With winter fast approaching it may be time to take a look at your hair care routine to make sure your hair not only survives but thrives during these colder months.
Why? Because the cold can make your scalp dry and flaky and your hair rough and brittle. But don’t worry; with a little TLC you can fight back and protect your hair against the harsh elements fast approaching.
Read on to find out how to best protect your hair this winter.
Cover your hair
It’s important to cover your hair during the colder months to shield it against the harsh elements which dry your hair out, making it more prone to breakage. You can do this by adding a cute hat or scarf to your look.
But bear in mind that wool, cotton, and other fabrics can cause breakage as well, so make sure to line your hat with silk or satin to help prevent any damage.
Get regular trims
Trimming your hair every four to eight weeks is a good way to maintain hair health and keep your locks looking fresh. Take about a half inch off the bottom to reduce the chances of developing dry, split ends.
Lower the water temperature when you shower
Even though a steamy shower might be just what you’re looking for when the temperature is freezing, hot water can zap the moisture from your hair making it brittle and more vulnerable to breaking. Wash your hair with lukewarm water and follow with a cool rinse instead.
Avoid heat styling
Especially during the winter months when your hair is already delicate. Heat styling only amplifies the issue by sucking out the moisture in your strands.
Refrain from straightening or curling your hair during the winter. Use this time to explore new styles like twists, braids, and buns.
Don’t leave the house with wet hair
Wet hair is more vulnerable to damage than dry hair is. Walking outside in winter with a wet head can cause hair to freeze and break. While air drying is best, it’s better to blow dry your hair than go outdoors with a saturated mane.
Use an oil treatment
When winter wreaks havoc on your hair, restore moisture with an oil-based hair treatment. Choose a lightweight leave-in formula with argan oil to instantly revitalise dry, damaged hair. Apply nourishing hair oil to the ends of your hair daily to help replenish moisture and protect your hair.
Deep condition once a week
Moisturising is the name of the game for winter hair care. Use a leave-in conditioner weekly to replenish moisture and combat the effects of hot styling tools, indoor heating, and cold winter winds.
Static hair is a common occurrence when your hair is subject to cold weather. Keeping your hair hydrated with a leave-in conditioner will help protect it and keep the static at bay.
Avoid frequent hair washes
If you’re someone who washes their hair every day, it’s time to switch things up. Over-washing your hair will strip it of natural oils that help to keep hair moisturised and protected. This is especially bad in the winter when those oils are much needed.
Try extending the time between your washes as much as possible. If you typically wash your hair every day then switch to every other day. If you find your hair is still dry, try every three days. Another way to help extend the time between washes is to use dry shampoo. A dry shampoo will keep your hair smelling and looking fresh.
Dry hair in winter hair tends to tangle like crazy. So it’s of vital importance to comb your hair either using a wide-tooth comb or a wet and dry brush. Start from the middle of your hair length and gently work it downwards in order to reduce the strain on your scalp and minimise breakage.
Get a humidifier
The sudden transition in temperatures can zap moisture from your hair during winter. A room heater will provide warmth when the temperature drops, but it also dries the air; which damages your hair. Humidifiers help balance the moisture levels inside the room to prevent dryness.