Photo Credit: Ondrea BarbeThe winter blahs are upon us, and that generally means dry, frizzy, overtaxed tresses. But don't pull out your trusty hat. These easy changes to you routine can fix your biggest hair woes.
Stop a Bad-Hair Day Before It Starts
Turns out there was something to your mother's nagging about leaving the house with a wet head. While you may not catch a cold, wet hair is more fragile, meaning it's more susceptible to the outdoor elements (wind, cool temperatures) than dry hair.
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Upgrade Your Blow-Dryer
In a cheaply made blow-dryer, the coil and motor can overheat, frying your hair's cuticle. This doesn't mean you should drop your next paycheck on a professional blow-dryers; since these are extra-powerful, incorrect use can burn your hair. Instead, pick up an ionic blow-dryer (like Conair ION Shine 1875 Watt Dryer, $37). Ionic technology shrinks water molecules, so hair dries faster but with less damage.
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Pack Your Own Shampoo
Sure, it's convenient to use the stuff provided in the locker room, but it could be stripping your tresses of essential moisture. Save yourself from the gym's economy-style, suds, which are likely more suitable for scrubbing your floors than your head, by toting travel-size bottles of quality sulfate- and salt-free products. It's a little change, but you'll notice a big different in the way your hair looks and feels.
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