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Hints to Beat Dry Winter Skin and Frizzy Winter Hair!

A few do it yourself tips for eliminating dry, itchy Winter skin and dull, frizzy Winter hair!

So I hope everyone bears with me, as I have never blogged before! I've lived in Bethel my entire life, and now own a small business, EClips on 6 Hair Studio, on Stony Hill Road. I'm elated to be able to contribute to our small business market and the close knit community that Bethel embodies.

That  being said, my obvious area of expertise is hair and makeup. I am hoping that my blog can give help, hope, and time saving shortcuts to those of you that sacrifice your blow dry and style every morning to make your children breakfast; or to those of you that just can't quite figure out how to perfect that smoky eye makeup without looking like you've just left the boxing ring; and even to those of you that are just feeling 'blah' and are not sure how to break out of your funk...

I'm ready to answer any questions and dilemmas you may have, so let's embark on this journey of looking and feeling great together! We'll start with the dreaded hair and skin dry out of this long and cold season!

Freezing temps and chilly wind really beat up your hair and skin, as do boiling hot showers and revving the heat up indoors.  There are a million conditioning treatments offered at salons, and they are definitely worth the money, but not everyone has the time!

Use your daily conditioner to your benefit when you're in a jam. Wash your hair as you usually do, gently wring out excess water, and slather that conditioner on your hair, concentrating on the ends especially. Pop a shower cap on your head (or even repurpose a Target bag!), and use your blow dryer to blast some heat onto your bagged head. Don't go crazy and burn yourself, but be sure to warm it up good. Heat opens the cuticle of your hair, thus making it easier for your hair to absorb the conditioner's moisture, and the bag helps to trap the heat in longer. Go ahead and do your housework for a while (leaving it on for a long time won't hurt anything) and rinse out with cool water. (Rinsing with cool water helps to close the cuticle of your hair, locking in the moisture that you just added, and adding shine.) Instant soft and luscious hair! You can do this once a week, or more if you're in need of extra pampering!

Although a boiling hot shower is one of my favorite things, that hot water dries my skin out drastically. It is important to lather up with lotion or oil immediately after that hot shower to restore moisture and nourish your skin. I have been recently using Avon Skin So Soft Dual Softening Body Oil, which is a spray pump. It's much faster than taking the extra few minutes after the shower to lotion up, just spray all over yourself and get dressed! I was a little unsure about using oil, as you can feel greasy afterwards, but the spray is super lightweight and doesn't leave a residue behind. No more itchy, dry skin. Dry hands and feet? Lotion up those tootsies and digits before bed, put a pair of cotton socks on your feet, and some cotton gloves on your hands. Wake up to hands and feet as soft as a 'baby's you know what'! 

Thanks for reading my first ever blog! I hope I can help you all to feel revitalized, vivacious, and self-assured through the upcoming long, and sometimes, daunting Connecticut winter we know all too well!

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Lynn Marshall November 13, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Great job on your first blog, Erin! I look forward to reading more.
Erin Lionetti November 19, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Thanks so much! More to come soon! :)
Jaimie Cura (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Looking forward to it, Erin - I'm staring at my dry hands typing as we 'speak!'

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