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Edited by on November 13 2012 at 12:01 PM

Hair is a woman’s pride and joy.  If you live in a place that experiences freezing winters, you probably know how hard it is to avoid split ends and dryness.  Furthermore, if you’re trying to grow out your mane, it’s crucial to take extra good care of your hair.  I asked pro hair colorist Michael Murphy from the prestigious Eiji Salon in NYC, on how to keep our hair in tip-top shape at all times, cold winters included.

Michael Murphy Answers Your Burning Hair Care Questions

1. What are the best ways to keep hair hydrated during the winter?
Weekly moisturizing, treatments and humidifier

2. Especially for those of us who are trying to grow our hair out, how can we prevent split ends?
Since hair splits from the ends upward, its best to trim frequently and avoid extreme heat tools.

3. Can brushing hair every day be damaging?
Gentle scalp manipulation is very beneficial for healthy scalp and hair as it stimulates blood flow and distribution of natural oils through hair like conditioner

4. How often should we be washing our hair per week?
Thin, oil hair should be brushed daily, while frizzy may only need to be weekly.

5. What are some other ways to keep hair looking fresh?
Touch-ups with color, bang trims and monthly clear glossing’s

6. We’ve heard it’s really beneficial to rub oils into our scalp and ends. Do you agree with this? What oils do you recommend?
Consider Tea Tree Oil for Winter for those who tend to get dry scalp.  I recommend using NIGELLE AX shampoos and conditioners. It is great for all hair types; fine, normal, coarse, curly, frizzy and heat damaged. These are specialty formulated to repair damaged cuticles, replace proteins and lipids to the ideal moisture balance and restore the hair. We use these products on a regular basis at the salon to keep hair looking fresh and healthy.

7. The ombre fad may be gone, but our bleach-fried ends remain. Is there any way to restore damaged hair?
Cut it off

8. What is the least harmful way to dye or highlight hair?
Semi-permanents low ammonia and low level peroxides are popular.  Highlights only 2 shades up is the best solution. The least harmful= direct dye, that coats hair, not mixed with anything, no peroxide, no ammonia, but doesn’t have ability to lift, only deposit.

 

Michael Murphy Answers Your Burning Hair Care Questions

 

 

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