hydrated your hair is also depends on the hydration status of your insides. Ramp up your water consumption to at least 6-8 full glasses a day. You’ll be amazed at something as simple as drinking more water will add bounce and shine to your winter hair.

Winter Hair Care Tips

Hair care tips

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.

Winter Sports Lionesse Loves

Winter time is here, and with it comes hot chocolate, coffee, logs burning in the fireplace, snowman building, and the occasional blizzard. Some dread it, some love it – but one thing’s for sure – the winter season has a variety of fun winter sports to participate in and watch either live or on television.

Lionesse Flat Iron would love to elaborate a bit on some of our favorite winter sports, and what makes them so special, fun, and unique.

Two people skiing outside in the mountains

Skiing

Skiing has long been one of the favored sports of winter. It’s the process of strapping two components to the feet to travel at a fast rate of speed over snow covered mountains and hills. Sticks known as Ski Poles are also used to get a good grasp into the snow when walking through thick bunches of snow. Skiis are usually made from materials such as wood, plastic foams, fiberglass, carbon and Kevlar.

Skiing has become one of the Winter Olympic sports and is adored by many men, women, and children worldwide. Watching skiing competitions on the television is almost as much fun as witnessing what it’s like live and in person. The excitement of watching someone travel at high rates of speed down a mountain side is incomparable. If you have never given skiing a try, there are many beginners courses where you can learn skiing basics, and they move at a pace that you feel comfortable with. There are year round ski resorts aside from waiting for winter to fall. Some research online will show the best ski resorts within the USA and worldwide.

Young man suspended in mid-air making snowboard jump.

Snowboarding

Much like skiing, snowboarding is the act of strapping a board to the feet and travelling at a high rate of speed down snowy mountainsides and hills. Snowboarding tends to have its own technique and requires movements that differ from skiing, as there are no ski poles to hold on to as with skiing.

With snowboards, your feet are strapped into special boots which end up attached to the snow board for traction and control. It takes quite a great deal of practice to become good with a snowboard, but it is an exhilarating experience for most who give it a try. It has been said that it gives you the feeling of waterskiing or even flying.

Snowboarding competitions tend to run rampant on the television during the winter months, and there are also many snowboarding classes available at local ski resorts in which beginners classes are offered.

 Having a good time at an ice skating arena.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is one of the most graceful, longtime favorite winter sports of all time. It is accomplished through the act of wearing a pair of ice skates on the feet, which are equipped with a special blade that is used to skate across the ice. It can take quite a great deal of practice before one feels comfortable on the ice without someone or something to hold on to. Ice skating is a very popular winter sport, and is revered for its gracefulness – once you’ve got it down, that is – and is a favorite portion of the Olympics.

There are many ice skating classes which provide lesson and instruction for those who want to learn to ice skate – from beginners to advanced.