Whether you're a flatiron addict or prefer to sport a ponytail during the winter months, keep your hair looking shiny and glossy with a few simple tricks. Excessive heat from the blow dryer and heated styling tools can take its toll on your strands and make it prone to frizz. There are a few styling tricks you can use to keep your hair shiny, smooth and manageable all season long.
Here are a few ways to keep your hair looking shiny this winter:
Wash your hair less often. Ideally, you should be washing your hair every other day or once every few days. If that's not feasible, make sure you're alternating the type of shampoo you use. Use a lighter formula every other day so that you're not stripping your hair of the moisture it needs. A lack of moisture can make your hair very dry, brittle and difficult to work with.
Treat hair to a deep conditioning treatment. Deep conditioning treatments such an at home hair masks, can help to repair damaged strands and give you that glossy, salon-like finish. Treat your hair to one at least once per week to restore moisture and keep your hair strong and resilient.
Eat more healthy fats. Your diet does play a role in how your hair looks and feels. A lack of healthy fats in your diet can lead to dull-looking strands. A diet rich in lean protein and healthy fats can make your hair grow stronger and more resilient. Your hair will maintain that natural shine all season long.
KEEP YOUR HAIR SHINY & HEALTY
STYLE YOUR HAIR DAILY
That messy half-in, half-out updo you wear on the weekends? Think of this fresh-off-the-runway look as the polished, workweek version—and it takes only a tad more effort.
Step 1: Pull hair into a low pony-tail and tuck the ends through the elastic to form a loop. Mist with hair spray to tame flyaways.
Step 2: Separate a thin strand from the loop (using a tail comb keeps it neat) and wrap it around the elastic to conceal it as well as any loose ends. Pin in place.
The girlie classic has grown up: These dramatic pieces can be the crowning glory of any outfit. To change your look, simply slide the bands closer together or farther apart.
Here’s the real beauty of this siren-worthy hairstyle: It’s easy enough to do with your own two hands (no big sister required). Instead of dividing your ponytail into three sections, split it into two. Then take a thin section of hair from one side and pull it over to the other side. Keep doing this, alternating sides as you go, until you reach the ends.
PICK THE RIGHT PRODUCTS.
You wouldn't scrub your sensitive, acne-prone skin with any old face wash, would you? Give your hair the same consideration. Use a shampoo and a conditioner with color-protecting ingredients tailored to your shade. Ask your stylist whats right for you.
Get (a little) dirty.
Shampoo too much, and all that expensive hair color washes down the drain faster. Try washing hair every other day—even less if your strands don't get greasy. Tackle dirt and oil at the roots with a blast of dry shampoo in between washes.
ADD A GLAZE
Treating your hair to a glaze is an easy way to stretch some extra mileage out of your color between touch-ups. Try a gloss to boost both shine and brightness.