…for Dry Hair and Scalp that is…
While we begin to welcome (or unwelcome) the freezing temps and dry air of the winter months, our hair and skin are bearing the brunt. Excessively dry hair and scalp are the two most common hair issues this season, but luckily there are a few tricks and treatments that can bring hair back to life.
Deep conditioners and treatments, referred to in the beauty world as “masks,” are the season’s best defense. These conditioners are heavier and more potent than daily use conditioners and should be used once weekly or bi-weekly, depending on your hair’s need and the frequency of washing. For best results masks require the use of heat. While traditional daily use conditioners simply coat
the shaft of the hair and rinse off with the next wash, the high temps used in
a mask application opens the cuticle allowing the moisturizing agents to deeply
penetrate the hair shaft where the benefits will last longer.
In between treatments, if your hair texture is not extremely fine or thinning,
leave in conditioners and other leave-in treatment products can be another simple
solution to the dry hair dilemma. Leave in products have the benefit of
remaining in the hair and working over time. They also assist in styling,
defining texture and taming frizz while having the added benefit of
moisturizing and treating. Regular moisturizing and trimming of dry, processed ends are sure fire ways to ensure that your hair stays healthy and manageable.
Much as we see the effects of this weather in the dryness and white flaking of the
skin on our arms and legs, it is extremely common to see similar effects on the
scalp. This time of year, about 65% of clients coming into the salon complain of itchy, dry, flaky, “dandruff like” shedding from the scalp. Most of the time this is not a medical issue and can be simply remedied through the regular use of moisturizing conditioners applied directly to the scalp, similar to the way one would treat dry skin on the body with the use of body butters and moisturizing creams. The majority of cases will disappear as quickly as they arrived with the continued use of moisturizers and symptoms will ease gradually as the warmer, damper air arrives.
Of course, if you have tried the aforementioned remedies and symptoms of dry,
flaking skin are persistent or worsening, or if your hair is excessively dry or
damaged, it is a good idea to consult a professional or dermatologist. As always I can be reached at Lana@dluxesinkandchair.com or visit D Luxe for a complimentary consultation any time at 20 Post Office Ave in Andover Center.