Winter weather… don’t we all dread it? The freezing dry air, the static electricity, the lashing winds, the drastic indoor temperature change… they all take a toll on your hair. With moisture-rubbing dry air, our locks are sure to need an extra dose of TLC. If you want to style gorgeous and healthy hair when the springtime arrives, follow these easy winter hair care hacks on how to take care of your hair during the winter –we promise you’ll see the difference:
1. Protect it with your favorite headpiece.
It might seem obvious but shielding your hair from the snow, wind, and rain is a definite game changer. Just beware that some materials, like wool, may also cause breakage. Opt for a silk or satin piece to help prevent more breakage.. Pro tip: Use a dry oil spray to avoid unwanted static electricity and give your hair some nice shine!
2. Get regular trims.
Yes, this is good for ANY time of the year, but especially during the winter. As your hair loses its natural moisture, it’s more prone to breakage, hence maintaining good hair health is a must. Cutting just a half inch off the bottom every 1-2 months will drastically decrease your chance of developing dry, split ends.
3. Go for lukewarm showers.
We know, a steamy shower sounds great right now. But hot water can really rob your hair from its natural moisture, hence making it more easy to break. Switching to lukewarm water and a cool rinse will keep your hair’s strength for longer.
4. Let your hair dry naturally. And indoors.
Heat styling will suck the moisture right out of your strands in no time. Avoid unnecessary heating by letting your hair dry naturally. If you are short on time, opt for washing your hair at night so it can dry overnight. Walking outside with a wet head during the winter may cause your hair to freeze… and brittle.
5. Wash your hair less.
Winter or not, over-washing your hair can bare it from its natural protection: its oils. But this is even worse during the winter, when those oils are much needed. Try extending the time between your washes and choosing a deep cleansing shampoo that’s soft on your hair and doesn’t strip it from its natural oils.
6. Add extra moisture to your hair.
You can use a leave-in conditioner weekly to replenish the lost moisture and fight the effects of indoor heating and cold winter winds.
7. Explore new hairstyles… and enhancers!
If you usually wear your hair down and freely, winter might be a good time to explore new hairdos that can actually protect your locks. You can try braids, twists and buns, and use a hair enhancer to cover up any unwanted bald or thinning spots that may show up when styling.
Taking care of your hair is an all-year long duty.
But in winter, it’s especially necessary. Sure the cold weather can be cozy if you’re sitting near a fire with hot cocoa and wrapped in a blankie. But your hair will need the extra tender love!
The dry air can really make your scalp dry and flaky and turn your hair rough and breakage-prone. Just the way we protect our bodies from the cold with cozy sweaters and scarves, our hair also needs protection.
Use these tips on how to take care of your hair during the winter and keep your hair strong and hydrated. Not only will your hair look flawless, but you’ll enjoy your healthy locks for much longer!