One of the many great things about summer is that its casual
vibe allows you to wash and go, giving your hair a much-needed break from
abusive heat styling. But when winter returns, most women bust out the hair
dryer and flattening iron. "You're more likely to load up on treatments
such as hair coloring and chemical straightening in the winter
months—especially around the holidays," says Los Angeles–based hairstylist
Michael Shaun Corby. Following are the two most common types of damage and
simple steps to repair them.
Repair Chemical Damage
Too many chemical treatments, like highlights and hair
straightening, sap strands of natural moisture, leaving them dull and brittle.
"Chemicals penetrate into the hair and eat away at the protective lipid
layer, which is what keeps your locks nourished and glossy," says Emily
Overton, a principal scientist for Procter & Gamble.
How to heal: Do
a steam treatment once a week to help open the cuticles and let your
conditioner really seep in to rehab your hair, says New York City colorist Rita
Hazan. Here's how: After shampooing, apply a deep conditioner with protein and
essential fatty acids to wet hair. Try Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment
($42, at Sephora). Microwave a big bowl of water for three minutes, then put on
rubber cleaning gloves to prevent your hands from getting burned. Quickly dunk
a medium-size towel into the bowl, wring out excess water, let it cool for a
few seconds, and then wrap it turban-style around your hair. After five