winter girl in the rays of the setting sun

UV protection is one of the most important things for shiny strands and vibrant color. While we are well aware that the sun can have some ill effects in the summer, many people don’t realize the winter sun can be just as harsh to your hair health as the warmer months. Click the notes for the details. —Kelly Rowe

In the summer you feel the heat, which you immediately attribute to the sun, reminding you to cover your hair and put sunscreen on. In the winter the cold tricks you into thinking the sun isn’t as strong. Not true. The UV is just as powerful in the winter as it is in the summer.

In the winter we spend time on mountains for sports like snowboarding; up high, the UV is stronger due to cleaner air at higher altitudes. About every 1000 feet you go up the UV increases by 4%-5%! That’s 4%-5% more color fading and hair dulling. Plus, snow can reflect 85%-90% of UV rays giving you a double blast of rays from above and below. So when you head to Vail, Steamboat, Big Sky or your own favorite winter ski destination, that red glow you leave the mountain with is more than just windburn, it’s sunburn. If your skin is scorched imagine what happened to your fresh hair color.

So, how can you make sure that you have great hair all winter? 

Use UV protecting products in the winter as you would in the summer. Add in the extra protection of hats when you are hitting the slopes. I suggest always prepping hair with Protective Thickening Lotion, as well as being a heat protectant, has great UV protection for the hair. I also recommend  adding a coat of Healing Oil to finish with gloss and shine, and even more UV protection. In the winter, as well as enhancing your daily style, the right products can save you time and money because you won’t need to visit your colorist as regularly.

By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.

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