6 Tips to Get Your Hair Ready for the Harsh Winter
That chill in the air you’re feeling is no joke; winter is officially on its way! Before you totally freak out and make plans to hibernate until spring, we suggest doing a little prep work to keep your looks looking good this season (and maybe investing in a puffer jacket or two). Thanks to dry air, indoor heat and constant hat head, your locks can really suffer from a slew of winter beauty problems in the colder months. Luckily, we’ve got genius tips galore from George Gonzalez, celebrity stylist and owner of George the Salon in Chicago (a city where they know winter), to get you through the harsh hair season. Here’s how to get your hair winter-ready and keep it looking strong until the snow melts.
1. Stop washing your hair every day. Put down the shampoo bottle! As the weather turns, your hair will inevitably suffer from more static and frizz. Luckily, Gonzalez says you can avoid excess electricity by not washing your hair every day. Want even better results? On the second day, only rinse and condition whenever possible.
2. Get a cashmere hat.J.Crew Cashmere Striped Hat ($78): If you have a new winter hat on your Christmas wish list, better make sure it’s cashmere or cotton — wool is one of the worst materials for hair health. Wool fibers that are constantly rubbing against your hair will lead to breakage, dryness and even some hair loss (especially if you tend to rock your beanie indoors). So do yourself a favor and splurge a little.
3. Buy a moisturizing mask.Verb Hydrating Mask ($14): If you aren’t already using one, go buy a hydrating hair mask, like this life-saver by Verb, and apply it at least once a week, Gonzalez recommends. Hydrating masks are your one-and-done solution for beautifully conditioned hair in a matter of minutes. They’re super protective and will keep your hair looking shiny and strong all winter — so stock up.
4. Embrace hat hair.Charlotte Simone Sass Cap ($100): Gonzalez suggests taking advantage of the time you spend wearing a cute cap or fedora to create heat-free waves and curls. Before your a.m. commute, braid your hair or pin down some curl sets. Then put your hat on and shake it out once you get to work. You’ll get on-trend curls without the heat damage from styling tools — talk about multi-tasking.
5. Check the labels.Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Omega+ Nourishing Hair Oil ($38): Check your hair products and look for natural ingredients like camellia and sesame or sunflower seed oils, like those featured in Alterna’s nourishing formula. These superpower oils will boost hydration more effectively than other ingredients, keeping your strands conditioned and nourished even when it’s freezing outside.
6. Think creamy and dreamy. Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner ($27): One big problem with hair in the winter is that it tends to fall flat. Gonzalez says that using cream-based products will help hair keep its shape and maintain volume. So opt for shampoos, conditioners and leave-in treatments that offer a thicker, creamier texture if you want to keep some life in those locks.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)