Shampoos and Color Treatments: Your Best Choice for Hair Care continued...
"Through the years clients told me over and over that the shampoo that just did wonders for their hair in New York City, didn't do the same thing when they traveled to Los Angeles or Florida or even Europe," says Craig.
Ultimately, he figured out why: "It wasn't the hair that was changing, it was the water," he says. More specifically, it's mineral content. Ranging from "soft," which had very few dissolved minerals such as calcium , to "hard," which had some, to "very hard," which was mineral-heavy, the differences, says Craig, were enough to increase or even cause a number of hair problems including static electricity, lack of body, and even dry, coarse, and brittle hair.
His solution: A travel kit of hair shampoos designed to work optimally according to the three basic water types -- and a free package of test strips to help you figure out which one to use where!
"You would be amazed at the difference that pairing your shampoo to your water type can make in terms of how your hair behaves particularly in winter," says Craig.
If you're used to coloring your hair, particularly adding highlights, all our experts say winter is a good time to give it a rest. Since it's the lightening process that does the most damage to hair, the less stress you put on your tresses in winter, the better they will look when spring and summer rolls around.
In the meantime, however, you don't have to suffer with drab, dull hair. Stylists say warm up your look with a change of hue -- and add less intense "low lights" (highlights closer to your base hair color) for eye-catching pizzazz with minimal damage.
"Try a rinse in a warmer shade of your natural color to bring out highlights and brighten your look," says Chavez.
Craig also makes a line of no-peroxide, no-ammonia hair color that can help you highlight almost any shade of hair from dark brown to light blonde, color gray with any highlight shade you choose, and put "low lights" in almost any color hair -- all without any risk of damage.
"In fact, our color is actually good for your hair and can help condition it," says Craig.
Regardless of the product you use, if you color your hair in winter Chavez says always cover your head when outdoors, and always use a shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair.
Colette Bouchez is the author of Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy: Beauty, Health, and Lifestyle Advice for the Modern Mother-to-Be.