How happy was I when I finally scored the Badgley Mischka Willow Zip Coat I’ve been eyeing for months? Lets just say I have been wearing it since late summer (we had some cold nights, cut me some slack.) Shortly after my big purchase I began seeing small blonde hairs on the outer lining. A few things about this discovery- I am blonde. The jacket has no filling. I have changed zero hair habits since my recent purchase.
Fast forward to January 2017. The problem has not gotten better. If anything, I am past the denial stage, and have come to terms with the fact that is not my jackets fault. I happened to only notice the problem while wearing it, which leads to my discovery- WINTER HAIR PROBLEMS ARE HERE.
In the winter time, we expose our hair to extreme elements, especially if you live on the East Coast. Cold bitter outside air, blazing dry heat indoors. hats, ear-muffs, pony-tails, The list goes on and on. Your hair is the direct victim of the season.
Small pieces of hair that are on your jacket- These, my dear, are split ends that have completely split off. Under a microscope your hair looks like a snake. The scales represent your hair’s cuticle. Excessive pony-tails, bad shampooing habits, bad styling habits, sleeping habits, clothing choice– they all have a direct impact on the health of your cuticle. Once broken, a split end will appear. Added stress to that same area , will result in the breaking of your hair.
Pony Tails and other cute but bad styling habits- Excessive and constant pressure on the same area of your hair will result in the tearing of your hair. Pony tails, hats or any other pressure based style all do the same thing.
1.) Use metal free elastics made of soft material (never rubber or plastic.) If it feels too tight, be prepared to see broken hair.
2.) Use a keratin based styling product on the area that will be pulled back. This will repair and protect the hair while increasing strength and elasticity.
Incorrect Shampoo Habits. Over the course of time, your scalp produces natural oils (that we all hate) that work in strengthening your hair and its follicle. Over cleansing of this area will result in dry scalp, weak follicles and hair.
1.) Eliminate all water based shampoos and conditioners. Most hair care products contain fillers. In the average 8oz bottle of shampoo, up to 7oz can be water. A cheap and completely ineffective ingredient. Not only can water be drying, but it also does nothing for the love of your hair. Eliminating this unnecessary ingredient will result in the use of a product that will contribute to the health of your hair- every single added ingredient, even the filler. Find a shampoo that uses ALOE-VERA as a filler. Its moisturizing (which your hair needs during the winter), as well as reparative.
2.) Properly shampoo your hair. Washing your hair more than 3 times a week will result in broken dry hair. There are few reasons to need to wash this often. If you feel you are oily, use a nourishing dry shampoo at the root to effectively achieve a freshly washed look in between shampoos.
DO NOT rigorously wash your hair. Wash your hair as if it had feelings of its own. Pulling gently downward, assuring you aren’t roughing up the cuticle.
3.) Use a microfiber towel to gently dry your hair.
Poor styling habits. Everything that you put onto your hair, will go into your hair.
1.) Ditch any alcohol based styling products. It is the most drying source on the planet. Instead of hair spray, use AIR spray- an alcohol-free hair spray.
2.) A thermal protectant spray whenever you use a thermal tool– this includes blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons etc. A good thermal protectant spray will protect you up to 420 degrees.
3.) Stop backcombing (teasing). Use a root lifter. It does the same job without breaking your hair.
4.) If you are not using a moisture mask during the winter time, you are neglecting your hair babies.
Sleeping Habits- This one is simple
1.) Do not sleep with your hair in a bun or pony tail.
2.) Do not sleep with wet hair.
3.) Get a satin (or fake satin) pillow case. As you move about at night time, your hair wont tangle or pull.
Clothing Choice- Its cold. The air is dry. For Crepes sake, do not wearing wool anything around your hair line. Especially the back of the neck. As you move your head, your little hair babies will break along this abrasive fabric.