Winter Hair Tips From The Experts

With cold weather’s arrival comes a whole new set of rule for how to treat your hair. Real Style Network turned to Dr. Rolanda Johnson Wilkerson, hair scientist for Herbal Essences and Head & Shoulders, and Dr. Jeni Thomas, scientist for Pantene Pro-V to learn the ins and outs of winter hair care from the experts. Use their tips to keep your hair lush this winter.

What effects does the cold weather have on your hair and scalp?

As the seasons transition, changes in humidity and temperature can weaken our skin’s natural barriers, leading to the following winter weather hair and scalp issues: Dehydrated scalp, itchy and scratchy scalp, dry and damaged hair, hair as delicate as a snowflake, kinky, curly, wavy and unruly frizz.

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How can I protect my scalp during the cold months?

As you change your wardrobe from fall to winter, Dr. Jeni Thomas recommends you change your hair care routine as well.  If you’re prone to seasonal itches, try using Head and Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care with Eucalyptus provides an immediate cooling sensation, refreshing the scallop and hair, while protecting against scalp itch.

What are the main causes of dry hair?

According to Dr. Jeni Thomas, cold weather, along with regular blow-drying, can be extremely hard on hair. In fact, almost a third of Canadian women suffer from dry hair during the winter months. From micro-cracks along the hair fibre to dull colour, cold weather and using a blow-dryer can leave a lasting impact on hair’s look and feel.

How can I protect my hair from the elements?

Try using Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal 2-Minute Masque and Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Moisture Mist. The masque combines moisturizing ingredients to coat hair and reduce the friction from combing while adding a protective barrier from heat. While the moisture mist strengthens dry fragile hair against damage and preps it for styling.

Are there any ingredients those suffering from dry scalp and dandruff should look for or avoid in products?

Pyrithione Zinc, which is included in Head & Shoulders products, is highly effective at fighting and helping prevent dandruff symptoms. Dr. Jeni Thomas suggests looking for a shampoo and conditioner that both protects and cools your scalp from the changing elements or one that is tailored to improve the look of your scalp and hair, while alleviating flaking associated with dry skin and dandruff.

What effect does wearing a winter hat have on my hair and scalp?

According to Dr. Jeni Thomas, warm hats do a great job of protecting our heads against harsh winter winds and the cold, but they can also produce some unwanted side effects such as scalp sweat. A sweaty scalp can cause dandruff, which proliferates in the presence of oil on the scalp and warm, moist environments.

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What steps should I take to keep my hair looking great all winter?

Dr. Rolanda Johnson Wilkerson recommends trying these steps to help your hair maintain its lusciously soft and shiny glow:

1. Skip everyday washing – it’s unnecessary and can be hard on hair

2. Let your hair air-dry as much as possible to help reduce split ends from heat damage

3. Always use heat-protecting products before heat-styling to help protect your hair from high temperatures and unnecessary breakage

4. For lusciously soft and shiny hair, try Herbal Essences None of your Frizziness Shampoo and Conditioner. The serum-infused formula moisturizes hair with just the right amount of conditioning ingredients.

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