December 2023

Best Ways to Winter-Proof Your Hair

Taylor Swift Red BeanieSome of the most common problems people face with their hair in the winter is dry ends/split ends, cold-induced frizz, dry scalp, static, limp hair, dull-colored hair, and the ever dreaded hat hair, according to DJ Quintero, Stylist at Serge Normant in New York City. Think all hair handles winter damage equally-think again. Those with thin/fine hair or color-treated hair are more prone to breakage in the winter.

The best thing you can do to keep hair silky and shinny is to moisturize with hydrating shampoos and conditioners. “Remember your hair is an extension of your scalp. Keep your scalp moisturized,” says Quintero. Want to really give your hair star treatment?- Quintero recommends rich hair treatments like Kerastase Masque Nutri-Thermique, $60. Great for all hair-types but especially those with dry and sensitive hair, this masque contains nourishing agents to prevent dehydration.

Using an anti-frizz volumizer is key to keeping winter’s harsh ways at bay. The Rene Furterer Myrrhea Anti-Frizz Silkening Fluid, $30, protects against heat damage while adding volume. Other smart tips from Quintero: use a little oil especially on the ends which are notorious for breaking. Also, don’t over use hairsprays with lots of alcohol; strands will be left greasy and flat.

No matter what your hair problem is this winter, Quintero’s got you covered, as he shares his best styling products and tools to kick any bad hair day.

Beach Bag Essentials

Every girl likes to be prepared and have everything she could possibly need in her bag at all times. This holds especially true in the summer when sun and sand are involved. A day at the beach requires a different but equally stocked bag. Here are this summer’s best products to stash in your beach bag:

The first thing you can’t forget to put in your beach bag is of course, sunscreen. Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch is an affordable and reliable choice as it’s lightweight but still offers significant protection. Plus, it isn’t greasy so you can use it on your body and face. But those aren’t the only places that need a little SPF. The delicate skin on your lips should always be protected. Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 is a favorite of ours because it is available in various glossy colors. The sun can also damage hair if it isn’t properly protected. Rene Furterer’s Okara Protect Color Radiance Enhancing Spray helps protect color-treated hair from fading while nourishing with Vitamin E.

A great hat, like this Hat Attack Raffia Medium Brim Floppy, is another way to protect your skin and hair from the sun. But just because you aren’t getting those sun-kissed cheeks the natural way doesn’t mean you can’t fake the rosy look with tarte’s natural cheek stain, which stays put better than a powder blush.

Cover-up in style with Calypso St. Barth’s Samantha Embroidered Tunic. It’s available in array of lovely colors, but it does run a tad small so order one size up.

It’s just as important to keep your skin and body hydrated as it is to protect it. Drinking a lot of water is great for your health but can be harmful to the environment if you use disposable plastic bottles. Take care of yourself and the planet with recycled and refillable EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottles in stylish designs. And when your face needs a cooling refresher, give yourself a spritz 2 Note Perfumery’s light face mist.

You can throw all these great products in this tote from Jonathan Adler. We love how you can choose your favorite print or your favorite destination!

Buy Now, Johnathan Adler Well-Traveled Beach Tote, $198
Buy Now, Rene Furterer Okara Protect Color Radiance Enhancing Spray, $26
Buy Now, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF55, $9.49
Buy Now, EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $13.99
Buy Now, Kiehls Lip Balm SPF15, $8.50
Buy Now, Tarte Cheek Stain, $30