Snow, wind, rain, blistering cold–much like our skin, the ravages of winter can do some serious damage to our hair. As the temperatures drop outdoors, we crank up the heat indoors which also lead to dryness and brittleness.
Don’t leave your hair to hibernate for the next three months, give it some extra TLC. Here are a few tips to help protect your locks and keep them smooth and healthy during the winter months: Avoid Chemicals: Avoid using products that contain alcohol or directly spraying perfume into your hair. Keep hair hydrated by selecting products that are more natural. If your hair is bleached out, go back to your natural hair color and give color treatments a rest (dark hair is popular in the winter anyway).
Cover It Up: Wear a hat or scarf when being out in the cold. With millions to choose from, winter is a good time to experiment with different looks and get festive while protecting your hair at the same time. Go for a hat with a satin lining — cotton ones can rough up your hair and wool creates static. H&M tends to always have the latest hat styles and are fairly inexpensive.
Deep Condition Once a Week: Deep conditioning your hair during winter months is very essential. It gives your locks a moisture surge to prevent brittleness. They can be done at the salon, but I always go the thrifty route and spend a little extra time in the shower to do them myself. Garnier Fructis Triple Dryness Reversal Treatment contains all the natural goodies for your hair: avocado, olive oil, and shea butter. If you have thick, curly, or extremely damaged hair, try Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment.
Seal Your Cuticles: Dry hair causes your cuticles to lift up, making it look dull and damaged. Finish off your showers with a cold water rinse. When blow-drying your hair, blast it with some cool air to help keep your cuticles smooth.
Use a Serum: Serums smooth your hair and can also create a protective layer against harsh cold weather or indoor heat. This is one I think is worth investing a little more in. Use it when your hair is wet before you blow-dry to make your hair shiny, or dab it on when it’s dry to keep flyaways down. A great one to try is CHI Silk Infusion. It’s alcohol-free and contains wheat and soy proteins.
Always Use a Heat Protector: Never use heat on your hair without applying a heat protector prior to doing so. This should actually be done at all times, not just during the winter. Some great, affordable ones to try are Dove Heat Defense Therapy and TRESemme also has a few different products in their heat styling line.
Don’t Forget Your Scalp!: Most people forget about their scalp, but during the winter it’s important to keep your scalp moisturized. The causes of dry hair and scalp are often interrelated. Nioxin offers products that help treat various types of scalp conditions.
Follow these tips so you can unveil healthy hair for the spring season. Are there any other hair care tips that you recommend for the winter? Share it with us below.