How to Save Your Skin and Hair from the NYC Winter

Welcome to 2019! We made it through the bustle and cheer of the holidays…and now real winter settles in. While there’s still plenty of fun going on in the city and in the salon, we’re not going to front: It’s grey and it’s cold, and it’s going to stay that way for a while.

While you’re counting down the days until April and finding coping mechanisms for the endless chill, be aware of the toll this season takes on your skin and hair, and to prevent the damage that the combination of icy cold and forced heat can cause.


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Walking around in the freezing weather, then ducking into the hot subway and overly-heated buildings, can wreak havoc on skin and hair. Both these extremes rob moisture and cause stress and damage. These winter months are when you need a little extra care, whether it’s coming in for a special replenishing treatment, putting extra moisture in your daily regimen, or boosting your standing appointment with a healing mini-service. Here are three ways you can keep your skin, hair (& psyche) at its best during the coldest months of the year.

Treat Yourself, Botanically

The Aveda Botanical Treatment starts with a stress-relieving head and scalp massage and just gets better from there. We’ll help you figure out which treatment best suits your needs, from moisturizing to hair repair, to scalp therapy, and then we apply Aveda’s award-winning, naturally-derived products and let you relax into the aroma-therapeutic experience while your strands soak up the goodness. This level of treatment leaves your hair and scalp transformed for up to six weeks, and can improve the condition of hair up to 86%.

If your hair is in winter-crisis mode, this treatment can bring you from scarecrow to silky in one visit.


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Sneak In a Service

At some point in the next few weeks, you’re probably coming in for a trim or to get your color touched-up. In about 20 minutes, we can turn damage and dryness around with a mini botanical treatment. Customized for each individual, this express therapy is an add-on to any regular service that adds a huge amount of strength and shine. You can get it à la carte or purchase a series of four at a discount to last all through winter.

If you can steal a few extra minutes for yourself, now’s the time to head to our Morningside Heights location to give your skin the mid-winter reset it really needs: A customized Aveda facial designed to rejuvenate and amp up your glow. Our estheticians craft their facials and treatments around the specific needs of your skin, and will work with you to figure out the best treatment plan for your skin, your budget and your timeframe. Whether you have 30, 60 or 90 minutes to spare, we can make it more than worthwhile for your face.

Pump Up Your Beauty Routine

You change up your wardrobe for winter so you can handle the elements; why wouldn’t you change up your skin and hair care? It’s as simple as swapping in some extra moisture and damage prevention.

Love your normal morning skin care regimen, but need a little extra? Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Treatment Lotion is a liquid lotion that adds an extra layer of moisture and enhances the skin products you’re already using. Dab a few drops into your skin with your fingertips before using your normal moisturizer or serum.

It’s a simple way to stick with the Aveda products you love while adding the hydration you need during the coldest months.

As far as your tresses are concerned, we love the Cherry Almond line for winter. It is 99% naturally derived and silicone-free. The shampoo nourishes and softens hair while cleansing, and the conditioner provides instant detangling and deep conditions to restore softness and shine. Plus, you can’t beat the scent, with its blend of tonka bean, ylang ylang, and orange.


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For a weekly dose of extra care, try an intensive treatment masque. Go for Dry Remedy if your hair feels like it needs a big drink, Damage Remedy for hair that is feeling weak and/or overprocessed, or Smooth Infusion to soften hair and seal out humidity while preventing those crazy winter flyaways.

We want to help you find some balance in this season of extremes and keep your hair and skin in the best condition it can be. While you’re at it, share the love with your besties and give them $20 toward their first service with us…while earning yourself a $25 gift for being such a good friend. (Ask your stylist for some referral cards today to start earning your free gifts and making your friends happy.)

Book your appointment for a hair treatment at any of our gorgeous Brooklyn or Manhattan salon locations, or call our Morningside Heights salon to schedule your next facial. And although we’d love to see your faces, you can now shop for your favorite Aveda products online and get free samples and free shipping over $50.

We want to prove to you that winter can be beautiful. We’ll see you in the salon!