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Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

Cold weather can be absolutely brrrrrrutal on your hair and scalp. The good news: You can winterize your hair — dodging damage by switching up your hair care routine, products and treatments. Here are our top 7 ways to keep hair looking fabulous when it’s frigid.

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Moisture, Moisture, And More Moisture. We’re putting this right at the top because, well, adding moisture is the #1 rule for winterizing your hair. Switch to a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated to combat dryness. If your hair is too thin or fine to stand up to much moisture, rotate the products into your regular product line, or use a deep conditioner once a week. If you have the opposite problem and your hair can’t get enough moisture, add moisturizing oil to your daily hair-care ritual —and be amazed at how much difference a few drops of oil can make. Your Health and Style Institute stylist can help you determine the right products for your hair.

 

 

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

Cover It Up. A physical barrier from icy temps and cold winds is a must. Luckily, there are no shortage of cute caps, hats and scarves to shield your tresses and complete your outfit. However — this leads to another dreaded winter hair woe: static electricity. Avoid this by wrapping your hair in a silk scarf or sleeping cap before donning a wool hat. It’s a great protector from potential damage caused by a hat rubbing or tugging on hair.

 

Ask For More Love In The Salon. Request a Conditioning Treatment at the shampoo bowl. These treatments intensely moisturize/ repair your hair, or balance/ detox your scalp. Best of all, you can get them at Health and Style Institute starting at only $6!

Stay Out Of Hot Water. When the weather outside is frightful, a hot shower can be so delightful. BUT, it can wreak havoc on your hair. Never wash or rinse your hair in hot water; use warm or lukewarm water. This keeps the heat from drying out your hair, fading your color and causing further damage. If you can stand it, follow with a cool or cold rinse to lock in moisture.

Use A Heat Styling Protectant. Never ever leave the house with wet hair — not only would your mom get mad, but your hair could freeze, become brittle, and break. The inability to air-dry means you may be doing more heat drying and styling in the winter months, so invest in a product with thermal protectant.

Trim It Up. Even if you’re focused on growing your hair, do NOT choose the winter months to skip a haircut or trim. Dry hair leads to brittle ends, and once the ends of your hair start to split or break, the only cure is to snip them off. Cut your hair every 3-4 weeks for short hair, 4-6 weeks for medium-length, and 6-10 weeks for long hair.

Skip Shampooing. Lather your hair less frequently in winter, but use conditioner every time — at least on the ends. If your scalp gets the greasies when you skip a wash, use a Dry Shampoo to refresh and revitalize second- and third-day hair.  Bonus: your hair will smell mesmerizing.

We’ve heard people refer to winter as the “bad hair season,” and we get it — but honestly, it doesn’t have to be. When you’ve got a little bit of knowledge and the right products, Jack Frost may nip at your nose but he’ll leave your hair alone. If you need some expert guidance during the winter, your Health and Style Institute stylist has a warm, cozy chair for you to snuggle up and chat in, come see us!

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We love winter for the steaming hot cups of cocoa, pumpkin pie, and all the wonderful holiday festivities — but not so much the bracing winds, artificial heaters and cold, dry air. In addition to putting away the summer clothes and pulling out the jackets and sweaters, you may have noticed your skin feeling a bit dry and tight, your hair dry and lifeless.

It’s not just wardrobe that should be changed with winter; so too does skincare and hair care, and making slight changes can help you maintain a lovely glow and gorgeous locks through winter.

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

The key to keeping skin healthy during the winter months is to prevent water loss from the skin’s protective barrier (which is called transepidermal water loss). When water is lost from the skin it leads to dry, itchy and irritated skin. The best way to fortify and protect our skin’s moisture barrier is to use a daily lotion or cream that contains key ingredients such as ceramides, hylauronic acid or oatmeal. Apply it liberally morning and night.

During the winter months the ambient humidity drops precipitously. Add large leafy plants indoors. Not only do they brighten up your home, but each time that you water the plants, the water will diffuse through the leaves and into the room, adding much needed moisture.

You can also use a humidifier for added moisture in the air. Not only will your skin feel and look better, but your hair will too.

If you’re a love long, hot shower lover, winter is a time to give up that luxury temporarily.  The hot water strips skin and hair of protective natural oils, so turn the temperature down to lukewarm and limit your time in the shower (an egg timer works!) to five minutes.

Many of you are accustomed to hydrating your skin with lotion after washing, but don’t forget that hydration begins in the shower or bath with gentle products that cleanse and moisturize at the same time.  Make a trip to the store to stock up on those cleansers to begin your hydrating routine right there in the shower.

Hair goes dry, weak and brittle during winter, but if you give it the right treatment you’ll avoid it becoming a big issue. Health and Style Institute has exceptional shampoos and conditioners which aim to protect and heal your hair, that can provide added moisturizing while but still being right for your hair type. Our November special offers two great opportunities for blissful savings:

Get 25% off our Signature Spa facial.

 

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Get 25% off any color service. Good through November 30, 2015.

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It’s also a huge help to have a moisturizing hair treatment once a month to help repair the effects of winter.  Ours start at only $6.00!

Call today to schedule your pre-holiday appointments now!

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Follow these tips to ensure Old Man Winter doesn’t wreak havoc for your skin and hair; you’ll get through winter looking radiant and healthy!

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While masks aren’t just for dry, damaged hair — every head can benefit from a moisture surge once a week, you can especially benefit from them during winter. And even more so if you are guilty of committing girl-on-hair crime, whether it’s over coloring, heat styling, or overzealous detangling.

From hat hair to static electricity, split ends to dry frizz, when winter weather hits, a bad hair day can last an entire season. In fact, even if you live in a moderate climate, you’re still susceptible to hair-raising changes as the seasons change. The environment can have some of the most damaging effects on hair in both summer and winter, but in winter it’s often worse because people often don’t take as many precautions to protect their hair.

Sun exposure can be as intense on a ski slope as it is on a beach. Combine with winter elements, i.e. wind, snow, rain, and icy cold — which makes hair brittle and dry – they can all come together to create some pretty bad winter hair days.

And even if you plan to spend all your time in the ski lodge with some hot cocoa, rather than on the slopes, winter is still your hair’s enemy. Experts say dry indoor heating can be something akin to spending an entire afternoon under a hair dryer!

The good news: No matter what’s causing your winter hair woes, you can take both protective and replenishing steps. At the top of the list for most stylists: regular use of a thick, rich, moisturizing and conditioning mask with a few key ingredients. It will repair, rehydrate, and rebuild even the most desiccated hair. It rinses out to leave strands glossy, frizz-free, and strong enough to withstand the winter elements… or another round with the curling iron.

How it Works
To get the most out of your mask, look for keratin, amino acids, or essential fatty acids. Keratin masks deliver keratin deep into the hair shaft, strengthening from within while simultaneously sealing the cuticle layer.

It’s a myth that Keratin dries out your hair. Keratin is a naturally occurring protein that is extremely resistant to breakage and protects hair from sun damage, chlorine, heat styling appliances and chemical processes like color treatments and straightening systems. Keratin masks have an abundant amount of keratin to make your hair visibly stronger, shinier and healthier with each use. It is not possible to overuse keratin.
And SAVE with our November special: Get a FREE Keratin mask (a $15 value) with any full-priced highlight service. Good November 1 – 31, 2014. See our full salon menu for all our affordable services!

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We love winter for the steaming hot cups of cocoa, pumpkin pie, and all the wonderful holiday festivities — but not so much the bracing winds, artificial heaters and cold, dry air. In addition to putting away the summer clothes and pulling out the jackets and sweaters, you may also notice your skin feeling a bit dry and tight, your hair dry and lifeless.

It’s not just wardrobe that should be changed with winter; so too does skincare and hair care, and making slight changes can help you maintain a lovely glow and gorgeous locks through winter.

 

The key to keeping skin healthy during the winter months is to prevent water loss from the skin’s protective barrier (which is called transepidermal water loss). When water is lost from the skin it leads to dry, itchy and irritated skin. The best way to fortify and protect our skin’s moisture barrier is to use a daily lotion or cream that contains key ingredients such as ceramides, hylauronic acid or oatmeal. Apply it liberally morning and night.

During the winter months the ambient humidity drops precipitously. Add large leafy plants indoors. Not only do they brighten up your home, but each time that you water the plants, the water will diffuse through the leaves and into the room, adding much needed moisture.

You can also use a humidifier for added moisture in the air. Not only will your skin feel and look better, but your hair will too.

If you’re a long, hot shower lover, winter is a time to give up that luxury temporarily.  The hot water strips skin and hair of protective natural oils, so turn the temperature down to lukewarm and limit your time in the shower (an egg timer works!) to five minutes.

Many of you are accustomed to hydrating your skin with lotion after washing, but don’t forget that hydration begins in the shower or bath with gentle products that cleanse and moisturize at the same time.

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

 

Hair goes dry, weak and brittle during winter, but if you give it the right treatment you’ll lessen those issues. Health and Style Institute has exceptional shampoos and conditioners which aim to protect and heal your hair, and provide added moisturizing while still being right for your hair type.

Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

And you still have time to save big with our November special:   Buy 2 Salon Products & Get the 3rd for Free!! The free product must be of equal or lesser value of the highest priced item. Offer expires 11/30/13.

It’s also a huge help to have a moisturizing hair treatment once a month to help repair the effects of winter. Ours start at only $6.00!

Follow these tips to ensure Old Man Winter doesn’t wreak havoc on your skin and hair; you’ll get through winter looking radiant and healthy!

 

Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

Winter means snow storms, freezing cold, and hoods.  All of these forces seem to conspire to make your perfectly done hair look like you just rolled out of bed.  However, there are things you can do all winter long that will help you keep your style despite the chill.

Moisturize the Frizz Away

Frizz is caused by a lack of moisture.  Making sure your hair is never thirsty will take away that unkempt look and leave you feeling in control of your locks.

This should be done on several levels.  First, make regular trips to your hair salon for deep-conditioning treatments.  If going once a week is going to break the bank, consider going to a school like The Health and Style Institute.  You get better deals and quality stylists.  The deep-conditioning will keep your hair healthy and looking great.

While you’re there, pick up some leave-in conditioners and protective oils.  All the primping you put your hair through has worse effects in winter months than any other time.  Daily moisturizing is a great way to keep your hair healthy between salon visits.

Give your Hair a Break

Every time you wash your hair, you lose moisture and natural oils.  Try washing less frequently – maybe every other or every third day.  When you do wash it, think about how much stress your towel puts on it.  Rubbing your towel through your hair is asking for trouble.  Instead, take the gentler approach by just patting or scrunching your hair with the towel.

You already know the cold gives you chapped lips and dry skin – but did you know it does the same to your hair?  If you’re going out in the cold, wear a hat or scarf that covers your hair so it’s not as exposed to the harsh elements.  But beware of wool hats.  They actually dry out your hair, undoing all the good work you’re putting in.

Embrace the Chill

The more heat you expose your hair to, the less moisture your hair retains from the shampoo and conditioner.  Try to get around this by washing your hair in lukewarm water and reducing the amount you use your hair dryer.  By letting your hair at least partially air dry, you give the moisturizer in your products a chance to do its job.

If you do have to blow dry, consider investing in an ionizing hairdryer.  These use negative ions to interact with water molecules, lowering the necessary heat of vaporization.  In short, they let your hair dry faster.  Less time using dry heat means less damage to your hair.