Holiday parties are just around the corner, and you’ll want to look your best for your friends, family and coworkers. Unfortunately, winter weather poses a threat to your luscious locks, drying out your strands and causing frizz.
If your hair is in need of some TLC, take action early this month to whip it into shape for the holidays! Here are a few easy things you can do to get glamorous, healthy hair in time for holiday parties and the new year.
Nourish from the inside out
One of the best things you can do for your hair is nourish it from the inside out through a healthy diet and hair care supplements. You’ll want to start this as early as possible to have the best effect on your hair.
Make sure you’re eating multiple healthy, balanced meals each day loaded up with hair-healthy vitamins and nutrients like protein, vitamin C, vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids. Eggs, fish, berries and leafy green vegetables are all great sources of these nutrients.
Certain supplements can also give your hair health a boost from within—especially if you have dietary restrictions. Biotin is one key vitamin that has known benefits for the hair, skin and nails, and silica may help improve the strength of your hair if it is damaged.
After a few weeks of eating well and nourishing your body with the right combination of nutrients, you should be able to see a noticeable difference in your hair’s shine, strength and texture.
Switch your products
Not all hair products are right for certain times of the year. During winter, you’ll probably want a heavier conditioner that really helps lock in moisture and reduce frizz. If you normally use a clarifying shampoo, put that aside in favor of a more moisturizing one to allow your natural oils to nourish your hair. And, if your shampoo and conditioner contain harmful ingredients like parabens and sulfates, they may be preventing your hair from looking its best.
Early in the month, switch your shampoo and conditioner to some without parabens and sulfates and make sure your conditioner is truly moisturizing. These kinds of products will help maintain the natural oils in your hair while preventing excessive dryness or breakage.
If you don’t already use a hair oil, consider purchasing one to add extra moisture and shine to your hair. Different oils are ideal for different hair types, so make sure you do your research to find the perfect one for you.
Weekly deep conditioning treatment
Dry winter air can cause even normally oily hair to puff out with frizz, so maximizing hydration should be a top priority in the weeks leading up to the holidays. On top of your normal conditioning treatment you use after you shampoo, add a weekly deep-conditioning mask to your routine.
You can purchase these types of masks at the store or make your own at home using moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil, avocado and yogurt. Apply the mask all over your hair and let it sit under a shower cap for at least 30 minutes or overnight if your locks are feeling super dry. Rinse it out in the morning and enjoy deeply hydrated locks all month long!
Get a fresh cut
One week before the holiday festivities are set to begin, visit the salon and get a quick trim to clean up any split ends and existing damage. Routine trims are essential to maintaining healthy hair, since split ends can worsen the longer you let them sit.
If you have other damage on your hair, speak with your stylist about what you can do to mask it or remove it to allow your healthy hair to thrive. They may have styling ideas that you had never thought about before, allowing you to rock a beautiful new ‘do for the holidays!
Style the day of
In the weeks leading up to your holiday parties, try to avoid styling your hair with heat as much as you can. Heat styling can zap moisture and lead to worsened frizz and damage. This will help keep your hair as healthy as possible while you nourish it in other ways.
When it comes time to celebrate, try to style your hair without heat—there are tons of ways to curl or style hair by air drying. If you must use heat, make sure you use a heat protectant spray and take good care of your hair afterward.
Once the holiday season is over, continue using a weekly conditioning treatment to help repair your hair from all the styling and stress it might have endured during your celebrations.