Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter Hair and Nail Care Tips

The weekend is over and Monday has arrived once again. The Makeup Examiner has had a spell with lack of sleep and it is so feeling like a Mondaze, but such is life and you didn’t stop by to read about my quandary with sleep. So without further ado, Happy Monday my lovelies and let’s get to this Monday’s question!

Today’s Manic Makeup Monday question comes from TME reader Tailia W. of Alston, United Kingdom. Tailia ask: “My hair and nails look hideous during the winter. Any tips for my tresses and nails?”

With naturally curly hair that is already prone to frizzes, no matter if I wear it curly or wipe out the flat iron, I won this battle with a few simple steps. Also, I tend to wash my hands often, so keeping my nails looking good throughout the winter months in another battle that I finally won.

Let’s start with a few simple hair care tips. Maintaining moisture is key to gorgeous hair. So start with your shampoo and conditioner. Avoid shampoo that contains sulfates and opt for a conditioner that is specifically deep moisturizing. Using the proper conditioner is essential during the winter, but it’s a balancing act. While many swear by a twice-weekly deep conditioning treatment, this may produce overly conditioned, limp hair. Your hair doesn’t understand time, so conditioning treatments should be done when you need them. The last tip that I have about moisturizing your hair is one that always works for me. The leave-in conditioner! I recommend Sexy Hair Concepts Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Leave-In Conditioner (4.2 oz $12.50 USD).

Keeping dry heat away from our air is optimal, but not necessarily feasible. We aren’t likely to walk out the front door with our hair sopping wet during the winter. The Makeup Examiner spoke with Aleshia Hawkins, owner of Mane Station and 20 plus year veteran in the beauty industry. Aleshia states, “If you’re using a heat on your hair, such as a blow dryer or flat iron, you must use a heat protectant.” It’s rather logical advice. My flat iron heats up to 450 degrees, so yep, I’m protecting my hair against the heat. Aleshia recommended Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Spray (6.0 oz $20.00 USD).

As I stated above, I wash my hands often, so to keep my hands and nails pretty and free from cracked cuticles, moisturizer is key here as well. Hopefully, your using hand moisturizer throughout the day, but you also need to moisturize your nails and cuticles. A fabulous product that I’ve found is Waxelene (2.0 oz $7.00 USD). It’s a petroleum-free product that not only delivers amazing moisture to your nails and cuticles, it can be used anywhere that petroleum jelly can. So, you get a lot of bang for buck!

If you’re prone to hangnails, winter weather definitely makes them worse. Never pull a hangnail, instead reach for a nail clipper and gently remove the hangnail. Then apply an astringent. At bedtime, reach for a dab of anti-biotic cream like Neosporin. Another amazing nail product that I found to keep nails looking absolutely amazing and nourished is Acquarella Nail Water Color Polish (0.42 oz $16.00 USD). Acquarella polishes are water-based versus lacquer based. The Makeup Examiner has been using their polishes for a few months and I’m not likely to go back to a “conventional” polish.

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