If you live anywhere on the East Coast, it’s pretty obvious that winter is here. Jonas, the now infamous blizzard, just dumped record snowfall totals on The Ledge Comb headquarters in Baltimore, Md. Jonas, the whiteout whirlwind, may have started out as beautifully glistening snowflakes, but ended up as utter hell to keep up with! Trying to combat walkways and driveways clad in unrelenting blankets of white and snow plows smacking neighborhoods and streets with banks of compacted snow, inspired me to write this blog. Sadly, I couldn’t come up with new tricks for how to take care of mounting snow, but I do have some tips on how to take care of your hair during these cold winter months.
1. Treat your scalp like your skin: Moisturize! Treat hair one to two times per week with a deep conditioning treatment to repair, protect, and deliver hydration to vulnerable hair. After working in the hair industry for nearly 30 years, my favorites are: Keratin Intensive Treatment® Deep Hydration and Protection from Paul Mitchell and Miracle Silk Hair Mask from It’s a 10.
2. Winter is not the time to skimp on trims: If you live in a state where the winter season is cold enough to go below freezing, you know that it quickly kills lush greenery and foliage, don’t let winter slaughter your hair! Split ends will turn to imminent fatality in a flash if you don’t keep up with regular trims. I recommend every 6 weeks during colder months.
3. Brittle may be nice when it’s the candy cane variety during the holidays, brittle does NOT look good on hair. Leave daily routines to things like lotioning, teeth brushing, drinking red wine with dinner, and keep shampooing to a minimum during colder months. Shampooing strips moisture from the scalp and hair, so wash every other day to prevent drying out.
4. Sure, heed mom’s advice about not going out in the cold with a wet head but do try to blow-dry sparingly. To prevent damage such as breakage and dryness, try avoiding heated appliances and letting hair air dry as often as possible. Also, avoid brushing hair when it’s wet if you don’t need to; locks are most delicate when waterlogged. If strands become parched, use a wide-tooth comb and apply Diamond Oil from Redken to protect from breakage, replenish oils, and put more moisture back in the hair. For all you DIY fans out there, a few drops of olive oil can also work in a pinch to add some moisture to your ends.
5. If you want your hair to look hot, avoid too much heat: Avoid shampooing in hot water because it dries out the hair. Instead, use lukewarm water and then give your ends a blast of cold water to seal in those hair cuticles.
The good news: you may not be able to get rid of your snowy weather woes, but you can take protective and replenishing steps to look great in a winter wonderland this season! For more information on The Ledge Comb or to schedule a service, please visit: www.TheLedgeComb.com.