With super-dry hair in the winter, it’s tempting to layer creams, serums, and oils daily. However, this can actually lead to product build-up that will make your strands drier in the long run. It needs to be immersed in water, which is the most needed ingredient, so that it can be retained.
“Water is the base of hydration,” says Al Campbell, a Chicago-based hair and extensions stylist. “It creates a pathway and is a binder for moisture in supportive treatments and products. Water hydrates, but it evaporates, so you need moisture support from your products to fill your strands and help retain nourishment.” .”
Our environment (inside and out) is constantly sucking water out of our stands, so it’s even more important to make sure your hair can retain water in the winter. Learn how to do a laundry day routine.
4 tips for staying hydrated
1. Make sure the water in your shower is not too hot
“Hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils, so washing your hair with hot water in the winter can dry it out even more,” says Dallas-based hairstylist Kia Kerisma. Keep the water lukewarm.
2. Regularly use moisturizing shampoo instead of co-wash or cleansing conditioner
The cleansing step should properly wash away debris, oil, dirt, and products without stripping the hair too much. However, you should use shampoo to keep your hair clean.
“nevertheless [cleansing conditioners] You can’t clean your hair or scalp enough to be gentle on your hair and keep it from tangling while cleansing,” says trichologist, hairstylist and owner of the Crown Worthy Trichology Studio in New York City. says Sophia Emmanuel. Frequent use clogs the scalp. This can lead to profuse scalp problems such as dandruff, excessive itching, seborrheic dermatitis, and hair loss.
Look for a moisturizing formula that cleanses without stripping your scalp and strands.
Purelogy Hydrate Sheer Shampoo — $36.00 to $85.00
If you have fine hair and want to hydrate your strands without weighing them down, turn to this shampoo from Purelogy. Cooperating Kerisma says. Made with marine ingredients like sea kelp and coconut water to provide light hydration.
Briogeo Superfoods Matcha + Apple Replenishing Shampoo — $30.00
This is another great hydrating and replenishing shampoo. Glycerin and aloe leaf juice are used to hydrate, matcha green tea and vitamin C provide antioxidant protection against environmental damage, spinach provides hair-strengthening vitamins and minerals, and procyanidin-rich apples Supports a healthy scalp.
3. Make deep conditioning non-negotiable
“Moisturizing ingredients penetrate most easily when hair is wet,” says Los Angeles hairstylist Larisa Love. should be applied to,” he said. These Deep Her conditioning treatments penetrate deep into the hair shaft and retain moisture while providing much-needed nutrients.
Mizani Moisture Fusion Intense Moisturizing Hair Mask — $36.00
For very dry, textured hair, Campbell loves this misani mask. We do this with cupuaçu butter that locks in and seals in moisture, argan oil that restores shine and moisture to hair, and honey that prevents damage and promotes healthy scalp.
4. Use nourishing leave-in products
“Treatments are great for nourishing your strands, but a good leave-in to support and prime your strands will change the game,” says Campbell.
Ouai Jumbo Leave In Conditioner — $40.00
For a heat-protecting cream leave-in, get this one from Ouai. Protects against heat up to 450°F while conditioning, detangling, and fighting frizz. It uses tamarind seed extract to hydrate, and vitamins B5 and E to condition and detangle, protecting hydrolyzed proteins from damage.
Daily Tips to Stay Hydrated After Washing Your Face
1. Don’t leave home with wet hair
After you’ve put all this work into a hydrating wash-day routine, don’t go out with wet hair. ,” says Dr. Williams. Make sure your hair is completely dry before exposing it to the elements.
2. Drink lots of water
“The human body is 60% water and depends on it for survival. All cells, tissues and organs need water to function properly. [drinking] Water is the solution for dry hair and helps keep hair and skin supple and elastic,” says Dr. Williams. “
3. Sleep in silk or satin
“There are many environmental things that can rob your hair of moisture, but bedding shouldn’t be one of them,” says Querisma. “Using silk or satin pillowcases at bedtime will help prevent the dryness and breakage associated with cotton bedding.
Kitschy Satin Pillowcase — $19.00
These satin pillowcases are great for protecting your hair and come in a variety of colors and patterns to complement your bedding.
Quince 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase — $40.00
Luxuriate in this 100% mulberry silk pillowcase from Quince. In addition to preventing chafing while you sleep, silk fibers contain 18 amino acids that nourish your hair and skin.
4. Be careful with hats and scarves
‘Wool and cotton scarves are popular fashion accessories, but they contain frizz-causing fibers that can get caught in the ends and cause breakage,’ says Dr. Williams. “These fibers also absorb moisture in your hair, so wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf to protect it before wearing these items. Tie your hair back and wear a satin-lined hat.” You can also wear it to protect the edges.
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