By: Matt Yarborough, Southern Femme Intern
Let’s face it, winter weather is the pits! Especially in Alabama. It can be in the seventies one day and then drop below freezing the next. These drastic climate changes, along with damaging winter winds, can do a number on your hair. Dry and frizzy hair is not cute…on anyone…ever. So, to keep your lovely locks looking gorgeous during the remainder of the winter season, Nicholas Penna, Jr. of Salon Capri in Newton and Dedham, MA, has sent over some helpful hair care tips. Listen up femmes because Mr. Penna knows what he is talking about! He has just returned from New York Fashion Week styling for Rodarte (see image below!), Theory and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Here are his wonderful hair tips:
1. Get Rich Quick. No, not your wallet—your shampoo. Pick up a moisture rich shampoo and conditioner for the winter months, preferably one with vitamins and oils. Nick suggests L’Oreal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Liss Ultime shampoo and conditioner. “It’s good to change up the product you use every few months so your hair doesn’t build up immunity to the ingredients,” Nick points out.
2. Be Exotic. “One of the hottest new trends is incorporating Argan oil into your beauty routine,” reports Nick. Argan oil contains fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants that restore your hair’s natural luster without a greasy shine. Nick recommends using the oil like a serum. “Use about a dime sized amount and comb it evenly through damp hair,” says Nick. Or, look for a conditioning treatment that contains Argan oil like Shu Uemura’s Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment.
3. DIY. If you want a more wallet friendly way to add some essential nutrients to your ‘do, try adding a nickel sized amount of honey or olive oil to your daily conditioner. Nick’s tips to creating your own spa night at home are to soak a hand towel in hot water and let it steam with you in the shower. Massage your strands with the conditioning olive oil treatment and let it rest. Wring out the hot towel and wrap it tightly around your head and relax for 30 minutes. Invite some friends over and you’ve got yourself a spa night!
4. Go All the Way. While blow drying and using hot tools definitely dries up your hair, it is somewhat unavoidable during the cold months. “If you’re going to blow dry, always use a thermal spray or serum that will protect your hair,” urges Nick. Try L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Cellular Thermo Spray. Moreover, Nick insists you go big or go home when blow drying. “Blow drying your hair half way will only create frizz and damage. If you spend the extra 5 minutes using a round brush to blow your hair out to a smooth finish, it makes all the difference,” he says.
5. Avoid the Freeze. “Never go outside with wet hair,” says Penna. Wet hair and even damp hair can easily freeze once temperatures drop into the 30s, and frozen strands mean split ends. “If you have to run outside, be sure to work a quick squeeze of serum in your hair before tucking your hair beneath a hood or hat.” Don’t be discouraged by hat hair—the serum will keep your hair smooth and moisturized, so you won’t have to worry about frizz or flatness.
6. Nourish from the Inside Out. Be sure to indulge in the season’s offerings—proteins, fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and essential oils that help keep your hair healthy from the inside out. “Believe it or not, eating balanced foods will improve your hair’s natural shine, bounce and body! Many of winter’s seasonal goods, like dark leafy vegetables, beans and carrots provide the exact nutrients to promote shiny, silky hair.”
In addition to Nicholas’s wonderful tips, we at Southern Femme have another hair care secret! If you’re suffering from an excessively dry or oily scalp, or just want to have healthy voluminous hair, check out Phyto’s Phytopolleine Universal Scalp Elixir (Ulta, $32). The oil actually cleanses the scalp allowing for fresh, shiny, voluminous hair! It was actually Jackie O’s secret weapon! Just massage into scalp and dry hair about 20 min. before showering, leave in, then wash hair as normal.
I hope all you beautiful southern femmes (and hommes!) found the tips informative and useful! Remember, no one likes dry and damaged hair, so be sure to put these tips to use!