Let’s talk about how to keep hair healthy in winter!
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are just around the corner, and that means fun times with the family, cooking delicious food and relaxing by the fireplace.
Amidst all the activities, it’s easy to forget that you need to give your hair a little bit of extra TLC during these cold winter months.
The cold weather can wreak havoc on your hair if you let it, but with this post, you can learn how to keep your locks healthy and happy through the entire season. Here are five much-needed tips to keep your hair healthy this winter!
1. Sun Protection
I know you are probably thinking to yourself, “wait, I thought this was an article about winter hair care.” It is.
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean your hair won’t be exposed to the sun. Thousands of people will be out hitting the slopes each day, with their hair fully exposed to the sun (and other elements of nature).
In fact, the UV rays reflecting off the snow can create extra sun damage.
Olympic Snowboard Gold Medalist, Jamie Anderson, recommends deep-conditioning your hair often, along with using hair products that will help repair hair damage if you plan on being out often.
Also, SPF hair products do exist, and they will protect your hair from damaging UV rays. Your best bet is to find a product with both sun protection and moisturizing properties.
Remember: when in doubt, this is an excellent time of year to cover your hair up with a hat.
2. Hot Shower Protection
I don’t know about you, but I love me some hot showers in the winter. It’s just so easy to keep turning the knob further and further towards the hot water.
However, you have to remember that hot water can cause a lot of damage to your hair (and skin).
First off, hot water will strip your hair’s natural oils, which can cause your hair to become dull and frizzy. Also, the heat opens up the cuticle on the hair shaft, which can eventually cause your hair to become overly porous. If this happens, your hair may become extremely dry and brittle.
I have known people that will take the rest of their shower in hot water, but when it’s time to wash their hair, they turn the temperature way down. You can also try taking a shower in warm water, rather than hot.
Either way, just remember that your hair will thank you.
3. Don’t Wash Every Day
I know we all hear this often, but that’s because it is good advice.
When you wash your hair, you are stripping your scalp of its natural oils and drying it out. It’s not horrible to wash your hair and believe me, there are worse things you can do to it.. but why do it every day if you don’t have to?
Plus, hair washing tends to be followed by a blow-dry session, which will cause more damage.
Each time I don’t wash my hair, I don’t have to restyle it. There are a ton of popular hairstyles right now involving buns and different types of braids, that will allow you to wear your hair up the next day without looking compromised.
Another option that I like to use is dry shampoo, which will refresh your hair without having to rewash it. You only really need to use dry shampoo towards the roots, as this is where your hair accumulates the most oils.
A third option is to just use conditioner while you are in the shower, without shampooing your hair. Unless your hair is very prone to being weighed down, this will probably be a good option to help repair your hair at the same time as protecting it, leaving you with healthy winter hair.
4. Use Hydrating Shampoo / Conditioner
As I have mentioned previously, it is easy for your hair to lose moisture in the cold weather. So here’s a thought: why not put moisture back in.
It’s easy to do by using products that say “hydrating” or “moisturizing” on them. Hydrating shampoos work by utilizing humectants that attract water molecules and promote moisture retention.
They help put moisture back into your hair and prevent further moisture loss. This tip will also help with static that can leave you with dry and brittle hair.
5. Don’t Go Outside with Wet Hair
Not only can you catch some serious bugs from going out with wet hair (or is this a hair myth?), but when the cold air touches your wet hair, it can cause breakage.
If you think about it, freezing temperatures can cause your hair to become an icicle, which may snap right off.
I recommend washing your hair at night and either blow-drying it or letting it air dry. Like I mentioned earlier, dry shampoo can work miracles if your hair needs to be refreshed in the morning.
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Did you learn any new tips on how to keep hair healthy in winter? Do you have any other tips to keep your hair healthy throughout the cold winter months? I’d love to hear them in the comments section below…