The final dark chapter in my “Weathering the Cold” series addresses frizzy, static hair and cracked, rough hands. Uplifting, yes?
Regardless of your hair texture, the harsh, cold conditions outside mixed with the bone-dry indoor heat are a molotov cocktail of damage. You have to apply the same logic as treating your face and body to your hair — prevent and protect!
Sleep with a Humidifier. Go for short warm (not hot) showers. Wear a cashmere hat (I know it sounds pretentious, but wool absorbs the moisture your hair needs.There’s simply not enough to go round.). Go easy on the straightening, curling, blowing out, etc. Your hair is going through a vulnerable stage! Also, take Omega-3 fish oil pills. They will help prevent hair damage as well as skin damage (and it has tons of other health benefits!).
Start at the beginning… Before you even shampoo, try a pre-shampoo oil treatment once a week like Phyto Huile d’Ales Pre-Shampoo Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment, especially if you color-treat. Arm yourself with multiple hydrating shampoos and conditioners (it’s true what you’ve heard… if you use the same products every day they build-up and lose their effectiveness). In my shower you will find everything from L’Oreal Paris EverSleek Repairative Smoothing Shampoo and Pantene Pro-V Medium-thick Hair Solutions Frizzy to Smooth Conditioner to Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Restorative Conditioner for Damaged Hair and It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Conditioner.
Moving onto hands… What can I say? Let’s face it, when that winter chill hits you’ll be like Sisyphus trying to keep your hands soft and hydrated. Because it’s cold and flu season you’re going to be washing your hands even more than usual and you SHOULD be applying hand cream after every time you wash. So by the end of day, even though you’ve moisturized your hands more than a dozen times, your hands will feel like you haven’t applied cream since last Christmas. The constant washing is exacerbated by the dry air outside and inside, leaving your hands feeling like you’ve been working in the fields. So what can you do?
The obvious! Be armed with hand creams by your desk, in your handbag, in your car, by your nightstand. Make it your religion that every time you wash you moisturize. I personally use the Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Hand Cream because it’s nice and thick and smells divine. At night though I use good ole’ Vaseline to coat my hands and then I put on Bliss Glamour Gloves. These really work miracles. They are lined with this magic gel that seems to penetrate the Vaseline into my skin. The difference the next morning is palpable. But then of course I start washing my hands and I become Sisyphus pushing the boulder once again…
Okay, enough about the coming winter months. I just can’t put myself through this. The cold is misery and I just want to talk about fun stuff now, okay? So let’s flip the switch and talk about the holidays. The holidays! Make sure you make this site a favorite for your loved ones because I assure you I will be churning out my gluttonous wish list from now until Christmas, and my list is long and distinguished. (See, we forgot all about the cold, didn’t we?)Posted by janna Tags Bliss, L'Oreal, Pantene, Phyto, Shu Uemura Art of Hair