Beauty: Winter-Ready Hair

Follow these tips for shine, moisture, and vibrance through the Colorado winter.

Authored by Susan Fornoff

Photo by Cassandra Stiltner

We transition our cars and houses for Colorado’s cold, dry winters. But what about our hair? We abused it all summer in sunshine and chlorine, some of us going a little blonder than we should have. And now we want it to look shiny and healthy for a season of hats, scarves, and parties. We turned to Fallene Wells, owner of Denver’s Let Em Have It Salon, for advice on winterizing our hair. Let Em Have It is one of only a handful of local salons using the organic, high-end hair products from Italy’s Davines.

Tone down the blonde with a glaze

“A glaze is basically a nonpermanent color that’s just a tint to help deepen the color. We will add Finest Pigments (a salon treatment) from Davines to a repair treatment to enrich the blondes that have been overlightened.”

Go to work on your scalp

The Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser ($42) is a good start, cleansing and volumizing, “kind of a glycolic peel for your scalp.” Wells also likes the Quick Fix Circle ($10), which is loaded with hyaluronic acid, a good thing. “It helps to fill the hair with hydration from the inside out,” Wells says. “A lot of people think of acid as unnatural. But babies have really plump skin and soft, downy hair because of hyaluronic acid. It’s what your body is naturally using to lubricate joints. That breaks down over time and we need to supplement it.”

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Use a hydrating mask at least once a week in winter

Davines has a variety of “circles” starting at $10, and some wonderful traditional masks like the Nounou and Minu starting at $13.50. These will minimize electricity and help your hair stay in place.

Win the war against hat hair and scarf breakage

Davines’ Love Curl Revitalizer ($32.50) will revitalize curly hair flattened by hats; for straighter hair, Wells suggests the Dry Texturizer ($34) or the Hair Refresher ($29.50), a dry shampoo. If you like to wear a scarf, she suggests a leave-in conditioner in the morning. Who can ever have too much moisture in a Colorado winter?

Read the ingredients when you shop for hair care products

Coconut oil, bad. Talc, bad. Silicone, bad. Jojoba oil, good. Brown sugar, honey, and jojoba oil all mixed up together as a hair and scalp treatment, really good. “Yes, you’re going to put all that goop all over your hair, and it’s weird,” says Wells. “But we did that treatment here for a long time until we got the Davines treatments and realized we didn’t need it anymore.”

Let Em Have It Salon
490 E. 20th Ave.