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As adults, we’ve learned that slightly changing small habits can make a huge difference, especially in our beauty routines. We diligently transition our body- and skin-care rituals when cold weather rolls around. We swap our oil-absorbing moisturizers for moisture-rich creams; exchange our fruit-scented perfumes for musky gourmands, and yes — we pull out of all of our holiday-friendly red lipsticks. You might forget about your hair in the ‘Winter Transition,’ but you shouldn’t — especially if it’s naturally curly. “Changing up your hair routine is important as you enter a new season,” Larry Sims, celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Flawless by Gabrielle Union, says. “For much of the year, we’re exposed to the sun and our natural environment, leaving the hair cuticle vulnerable. It’s essential to give your natural hair some extra love in colder months.” For curly hair, extra winter love starts with a simple swap of your deep conditioner, but it also includes keeping up with haircuts and treatments. Ahead, we spoke to the pros for the tips they give their clients so that your hair can thrive this winter. Double up on deep conditioner. Rebuilding. That’s the word Sims says to keep in mind as you shape your winter hair care routine. “Your cuticle gets damaged from chemicals, and wear and tear from daily styling,” he explains. “This creates pockets and holes in the cuticle that can eventually result in shedding and breakage.” To stop breakage in its tracks, Sims says that adding a nourishing deep conditioning mask to your routine can drastically strengthen your curls. Sims recommends picking up this deep conditioner backed by him and his muse Gabrielle Union, who also frequently changes her styles. “This conditioner has Brazilian Bacuri Butter, Olive Oil, and Castor Seed Oil, which instantly replenishes moisture and protects against future breakage,” Sims explains. Matrix Artistic Director Michelle O’Connor, a fellow curly girl, says that your sweaters and hats can exacerbate frizz and dryness. “Bulkier knits can cause more friction on the hair, leading to more brittle ends,” she explains. “Using a moisturizing treatment once weekly can help prevent that.” O’Connor recommends slathering on a packet (or two) of this treatment once weekly, in addition to your conditioning routine, to smooth cuticles and add shine. Make sure your hair is dry after styling. Most curly-hair experts would say that the best time to apply styling products is when the hair is drenched. That remains true even in cooler weather. However, while many of them would encourage air drying in the summer, they advise against going outside with wet hair when it’s cold. O’Connor suggests dusting off your diffuser to dry your curls without disturbing them. “Moisture can escape from the hair as the air becomes dryer,” she says. Devachan Salon Senior Stylist, Mia Emilio, has also told her clients to invest in a microfiber towel to protect and define curls. “Be sure to remove as much excess water as possible to ensure maximum volume and to reduce frizz,” she says. “Use a microfiber towel like Devacurl’s new DevaTwist or any microfiber towel wrap to create less friction while removing extra water out of your hair.” O’Connor says that regular towels can disturb the cuticle, leading to frizz and tangles. She says the key to effectively using a microfiber towel is to use the “plop” method, which helps absorb water and maintain definition. “Lay the towel flat, flip your head over, and gently place your curls in the towel,” she explains. “Grab the ends of the towel and start twisting, creating twists on each side and clip them together to secure.” For maximum definition and to get the most water out of your hair, O’Connor says to wait 30 minutes before removing the towel. Use thicker styling products. Cold weather can quickly absorb all the moisture out of once-juicy, hydrated curls. To keep your hair from getting dull and frizzy the moment you step outside (or put on your hat), O’Connor says to start practicing the LOC method if you’re not already. “After washing and conditioning use a leave-in conditioner, followed by an oil, then seal in your moisture with a cream,” she says. Using the LOC method will not only give you the most poppin’ curls, but it’ll make sure they stay glorious for extended periods of time. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle O’Connor 🇯🇲🇺🇸🇨🇳🇮🇪🇳🇬🇪🇸 (@michelleoconnorbeauty) Your leave-in conditioner of choice depends on how thirsty your hair is for moisture. Emilio says that if your hair isn’t too dry, you can leave in some of your conditioner from the shower, or you can opt to mist on a lightweight formula instead. “I personally love DevaCurl’s B’leave-In Miracle Curl Plumper for this time of year because it’s light and leaves hair shiny and bouncy,” she says. “Focus on applying the product on the ends and mid-shaft if you’re worried about volume.” For tighter coils, opt for thicker formulas with ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter to hydrate and define. Finish with lightweight oils to add just enough shine without making your curls feel heavy or greasy. O’Connor used the Biolage R.A.W. Replenish Oil Mist on her client’s twist-out in the video above to add natural shine that still kept her curls bouncy. “Hair oil is always a must for curls,” O’Connor explains. “It helps maintain a healthy level of moisture that is needed in cooler weather.” Ultimately, moisture will be your curl’s best friend this season, so the more of it you have, the more good hair days you can count ahead. Look for curl-friendly hats and pillowcases. Materials don’t only matter when it comes to the type of towels you use on your curls. They’re even more critical when you’re looking to protect them from the elements. Most experts recommend trading your cotton pillowcase for a satin or silk option to avoid drying out and snagging on your natural hair, especially during the winter months. Phoenix Gonzalez and Sandra McCurdy created Silked, a line of satin and silk-lined accessories that include a line of mulberry-silk pillowcases to protect curls and reduce frizz. “Satin is your secret weapon to protect your hair from bedhead and breakage,” says Grace Eleyae, founder of Grace Eleyae Inc, a collection of satin-lined headwear. “Fabrics like cotton and wool suck the moisture right out of the hair strand, causing dryness and damage.” Winter hats are a huge friction culprit since most of them are made of thick wool and cotton materials. Instead of your standard hat, opt for something satin or silk-lined like Eleyae’s collection, which will protect you from the cold without giving you a bad hair day. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? 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Nail polish trends tend to line up with the seasons: For winter, deeper shades like glossy black and midnight blue perfectly complement the windchill and the 4 p.m. sunset. But according to the pros, this season's up-and-coming picks also draw inspiration from emerging neutral color trends, as well as some glittery red and gold undertones of the upcoming holiday season (which, yes, will be here before we realize it). Ahead, you'll get your first look at the experts' nail-polish trend predictions for winter 2020-2021. Shop your favorite shade now, before you're sitting at your next Zoom happy hour and see the shimmery rose gold of your dreams wrapped around the stem of someone else's wine glass. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. BurgundyYou can't go wrong with the winter classic: a high-shine burgundy. Celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik says the trending tonal range is wide. "I'm constantly pulling burgundy, wine, and berry shades this time of year," he tells us. Our most worth-it polish pick: Mischo's gorgeously rich blend of reddish brown with cranberry undertones.Mischo Front Row, $, available at MischoLight OakSomewhere between a light taupe and a mahogany lives this season's trending shade of oak brown. If you're looking for one of the best earth-toned neutrals to take into your December wardrobe, we'd recommend this bottle by Pear Nova named in honor of Michelle Obama.Pear Nova Pear Nova MICHELLE OUR MAMA, $, available at Pear NovaBright RedWhen it comes to red nail polish, you want to make sure you get the undertones just right. While some bottles read too orange and others too blue, this Suite Eleven shade is the perfect candy-apple color.Suite Eleven Suite Eleven From Brooklyn With Love, $, available at Suite ElevenPale LilacNot quite white, a creamy lilac is the perfect nuanced light tone for cooler weather. Nail pro Rita Remark tells us her favorite pale-lavender polish is Paintbox Like Dreams.Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Dreams, $, available at PaintboxOlive Green According to celebrity nail artist Gina Alcedo, green — specifically, the color of a martini olive — will continue to gain traction through winter. "Light pistachio was popular for a moment, but for winter I see one shade deeper," Alcedo says. "Olive is on trend and plays well around the holidays. My favorite is Olive for Green by OPI."OPI Olive for Green, $, available at OPISable BrownIt's official: Dark brown is the new black — and even chicer, at that, according to Olive & June founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle. "A rich chocolate brown is the most fashion-forward neutral," she says. "Our take is a glazed dark-chocolate brown, and we'll definitely be seeing a lot more of it this winter."Olive & June Olive & June CN Nail Polish, $, available at Olive & JuneRose GoldTuttle also confirms that shiny metallic manis are of the moment, especially the pale pink-tinged variety. "Rose gold is currently a favorite shade," she says. "You can wear as a solid color or add it as a nail-art accent." This polish — Reflection Perfection from Essie's metallic line — is that perfect sparkling-rosé shade. Essie Intergalactic Metals Collection Reflection Perfection, $, available at CVS Deep Purple There's something about a deep gothy purple that is both edgy and elegant at the same time — the perfect complement to any crewneck sweatshirt or house dress. To make this NVLA polish all the more appealing, Alcedo tells us it's one of Amal Clooney's go-to shades. NVLA NVLA Perfect Image, $, available at NVLAMustard Yellow The real shocker of this trend report might be the dark-yellow prediction. "Mustard is going to be one of the top winter nail trends," says Alcedo. "It's not bright or pastel, but a deep and rich yellow. I love Urbanized by Cirque Colors." Cirque Colors Urbanized, $, available at Cirque ColorsLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?6 Festive Nail Art Looks To See Out 2020I Hated DIY Manicures — Until I Tried This ProductBest Nail Polish Gift Sets For The Holidays
We like to think of nail polish as the cherry on top of the cake. Your hair, makeup, and outfit can be amazing without it, but a fun manicure is really the finishing touch that pulls a look together. We all have our signature color that we reach for when faced with the vast wall of options at the nail salon, but there's no denying that switching things up every once in a while is the best way to stay inspired. There's no better time to experiment with new nail polish colors than the start of the season. For our editors, the winter makes us want to break out deep, calming blues, berry reds, and high-impact metallics. Whether you're as bold as they come with your manicure designs already and just looking for some fresh ideas, or you're stuck in a beauty rut, the winter nail polish shades ahead will help you revamp your entire collection.
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There are much worse things in life than breaking a nail, but a bad split can be painful. Plus, in some cases, there's no way to remove the broken part without exposing your nail bed. Fortunately, there's a pretty simple way to repair your nail - it just takes a few tricks. Since our enamel can't heal itself, your best bet is to keep the split nail from snagging while it grows out. If you don't want to walk around with a bandage, try doing this to keep the broken nail as intact as possible. What You'll Need: Clear nail polish Nail clippers Nail file Scissors One tea bag emptied of the tea or a coffee filter Colored nail polish (optional) Once you've gathered all your tools, keep reading ahead for a handy, step-by-step guide to ensuring your broken nail won't see any more damage. - Additional reporting by Allison Ingrum Related: I Stopped Paying For Manicures After I Learned How to Use These Simple Nail Tools
Winter may be classified as cozy sweater, hot toddy, and holiday season, but the downside is it's also dry skin season. While the skin all over our bodies may be more parched than usual, certain areas are especially prone to be dryness, and the hands are one of them. Throw increased hand-washing in the mix as a protective measure during a global pandemic, and your hands might be drier now than ever before."Your hands are one of the most at-risk parts of your body for developing dryness and irritation because of constant exposure to environmental aggressors," Joshua Zeichner, MD, of Zeichner Dermatology, says. "Factors like hand-washing, weather, household cleaning, and even friction from weightlifting can disrupt the skin barrier." Dr. Zeichner says that those factors may create microscopic cracks in your skin's outer layer, making hydration disappear. "This translates to dry, itchy, cracked hands," he explains. Hadley King, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, says that increased use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer has resulted in a spike in hand dermatitis. However, she stresses that even if you're dealing with dry skin, you shouldn't stop thoroughly cleansing your hands. "Don't stop washing and sanitizing," she says. "After you've sanitized or washed, and your hands have dried, apply a moisturizer to replenish your skin."A good moisturizer with the right ingredients can make all the difference in how your hands feel this winter. Ahead, we asked the experts everything to look for in an effective hand cream that gets the job done.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder BalmOne of the easiest ways to ensure your hands don't feel dry and ashy is to invest in a formula packed with nourishing oils. This balm has chia, apricot, and vitamin E oil to penetrate deep into your outer layer of skin as well as beeswax, which Dr. King says helps keep moisture in your skin. "It's an occlusive, which forms a layer on the skin and physically blocks water loss," she explains.Maya Chia Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm, $, available at Maya ChiaElta MD So Silky Hand CrèmeDr. King also swears by this Elta MD tube, which has ceramides, emollients, and vitamin E, a juicy trifecta that the ashiest hands will drink up. "It also has sclareolide, a plant-derived ingredient that helps to lighten dark spots," she adds.Elta MD EltaMD So Silky Hand Crème, $, available at DermStoreDove Beauty CreamThis classic moisturizing formula won't leave your hands greasy or sticky. Instead, its buttery formula will seep right into your skin, leaving your hands feeling naturally soft and supple.Dove Dove Nourishing Body Care Beauty Cream, $, available at AmazonCeraVe Therapeutic Hand CreamDr. King approves of this formula for people with sensitive skin. "It's fragrance-free and fast-absorbing making it suitable for sensitive skin," she explains. "It has hyaluronic acid and ceramides to create a protective barrier to lock hydration into the skin."CeraVe CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream, $, available at TargetAvène Cold Cream Concentrated Hand CreamGlycerin is the star of this moisturizer, making it a staple for reviving dry, rough skin. "Glycerin attracts and binds water, which makes it a key component to an effective moisturizer," Dr. King told us. The formula also has thermal spring water and beeswax to help repair cracked skin gradually over time.Avène Avène Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream, $, available at DermStoreNeutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand CreamDr. Zeichner says to reach for this Neutrogena tube, which has a super thick consistency to nourish your fingers and cuticles. "It contains 40% of glycerin which pulls in hydration to soften the hands," he explains. Neutrogena Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, $, available at UltaAveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Hand CreamNot only will this Aveeno cream leave your skin hydrated, but it also has colloidal oatmeal, which helps soothe irritation — a major plus if you have dermatitis or eczema. Aveeno Aveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Hand Cream, $, available at WalmartLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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