‘Tis the season to start switching up a lot of things in your life — swapping in a colder weather wardrobe, updating your skincare to be more moisturizing and protective, and maybe even sprucing up your home decor. But there’s another routine that needs adjusting once the temperatures start dropping: your hair care regimen.
Cold weather generally has the same effect on your hair as it does your skin. The colder air draws out moisture, often leading to increased dryness and irritation, which then usually ends in breakage and damage. But the negative effects don’t stop once you’re cuddled up in front of the fireplace: the constant fluctuation of moving between the cold outdoors and dry indoor heat can lead to further dryness and damage.
Instead of showing up in the spring looking to undo an entire season’s worth of damage, we’re discussing the easiest ways to make sure your hair is healthy, healed, and protected all winter long.
Tips to keep your hair healthy all winter
Consider these winter hair care tips as essential as your coat and gloves, and turn to them for guidance once the air starts getting chillier.
Change your basic hair care routine
The most important part of a winter hair care routine = moisture. When choosing the right healthy hair products for your hair type, look for ones that can bring a welcome boost of moisture and hydration to your strands. A light hydrating shampoo is a smart way to keep your hair moisturized from the scalp, especially when paired with a nourishing conditioner. If you’re noticing flaking or redness from other products, try a shampoo for sensitive scalps instead. And if your hair is excessively dry or damaged, you can try damaged hair products as a way to target your treatment. Healthy hair has the perfect amount of moisture and hydration, so you might need to experiment with a few different products to find the perfect fit.
Get protective headwear
The best way to protect your head and hair from the elements? Keep it snuggly and secure under a hat! Try to find one that has a smooth, satin, or silk inner lining: this will allow your hair to glide against the surface, reducing friction and the potential for breakage and damage.
Don’t go out with wet hair
Regardless of your upbringing, you’ve probably heard someone reprimand you for going into the cold with wet hair at some point in your childhood. This old adage goes beyond the potential to catch a cold: when your hair is wet, it’s in a more delicate state. Since water expands when it freezes, going outside with damp strands means that water within your hair shaft can expand, lifting the cuticle and making it more susceptible to damage. So to avoid both the potential for the common cold and split ends, remember to never go outside until your hair is dry. And if this means blow-drying your hair, always use a heat shield for hair before starting the styling process.
Use a humidifier
An easy way to combat dry indoor air is to get a humidifier — this can help you keep a more balanced environment to make sure your hair stays as healthy as possible.
Try weekly hair treatments
Since your hair needs additional moisture in the winter, you’ll probably want to add in a weekly deep conditioner or hair repair mask into your routine. How often you should deep condition depends on a lot of factors, like your hair texture and density, but start with once a week and adjust as necessary.
…Or an overnight hair treatment
Sometimes hair needs an additional boost of moisture and protection — that’s when you should turn to an overnight anti-breakage hair mask or anti-frizz oil to lock in moisture and shine before you go to bed. Whichever overnight treatment you choose, just make sure your hair is protected to stop the pillow from absorbing too much product, and use a shower cap if you’re applying a lot of hair mask or oil.
Get advice from a professional
If you’re still lost as to which winter hair care products to try, it never hurts to ask the pros! Consult with your stylist to see if they can recommend specific shampoos, conditioners, and even styling regimens to protect your hair and fit your needs.
Get frequent trims
Healthy hair needs regular maintenance to thrive, so don’t forget to schedule a trim at least 3-4 times a year.
Try a darker color
There’s a reason you’ll often see darker hair shades start to appear once the leaves turn: since your hair is already facing dryness and damage from the environment, you should consider skipping out on bleach and lightening treatments that can make these issues worse. Work with your stylist to try a darker shade or lowlights — anything to lessen the need for you to expose your hair to chemical treatments.
With cold weather now here, we hope you feel prepared to upgrade your hair care products and daily routine to keep your hair healthy and protected.
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