Grabbing a few minutes for yourself during the holiday season can feel…well, completely impossible. And if there's one time of year when your hair needs a little extra pampering, it's that stretch of November and December that's filled with special gatherings and Zoom events. That's when many of us start craving updos, soft curling-iron-created waves, and other hairstyles that somehow feel just a little more done up—but also cause wear and tear on strands.
To help, we're zeroing in on the easiest, fastest ways you can nurture yourself—and your hair—throughout the season. Here, a few little strategies, switches, and moves that will keep your hair strong and gorgeous through the New Year.
1. Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
We're big supporters of scalp massages both as a moment of relaxation and a hair-stimulating exercise. Here's how to do it: In the shower, gently press your fingers in circular motions into your head, starting on either side of the crown. Then move up and down to reach your whole scalp. It's a pretty simple practice, but if you need a little more instruction, check out our guide to doing it like a pro. One tip: An oil like our CBD Calming Supreme Oil or Shea Butter Intense Oil will take the experience to another level.
2. Try an Overnight Treatment
Sure, a mask in the shower will help hide some of your hair sins, but when you've been over-styling, it's time to take things up a notch. Leaving a nourishing treatment like our Shea Butter Intense Mask in overnight will help. Just saturate your strands and tie your hair up (to keep it out of your face), then turn in for the night. In the morning, you can rinse it out and style as usual—but with much, much softer hair.
3. Consider a (Hair) Cleanse
Stylers can add up as the weeks go by, adding residue to your hair as you party the season away. That's when a good cleanse comes in, by way of our Apple Cider Detox collection. Our three-step clarifying treatment helps remove product and pollution build-up while sealing in nourishment so you can have a clean start anytime, even in the middle of your busiest time of year.
4. Style Without Heat
Firing up the curling iron for every special occasion can be tempting, but you might want to rethink that strategy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), heat-styling can weaken the hair by drying and causing wear and tear on your cuticles. So embracing your natural texture whenever possible can have a positive impact on your hair for the holidays and beyond.
If you insist on reach for the tools (and you know some of you will), consider using the lowest heat setting on your blow-dryer. When it comes to tools, look for those made of ceramic material kept at or below 360 degrees. And always apply a heat protectant styler like our Brilliant Gloss Multi-Tasker Perfecting Crème.
5. Switch to a Clean Hair Care Routine
You shouldn't have to choose between hair care products that work and ones that are gentle on your body and the environment. Looking for clean haircare is one way to get help. They're free of harsh ingredients like sulfates, which can strip the hair of its natural oils and leave it feeling dry and brittles. That's why we design our products to be free not only of those undesirables but others like parabens. We also use alternatives to heavy silicones like Organic Olive Oil to keep your hair bouncy and flowing.
And for the animal lovers: We're also cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny-certified. So you can be sure your hair is kind to your four-legged friends, too.