The winter climate in Colorado is extremely hard on hair. Between the extra dry air, interior heating systems and a near constant barrage of UV exposure, treatments are a must for keeping your locks from drying out. Popular treatments include hair masks, hot oils and leave-in conditioners. Here is how to choose the right one for you.
Hair Mask: These deep-conditioning masks are applied to wet hair, left on for a designated period of time, and rinsed out. Often made with conditioning ingredients such as coconut oil, argan oil and other extracts that are blended with other ingredients, hair masks help make hair softer, shinier and healthier. Hair masks are great for people with fine hair, or hair that isn’t overly damaged. They can be used more often than other treatments without leaving as much buildup. However, overuse can lead to buildup and can weigh hair down. Luxe Salon in Downtown Denver offers a full line of hair masks by Kerastase and can recommend the proper one for your particular concern.
Hot Oil: For hair that is extra dry, damaged or coarse, hot oil treatments work more effectively. With these treatments, hydrating oil is the only ingredient. It is heated up and applied to hair, which is then wrapped in a towel or shower cap to help the product sink in. Caution is needed while applying these treatments at home, because it is possible to burn yourself. That said, these treatments are fabulous for people who need deep conditioning, and they work to hydrate your scalp as well. VO5 Hot Oil is a tried and true product that is available at any drug store.
Leave-In Conditioner: For those who find regular conditioner to be heavy, or simply don’t have time to leave it on long enough while showering, a leave-in conditioner is a good option. Many of them are either spray or cream formulas. They are applied after washing and towel-drying, but before the hair is completely dry. One drawback to leave-in conditioners is that you may need to try several brands before finding one they like. Some of them can make hair feel dirty or dull. Try Bumble and Bumble, which is available at Sephora.
Just because it’s cold, dry and sunny outside doesn’t mean that your hair needs to resemble The Scarecrow’s stuffing. By adding a weekly or bi-weekly treatment to your beauty routine, your hair will be shiny, bouncy and full of life.