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How to Moisturize Your Mane During the Dry Winter Months

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Winter is a fun, festive and beautiful season. It can also be dry, brutal and harsh, especially for your hair. Now that we are in the thick of it, here are some tips to keep your hair hydrated and looking healthy!

Drink Plenty of Water and Eat the Right Foods

The first step toward having lustrous, moisturized hair is to start from the inside by drinking plenty of water and eating foods rich in healthy oils. Some of these foods include salmon, avocados and olive oil.  Daily doses of Omega 3 oil are helpful as well.

Use A Good Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

During the cold, dry winter months, it is important to use a high quality moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.  Additionally, treat yourself to a deep conditioner every few shampoos to give your hair an extra defense against dryness. Remember not to shampoo your hair too often, as that would be counterproductive.

Wrap Your Hair at Night

Wrapping your hair at night is essential to maintaining moisture-rich hair. Whether you are rocking a straight, smooth style or a natural look, covering your hair at night is imperative.  This allows you to maintain the natural oils within your hair and reduce friction. You can also opt for a satin pillow case ($8.99, amazon.com).

Avoid Thick, Heavy Pomades and Styling Products

When your hair is dry, you may be inclined to apply thick pomades or styling products but RESIST THE TEMPTATION!  These will not solve your problem; they will only make it worse. Pomades do not actually moisturize your hair, they just lay on top of the strands, smother your hair and clog your follicles. Also, most styling products have a high alcohol content, which is, of course, very drying.  If you find your hair needs a little something, use a light, natural oil like coconut oil, which can permeate the strands.

Stay Away from The Overuse of Styling Tools

Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons can be your best friend, but they can also be your worst enemy. This is not only true during the cold, dry season, but also year-round. It is best to use these appliances to style your hair after shampooing, then locking them in a cabinet until your next shampoo.  To maintain your hair between shampoos, get creative.  Ponytails, buns and side twists can be super cute and don't require heat.
 
Use these simple tips and rock your beautifully moisturized hair!  What is your hair regimen?  Leave a comment and let us know!

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