Taming the Winter Hair – Tips from Joey Noufal
Static Electricity! Split Ends! Hat Hair! The banes of winter weather. When the weather turns from humid and damp to dry and cold, your hair can suffer because of the lack of moisture from dry air both inside and out. So what’s a girl to do?
According to Joey Noufal, owner of Noufal HairColor Salon in Tysons, VA there’s hope. Here are some tips he offers for tackling the winter hair blues.
When static electricity causes your hair to fly, use a fabric dryer sheet to tame flyaways. Hairspray will also help restore your style.
In winter, you may not need to wash your hair as often. “If you have a semi-oily scalp, you can wash every other day, if your scalp is dry, wash every three days,” Noufal advised. “When working out and perspiring, rinse the salts and toxins out of your hair—as you wouldn’t leave the sweat on your body, don’t leave it on your scalp.”
“To put moisture back into the hair, you need oil,” Noufal said, and recommends his Noufal Infusion Oil for deep conditioning that can be applied in the salon or purchased for home use. Mixed with a masque, applied and heated, the oil infusion sinks deep into the hair itself, creating soft and manageable hair. For once- or twice-a-week conditioning, try mixing ½ teaspoon of coconut oil (or grapeseed oil) into 2 teaspoons of your conditioner, heating for 30 seconds in the microwave before applying.
Limit the time heat is applied. Before drying, towel-blot hair to remove excess moisture. Be sure hair is dry before going outside into the cold air, as frigid temperatures can make hair brittle.
“If your scalp is dry and flaky due to the weather, it does not mean you have dandruff,” Noufal explained. He recommends Healthy Hair shampoo by J Beverly Hills that includes Tea Tree Oil. “Use it once or twice a week, but not every day.” If the scalp is severely dry and nothing else works, he offers this home remedy: mix vinegar into your conditioner. Measure 1 teaspoon of vinegar to 2 tablespoons of your conditioner, work into scalp, let it sit for 10 minutes, and shampoo out. Use this remedy two times a week for two months, then reduce the frequency to twice monthly.
Since your hair is dryer, you are more likely to get split ends. Keep them from progressing up the hair shaft with regular trims scheduled every six to eight weeks.
Massage the scalp with a hairbrush for about 30 seconds to one minute just after washing it to stimulate blood flow. Avoid overbrushing when wet, which can cause split ends due to hair’s elasticity becoming stretched. Rather than boar bristle brushes that can pull on hair excessively, switch to nylon or metal brushes.
Alas, there’s not much we can do about hat hair. Just enjoy the winter weather and look forward to spring!
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