Winter is here and it’s certainly cold outside. We all know how winter affects the skin, dry, chapped lips and hands, but did you know that it also affects your hair, too?
So let’s talk about how to defend your strands against the cold air, whipping winds, static electricity and even the indoor heating and bring back that shine!
Fight the static
Feel like the wind is causing your hair to get more static, that you’re getting more flyaways than normal? Yes! You can help fight the static by wearing a silk / satin hat, you could also use a light leave in treatment to smooth the hairs… some even use dryer sheets to tame that static.
Get regular trims
Do we even need to say this anymore? Getting regular hair cuts is a great way to keep your hair looking fresh and reduces the chances of you developing dry, split ends.
Wear a hat
The cold, dry air will rob your hair of moisture so protect your hair with a hat. Wool and cotton can cause breakage so look for satin or silk lined hats to help prevent damage.
Dry oils used before putting on a hat can also help fight static electricity and keep moisture in.
Invest in a humidifier
As much as your skin gets dry from the cold, so does your hair! Central heating can also really dry out your strands, so your hair might start begging for moisture. Humidifiers help rehydrate the skin and your hair too, introducing moisture back to your strands very gently.
Keep the temperature down in the shower
You may be dying for a hot, steamy shower right now, but this could zap moisture from your hair and make it brittle and vulnerable to breaking. Wash with lukewarm water and if you can stand it, follow with a cool rinse.
Use an oil treatment
Restore moisture with an oil based hair treatment to revitalised your dry, damaged hair. Apply to the ends daily to help replenish moisture and protect your hair. “The best time to add oil to the hair is after you’ve washed it or after applying a hydrating moisturiser, because the oil will act as a sealant, locking in that moisture for longer.” (Aaron Wallace founder of byaaronwallace.com)
You can also use oils a pre-wash treatment to protect your hair and help lock in moisture.
You could wash your hair less often
The cooler months may mean your hair gets less greasy, so you could wash your hair less often. Over washing your hair can lead to dryness, so if you can stretch out that washday, you could be doing your hair a favour. “In fact, if you have curly or coarse hair, you will want to keep to washing 2 times a week at most to avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils” (Aaron Wallace founder of byaaronwallace.com)
Don’t forget to deep condition
Moisture products will become your best friend this winter. Use weekly deep conditioning treatments to combat the effects of the cold winds, indoor heating and more. By keeping your hair moisturised, this will give it their best shield and protection against outside elements.
Keep your hair protected
Sometimes, it’s just not worth trying to have your hair down when it’s windy and rainy out there! It doesn’t look great and you could be doing more harm than good. “If you want to protect your hair from the elements, don’t wear it loose during the winter. The heating systems inside will dry your hair, then when you go outside, poof, frizz. Winter can take a toll on your strands. Instead, alternate between braids and buns this winter,” says Ghanima Abdullah hair expert and cosmetologist at therighthairstyles.com.
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