If you’ve ever ridden a crowded subway in January, and looked up in horror to find your static-electrified hair sticking to the face of the guy next to you, or walked in to the office in July wearing a full-on frizz halo, then you’re already aware that your hair, and the way it behaves (or doesn’t) changes with the seasons.
Since March 20 is finally right around the corner, we tapped one of our favorite hair gurus, Lena Vinnitsky, assistant creative director for Sassoon Salon Boston, to share her best tips for reviving your hair from its dry winter state, and getting the most out of your ‘do for spring. Read on and be gorgeous.
Cut off dead ends.
“During the winter months the air is very dry and adding heat to the hair tends to dehydrate the ends quickly. To ensure shape, and strengthen the ends, we recommend cutting 1-3 inches, every 1-2 months, depending on the hair texture and quality.”
Treat dry hair.
“Dry winter hair can be treated with moisturizing and hydrating treatments, deep conditioners and hydro shampoos to add shine and eliminate dullness. Most conditioners can be kept in the hair for 20 minutes or so for a deeper treatment. For an even more intense moisture, leave conditioner in the hair with a shower cap over it and add a little heat with your blowdryer.”
Think about growing out your bangs.
“When it comes to bangs, or fringe as we like to call it, there are some general rules of thumb to follow. During the winter months when the hats and scarves are worn, it is nice to have a little fringe showing from under the hats to frame the face and add a little softness. As the weather warms up a longer fringe or none at all will open up and brighten the face. Humidity also dictates some fringe guide lines. With added humidity it is a little more difficult to keep a styled looking fringe, especially when it gets really hot and a little forehead perspiration happens. Of course, even though the above tips are rules of thumb, all recommendations depend on hair texture, style, bone structure and features.”
Get a new style.
“As spring season approaches and the hats and coats finally come off, it is always uplifting and refreshing to change the shape of your hairstyle. If you’re not looking to commit to a huge change, sample a new look from our brand new Blow & Style menu. Gorgeously tousled waves, big-volume curls, fishtail braids and a variety of seemingly effortless ponytails are always in style.”
“Adding some color or even a flash fashion highlight is a perfect way to perk up your spring hairstyle. If you are a brunette, go for a subtle tonal change by trying a deep red or a caramel highlight. For our blondes, we recommend some lighter highlights in soft honey colors for a sun-kissed, fresh look.”
Try a braid.
“As the weather warms up we recommend wearing more of your natural texture with less manipulation. Soft beachy waves are a solid touch. Adding texture to hair with braids and twists also adds playfulness, perfect for spring!”