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.