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Winter. Oh how I hate winter. I hate driving in the ice and snow. I hate how much it dries my skin out. And I really hate how much it dries my hair out. Can it just be spring already?? Also- is it just me or Gliss January the LONGEST MONTH EVER?? I thought it would never end!! And now here we are in February, my birthday month! And the month of my Chicago trip!!! I can’t wait!!
If you know me at all the you know how much I love to travel, especially to places I have never been. One thing I have noticed about traveling though is that it dries out my skin and hair even more than it already is. I learned that the winter I went to Vegas. I came back with skin and hair as dry as the Sahara desert and it took forever to get them back to some semblance of normal. Ugh.
This year I am getting ahead of the dry skin and hair game! I started preparing my skin a few weeks ago (and shared my updated night time routine with you here) and now I am getting my hair ready. I have a few tips and tricks in preparing your hair for the winter and so today I am going to share them with you!! Here we go…
ONE. Find a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. I found Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner (and mask) at my local CVS. These products combine patented keratin technology with essential benefits like color protection, intense hydration, long-lasting volume, and weightless nourishment, so you get the repair you need without having to compromise. The patented technology repairs up to 10 layers deep, replacing lost Keratin for beautifully strong & smooth hair. It should be noted that Gliss products are made for everyday use, not just when your hair is already dry and stressed out.
TWO. Try to only wash your hair two-three times a week. I used to be a daily hair washer because my hair would get “super oily” in just a day but really that was just my scalp producing more oil because I kept washing it away. Such a vicious cycle. Now I’m a two-three times a week washer and my hair isn’t oily at all!
THREE. Don’t use super hot water to wash your hair. Water in general is drying (weird, but true) but hot water is even worse! Hot water causes the pores and cuticles of each hair shaft to open up and makes your hair super porous which causes it to be dry and brittle. Try to only wash your hair in lukewarm water…not too hot or too cold.
FOUR. Don’t sleep on a wet head. I’m not saying this because it’s an old wives tale that you will get sick if you sleep on a wet head (FALSE) I’m saying this because when you sleep with a wet head your hair and scalp are the perfect breeding ground for dandruff. Most people think of dandruff as just white flakes in the hair that can be taken care of with the proper hair products but knowing the root cause of dandruff is eye opening. Dandruff is caused by eczema, psoriasis and fungus all of which are caused by sleeping on a wet head. It’s super important to at least semi-dry the scalp and roots if you insist on sleeping with a wet head.
FIVE. Use less product than you think you need. I am a big fan of the phrase “go big or go home” however using the least amount of product in your hair can actually keep it healthier, less weighed down and less prone to breakage. I’m now a fan of “less is more” when it comes to hair care.
SIX. Use a hair mask! I am a huge fan of hair masks and found this one by Gliss at CVS and I have used it a couple times already. I use it when I have at home spa nights and like to soak in a bubble bath with a hair and face mask at the same time. Make me feel fancy and makes my hair and face shine (in a good way).
SEVEN. Stay hydrated. By this I mean drink lots of water! Water accounts for almost 1/4 of the weight of a strand of hair so drinking lots of water will help keep your hair nice and hydrated. I aim to drink at least half my body weight in ounces of water a day. Some days I hit that and some days I don’t. It’s ok to not hit that goal everyday but I can tell when I don’t for a few days in a row.
EIGHT. Let your hair down. I mean this both literally and figuratively. Wearing your hair in a bun or ponytail constantly may get it out of your face but tight hairstyles can cause hair breakage and cause other damage to the hair strands.
NINE. Change your pillowcase. I still use an old school cotton pillowcase and even though silk is best for your hair cotton is ok as long as you keep it clean. I change the pillowcases on my bed twice a week. That may seem excessive but you wouldn’t believe the amount of dirt and skin cells the like to reside on pillowcases. I also have a small dog who likes to sleep on my pillows so add that into the mix and that’s the perfect breeding ground for all kids of gross things! Keep it clean y’all!!
TEN. Use heated styling products carefully. Notice I’m not saying don’t use them at all because who can do that? But don’t use them at their max temps. My straightener tops out at 360* and my curling wand at 450*. Does hair really need to be subjected to that kind of heat? No.
So there you have it, my ten tips and tricks to protecting your hair for winter! Of all these tips my favorite one is to find a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. I have been using the Gliss Ultimate Moisturizing Collection for a weeks now and my hair has literally gone from this –
to this –
Of course the second pic is after styling but I can tell a huge difference in how soft my hair is, how easy it is to brush and style and I have gotten lots of compliments on it. A lot of ask me what I use on my hair to keep it so healthy and shiny and I can honestly say that Gliss has saved me this winter. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on great products (salon brands…ugh), just buy what works for you and Gliss has definitely worked for me! So if you are looking for a new hair care line then I highly suggest you check out Gliss at CVS. It comes in multiple formulas…I use the Ultimate Moisture collection but there are also Ultimate Repair, Oil Nutritive and Color Guard collections. Check it out today!!
Have you tried any Gliss hair products??