Ask A Stylist: What Home Remedies Will Protect My Hair This Winter?

In the latest edition of Patch's "Ask a Stylist" series, Salon Hype owner Ross Bartolomei gives some home remedies to help your winter-damaged hair.

Every so often on Patch, Salon Hype owner Ross Bartolomei answers a question about the ubiquitous discussion topic that is our hair. 

Got a question for Ross? Email it to joe.odonnell@patch.com.

Question: What at-home remedies do you recommend to combat problem hair, especially dry, flyaway hair damaged by the effects of winter?

Answer: There seems to be at-home remedies for every ache and pain, and problem hair is no exception. Here are three that I love and that really work:

My favorite for deep conditioning is the ripe avocado treatment. Use one very ripe avocado, smash it, much like you would when making guacamole, and apply to freshly shampooed hair. Let it penetrate for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse. The oils in the avocado nourish and condition the hair, combating the dry, often frizzy side effects of the cold, dry winter months. If you can't find an avocado, mashed peaches, minus the pit, are excellent conditioning agents, too.

Here's a great one for fine, flyaway hair: Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. Pour half of the mixture over freshly shampooed hair, massage it in, and repeat with the remaining mixture.  Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse. It's great for fine hair—it adds volume, plumps up hair shaft, and adds shine.

For my third recipe, mash one seedless cucumber in a food processor. Work it through freshly shampooed hair and scalp. Really massage it in and let it sit for a 15 minutes before rinsing. The cucumber helps minimize any oily sheen or built-up oily residue from products. If you don't want to use a cucumber, watermelon is an excellent substitute.

Bon appétit!

See Past "Ask a Stylist" questions:

  • How Do I Find the Right Hair Brush?
  • Are Keratin Treatments the Way to Go?
  • What's the Best Way to Go Gray?


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