Manhattan is one of the most fabulously fashionable cities I have ever seen, and I’ve seen my fair share of fashionable cities. Whether it’s Harlem with it’s eclectic styles and kinky twists, the indie styles of the lower east side, or the sleek and coiffed ladies of the Upper East Side, New Yorkers are always dressed to impress. This Zelo blogger got to take to the streets of New York City this week, and, like the ladies of Paris wearing their hair in top knots and messy chignon’s, New Yorkers are braving the chill in these easy breezy up-dos as well. Continue reading
November is here! Many across the U.S. have already seen snow, so it’s no mystery that winter is almost upon us. Dryer winter air and cold temperatures can have a serious impact on your hair. You know what I’m talking about – dreaded winter frizz, static, and breakage.
Turns out that the cold is not the only culprit of dry hair during the winter – it has even more to do with heat. We crank up the heaters in our homes, spend more time indoors, take long hot showers and baths, and use hot tools and hair dryers more frequently during frosty months. Let’s take a look at some tricks to keeping your hair looking great throughout this chilly season ahead.
Protect Your Hair Outdoors
Whipping winds at freezing temperatures dry out your hair just as much as your skin – we just don’t feel it! Wear hats and scarves to protect your hair as much as you can when you leave the house, and never ever walk outside in the cold if you have wet hair.
Protect Your Hair From the Heat
Wait, is that a typo? Nope, I’m serious. Make sure you are using heat protectant spray on your hair before you blow dry or use hot tools such as straighteners or curling irons. They make a huge difference in the strength and shine of your hair when you style. Heat dries out and damages your hair, making it prone to breakage and split ends.
Condition Like Crazy
During the winter, you hair tends to be dryer because of the heat in your home and the dryness of the air outside. Make sure you bump up your conditioning routine to keep your hair moisturized – do a weekly hair mask, add a leave-in conditioner to your routine, and even add conditioner to your ends before you shampoo to give them a little more protection when you wash your hair.
Cut Down on Washes
Washing your hair daily really strips your hair of moisture, so try to wash your hair with shampoo less, alternating with a conditioner-only rinse or using dry shampoo.
Use the Cold to Your Advantage
While blasting hot water in the shower seems like the best thing during these cold days, it definitely isn’t good for your hair. Rinse your hair in cold water after you wash and condition to lock in moisture and shine. Also, when your hair is not being tended to, try to keep your hair out of the hot water with a shower cap or ponytail if you love those toasty soaks too much (I know I do!).
Any tips and tricks we missed that you always go to during the winter months? Or have you tried any of these to keep your hair shiny and moisturized even when it’s chilly outside?
Brr, it sure is starting to get chilly in many parts of the world these days! I have begun to find the joys of static and dry hair are revisiting my lovely locks this season, and that it’s about time to give them some love. There is nothing quite like being able to make your hair gorgeous without breaking the bank, so here are three great hair mask recipes that you can make with ingredients from your kitchen.
Banana & Avocado Hair Mask
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp of wheatgerm oil or olive oil
- Mash and mix together all the ingredients, or blend in a blender or food processor until it a thick paste
- Wash hair and towel dry
- Apply the mask depending on your needs. If you have flaky scalp, rub the paste right up to your roots. If you have a more oily hair complexion, consider only applying it to your ends.
- Wrap your head in a shower cap or saran wrap and let sit for 15 minutes
Chocolate Hair Mask (Yummy!)
- 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa powder
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons of Hot Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Jojoba oil
- 1 Tablespoon Peach oil
- 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
- 2 Vitamin E capsules (pieced)
- 2-3 drops of the following essential oils: geranium, cedarwood, ylang ylang, lemon, and lavender (or just choose one if you don’t have all or any of these on hand
- First mix the hot milk into the cocoa, gradually until it reaches a thick creamy consistency.
- Add all of the oils, Vitamin E capsules, and essential oils and mix together until well combined
- Apply to your hair immediately and wrap your head in a shower cap or saran wrap.
- Let sit for one hour (time for a good movie or a good book, here!)
- Wash off using your normal shampoo and condition as you typically do.
Green Tea Hair Mask
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Brewed Green Tea
- 1 Tablespoon Mustard Powder
- 1 egg yolk
- Whisk the egg yolk and sprinkle in the green tea and mustard powder until it reaches a creamy consistency. If it becomes to thick, add more tea.
- Part your hair down the center and apply to your head, focusing on the roots and scalp.
- Cover with a shower cap or wrap in saran wrap
- Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse and shampoo/conditioner as you normally would.