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MY big­gest com­plaint each win­ter — aside from hav­ing to wear the win­ter uni­form of my parka and Sorels each and ev­ery day — is how dry my skin gets.

I take so much time and ef­fort to ad­dress this that it’s easy to for­get my hair goes through the same harsh ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments, and like my skin, it de­serves a lit­tle TLC.

“The big­gest com­plaints about hair dur­ing the win­ter is how much static, un­man­age­able and dry it is,” ex­plains beauty ex­pert Melody Iafe­lice.

“When hair is dry, it be­comes weak and brit­tle, (yet) we still con­tinue to heat­style it. That once dry, brit­tle hair is now likely to suf­fer from break­age, a much more com­mon ail­ment dur­ing the win­ter.”

For the past 22 years, Iafe­lice has of­fered her tips and tricks for stay­ing gor­geous in Canada’s un­for­giv­ing win­ters to Cana­dian celebri­ties and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing fash­ion icon Jeanne Beker.

Iafe­lice says pro­tect­ing hair at this time of year can be a chal­lenge, but she of­fers one bit of ad­vice to pre­vent hair from tak­ing on that dull, dry and brit­tle look.

“Use a reg­u­lar light­weight, leave-in conditioner on the days you wash your hair and re­place your reg­u­lar in-shower conditioner with a deep mois­tur­iz­ing hair mask once a week,” says Iafe­lice, adding any brand of conditioner will do the trick, whether it’s sa­lon or drug­store qual­ity.

That raises an­other press­ing ques­tion


Beauty ex­pert Melody Iafe­lice.

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