Expert's Opinion

Winter Hair Demands Moisture

By Philip Pelusi, Internationally recognized stylist and product artist | December 2, 2010

Select ingredients target dry tresses in colder temperatures.

As we move further into winter, the air around us starts to change.The change is the amount of moisture in the air. The air becomes drier. It is a well known fact is that our hair takes on whatever environment it is in. For example, in the summer when the air is more humid or more filled with moisture, our hair takes on that moisture and then can become frizzy and limp. In turn, as the humidity drops, the air becomes drier and literally pulls the moisture out of the hair and the scalp.

As temperatures drop outside, we turn up the temperature inside. This creates even drier air surrounding our hair and scalp, exaggerating the dry, dull, lifeless look of “winter hair” and can cause scalp flakiness commonly called seasonal dandruff.

Select ingredients keep hair and scalp properly hydrated during drier winter months. For example, a deep conditioner that contains the moisture binding powerhouse hyaluronic acid is ideal. Use a plant derived version of this powerful humectant to help bind moisture into the scalp and hair.Hyaluronic acid helps prevent winter dry air from pulling that precious moisture out of the hair.

Switching to or alternating with a slightly more hydrating shampoo will help lock moisture in at the beginning of the day. Look for a shampoo that contains weightless moisturizers like organic marshmallow root, plantain, mountain ladybell and Solomon’s seal. Also try the ingredient cassia angustifolia seed extract, apowerful but completely weightless humectant great for binding moisture on any texture or density of hair without weighing it down.

Some alternate their regular shampoo with a protein-based moisturizing exfoliating treatment shampoo to relieve scalp flakiness with the dynamic exfoliating duo of salicylic acid and zinc pyrithione.

Static is a big problem for winter hair. Try a weightless groom that contains organic fig, plum and pomegranate, as these will help instantly hydrate the hair and scalp and smooth and eliminate static. Another bonus to look for is one that has an SPF to help filter ultraviolet rays even in the winter.For example, Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Guardian SPF 18.

Refresh hair with an anti-static, anti-frizz dry shampoo.Look for one containing organic bergamot, sunflower and lavender to add weightless hydration to help eliminate static, add shine and protect from thermal styling tools. Try Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Dri Shampoo.

About the Author
Philip Pelusi is an internationally recognized stylist, photographer and product artist. Having gone from one salon to 13 locations as well as a magnificent industry centerpiece in New York City, Pelusi has created a philosophy, a product line, P2 by Philip Pelusi and systems for success.Philip created and trademarked, within the industry, the phrase “A Cut Above The Rest” to coincide with his creation of the registered Volumetric haircutting technique around which he built his empire.

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