Winterizing Your Hair

Now that spring and summer are behind us, you must exercise special care for your hair in the coming  months of cold weather. Establishing a day and night routine for not only hat-and-scarfprotecting your style but the health of your hair as well. It essential to develop habits that will support and protect your hair especially during this time, as this is when breakage and dryness occur most. As the season change from fall to winter, there is less moisture in the air and frigid temperatures requires us to cover up. With that, certain materials you may use during this time, such as cottons and wools, when coming in contact with the hair, they absorb moisture and contribute to hair breakage.satin-pillowcase

Not protecting your hair when you sleep during the winter can result in brittle hair. If you’re not already diligent about using a satin or silky hair covering or sleeping on a satin/silky pillowcase, winter is a good time to start. Doing this minimizes styling time in the mornings. If your hair is relaxed or pressed, wrap it before applying your hair cover. Pin or wrap your hair in place prior to covering it at night. Ladies who sport natural hair can twist or braid their hair before covering; this enables the hair to maintain some moisture and simultaneously, prevents damage.satin-hair-cover

As well, indoor heating and freezing temperatures can sap moisture out of your hair.  It is common to cleanse your mane more frequently during warm weather. Regular exposure to water helps maintain moisture during the summer, but since many of us switch to a less shampoos during winter, retaining moisture into the hair becomes an issue.

Deep conditioning treatments maintain a good moisture and protein balance. Twice a month can greatly improve the condition and keep a healthy balance in cold weather.   Also, try adding steam treatments if it isn’t already a part of your routine. Sitting under a bonnet dryer with a low heat setting may result in a noticeable difference in your deep treatments.

For best results, please consult with a hair care professional or myself at eeub143@aol.com.

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How Can Menopause Affect the Condition of Your Hair?

It is common knowledge that hot flashes and night sweats when women enter menopause. Though, you may not know that falling estrogen levels can also have a major affect on the health of your skin and hair. According to the North American Menopause Society, collagen loss begins early but is most rapid in the first few years of menopause, leading to dry thinning hair and sometimes flaky skin.

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With maturity, and menopause affecting our lives, many times it’s necessary to change hairstyles because of hot flashes. Finding a style that is not affected when these flashes hit can sometimes be a challenge. Some of us will notice that once thick hair now becomes soft and finer. The look that was once easily maintained becomes an ongoing challenge as a result of sweat outbreaks, coupled with thinning hair.

During menopause, chemical treatments such as relaxers and hair coloring may require longer processing time due to lower estrogen levels and/or moisture to the hair. 1442006133-hair-dye

Hormone levels can affect the quality and the quantity of hair,” says Miami dermatologist Janice Lima-Maribona, MD. “The texture of hair is directly related by hormonal issues that relate to thyroid as well as estrogen and testosterone levels,” she explains and that’s why “hair can be brittle, lusterless and slow growing,” during certain times of your life.

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While your hair texture might not change on a month-to-month basis due to hormonal fluctuations of your cycle, there are certain life events that can cause a dramatic difference. (www.newbeauty.com)

These affects can be minimized with slight dietary changes, exercise and an ongoing relationship with your haircare specialist. Please feel free to email )eeub143@aol.com) or comment below.