Beauty & Beyond: Helpful Hair Hints for Winter Locks

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Lackluster a bit in the hair department, are you? It'??s no wonder. We bop from outside cold to inside heat in the winter time. So our hair is pulling double duty when it comes to trying to hold on to its moisture. I know for me, my New Year's resolution of wearing my glorious hat collection more frequently means risking serious hat head.

To avoid the ill effects that the season'??s inclement weather can have, Leon de Magistris of Leon & Co. Salon (voted one of America's top hair care salons by Allure) gave me simple and easy tips for maintaining your scalp and hair'??s natural balance of oils and moisture. He has a serious background in beauty, with past work with Escada, Ferragamo, Valentino and Oscar de la Renta and other high-profile designers, so I listen.

Here are his best winter hair care tips for avoiding tress stress:

  • Try to find a shampoo with a pH of 5 or 6. But only wash it twice a week if you can.
  • Use leave-in conditioners instead of rinse-out formulas.
  • Don'??t go outside with wet hair. Cold air will cause the hair to freeze, stripping it of moisture when it melts. (I do this. I will now not do this.)
  • Brush the hair daily with a natural bristle brush to help bring natural oil off the scalp to the ends of the hair.
  • To help repair the damage done from the winter months, use natural, at-home hair care remedy designed to retain moisture. Blend avocado with lemon juice and massage throughout the hair. Cover hair with a plastic bag or Saran wrap. Heat a wet towel in the microwave and wrap around the head over the hair mask, repeat once. Let the mask penetrate for 20 minutes before rinsing. (To me, this sounds divine.)

Now you can take on the chilly temps and winter winds in style. Happy 2013! Let's make this year a beautiful one.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.'?¨

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