Don’t freeze out your hair
You may think the heat of the summer sun or the chlorine from taking a dip in the pool are the only seasonal hazards for your hair. The truth is, the bitter cold can be just as cruel to your locks if you don’t take care of them with a little extra maintenance and prevention. Exposure to the frigid temperatures outside and the dry, artificial heat at home can cause serious hair issues. There are some simple—and surprising—ways to protect your tresses from cold weather damage.
Put a hat on it
Yes, you may want to avoid staticky hat hair, but the winter elements can cause havoc if you leave your head unprotected. Snow, wind and rain can not only ruin your style but dry out your strands, leaving them even more prone to breakage.
A hat lined with silk can help minimize damage to your hair, and if you’re afraid of flyaways, tuck a dryer sheet inside or use some dry oil spray before you slip it on. Your protected hair on your warm head will thank you.
Skip the shampoo
We all know that it’s much healthier to not wash your hair everyday, but that is especially true in the winter months. Your hair and scalp tend to be dryer in the cooler months, and washing too much can strip the natural oils and make it worse. From annoying flyaways to breakage, the best defense is to only wash your hair two to three times per week. Dry shampoo can absorb the excess oil at your roots and as a bonus give your style lots of extra body. Ask your stylist what type of dry shampoo is best for your hair type, and which other fantastic products can help your hair thrive in cooler temperatures.
Deep condition for deep moisture
The best defense to hair dryness and breakage is to moisturize from within. Deep conditioning each week gives your thirsty locks what they’ve been craving due to the cooler temperatures and the frequent assault from your blow dryer and heat styling tools. Hair oils can also keep the hair shaft smooth and shiny in between treatments. Keeping your hair moisturized will protect against both annoying flyaways and split ends.
Don’t leave your stylist out in the cold
In any season, the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to get regular trims. Chopping off the split ends on a regular basis is the key to the longevity of any style, regardless if your locks are basking in the sun or piled into a wool hat. Eliminating existing breakage improves the texture of your hair and makes it stronger against the elements, whatever they may be.
Winter is a time for cozy TLC
For the same reasons you crave a hot chocolate or a steaming bowl of soup, your hair needs the same comfort and care. Ask your stylist about which styling and conditioning products to use or ask them to suggest a cut for you that would be easy to maintain in the winter months if you have to skip a visit due to bad weather or a frigid cold snap. The weather outside may be frightful, but your hair doesn’t have to be.
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