Air-drying may be gentler on your strands, but we promise you, gorgeous, healthy locks are worth nothing when you’re stuck in bed, battling what feels like a near-death illness because you had the brilliant plan to walk outside with sopping wet hair in below freezing temps. Not the smartest move! For most of us, chilly weather means having to bust out the hot tools more often than not, a habit that can leave us with dry, dull and overall sad-looking strands. So what’s a girl to do? We've got you covered! Check out our top five ways to protect your mane this winter.
Tip #1: Be mindful of temperature
Yes, blowdrying your hair on the highest temperature will speed up the styling process (and warm you up when it’s freezing outside), but it’s also not usually necessary. Whether you’re styling with a blowdryer, flat iron or curling iron, adjust the temperature for your specific hair type. For those with fine or damaged locks, stick with a temperature in the range of 250-340 degrees. If you have normal to thick hair, try 300-350 degrees, while those with coarse, super-thick strands can go all the way up to 400-450 degrees.
Tip #2: Get a gloss
Hair glosses are perhaps one of the most underrated salon services. A gloss not only prolongs the life of your color and adds brilliance, dimension and mega-watt shine, it can also combat frizz, tone color, reduce the look of split ends and restore softness. To keep your color looking fresh, aim to get a gloss every 4-6 weeks.
Tip #3: Invest in color-protecting products
Heat styling is one of the fastest ways to fade your color. To maintain your shade, incorporate shine-boosting, color-protective products into your daily routine. Some major must-haves? The Keune Care Color Brillanz Shampoo and Conditioner, to cleanse and condition your strands without stripping your shade; and the Keune Care Color Brillanz Conditioning Spray, to lock in softness and shine while protecting your color from the sun.
Tip #4: Deep condition often
Harsh winter temps can be insanely drying to strands. Add in frequent heat styling and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. To protect your hair, apply a deep conditioning mask at least 1-2 times a week. For best results, allow it to sit overnight to help your hair absorb as much moisture as possible. DIY your treatment using equal parts of coconut oil, castor oil, and jojoba oil, or, make your life easy with the pre-made Keune Care Color Brilliant Mask.
Tip #5: Be mindful with your heat
Even though it may be cold outside, that doesn’t mean you need to whip out your blowdryer or flat iron daily. Instead, schedule your styling to fit your upcoming plans. For example, reserve heat for days when you need your hair to look on point, then stretch out your washes utilizing heat-free styles, such as a sleek pony or messy bun. Though your hair won’t look perfectly coiffed every single day, you can still look put together and maintain healthy strands and beautiful color all season long!
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