Here at Makeup.com, we are lucky enough to have a panel of experts to sound off on very important hair and makeup topics. Today, for example, we asked hair guru Craig Wcislo of LuxeLab Salon in Santa Monica, California to give us the scoop on how to keep our hair healthy in the winter.
With all we do to our hair, it’s important to have a good understanding of the types of damage we inflict on it and how to rehab our tresses. This is especially true in the winter months when the icy elements can work against us. Check out the four most common hair issues and my tips on how to fix and prevent them.
Problem #1: Dry Hair
You know when you run a comb through your hair and it gets stuck halfway down? How about when your hair just feels rough? These are two common symptoms of dried-out hair, which can be caused by chemical treatments, heat styling or just plain overworking it. What happens here is the internal moisture is zapped from the hair, leaving the cuticle raised and rough.
Try an intense moisture treatment, such as Kérastase Masque Nutri-Thermique, or Shu Uemura’s Moisture Velvet Treatment Masque. These concentrated treatments will renew your hair and make it feel soft again. Follow up the masque with a leave-in heat protectant before you reach for the blowdryer. Add shine serum like Kérastase Elixir Ultime Original Oil and you’re good to go!
Problem #2: Damaged Hair
If you color your hair or dabble in balayage and/or highlights, it’s safe to say you’ve entered the domain of damage. If you can pull at an individual strand of hair and it snaps apart easily, it’s time to go back in and rebuild those bonds.
Start by using a strengthening conditioner like L’Oréal Professionel Pro-Fiber Restore Conditioner and take advantage of a brand new technology designed to revive your hair and get it back to a healthier state.
Problem #3: Breakage
This is when you know you’ve pushed the hair limits too far. Breakage occurs when the cysteine bonds holding your hair fiber together have collapsed and can’t recover. Your main concern at this point is keeping your hair on your head.
First things first, avoid any more chemicals and coloring until you’ve repaired the damage. Fortunately there are a few products that can help this tragic situation. Kérastase recently released their latest technological whiz program that targets over-processed hair: Therapiste. Here’s what you do: Use the Soin Premier Thérapiste first on damp hair to protect it before shampooing. Then use the Bain Thérapiste to cleanse and the Masque Thérapiste to condition.
Problem #4: Split Ends
Split ends just look nasty. They are a result of heating tools and could mean it’s time for a haircut or (at the very least) some damage control.
A leave-in product is your best bet to keep split ends from taking over your life. Kérastase Sérum Thérapiste will reduce split ends by 70 percent and provide heat protection. You can also use Shu Uemura’s Ultimate Remedy Duo-Form Serum to make your ends smooth and luxurious again. And, consider a trim!
Model: Emily Tom
About the Author: Craig Wcislo is a Los Angeles-based hair stylist, Kérastase educator and mentor stylist for Luxelab salon in Santa Monica, California.