The dry, cold months of winter can wreak havoc on your hair. And let’s be honest, guys aren’t always well-equipped to keep their hair protected. So, to help you fend off the cold-weather assault on your scalp, we’ve put together this sample routine to keep your hair healthy all winter long.
Take it easy on the hot water
Start your day off with a nice relaxing shower at a reasonable temperature. While it may be tempting to turn up the heat in the shower on a cold winter’s morning, hot water can rob your hair and scalp of essential oils and lead to dryness. Opt for a lukewarm shower instead to keep your locks healthy this winter.
Use the right shampoo and conditioner
After you get the water temperature just right, make sure to use shampoo and conditioner that will add moisture and help give your hair a sleek shine. We recommend our Refresh Shampoo for guys with shorter hair who are prone to dealing with dry, irritated scalps. Simply massage the shampoo into your scalp, rinse thoroughly and let the shampoo moisturize your scalp and keep dandruff at bay.
Cut back on washing your hair
While we’re on the subject, you should also cut back on the number of times a week you’re washing your hair, especially in the winter. During the colder months, stick to shampooing just two or three times a week to prevent your hair from drying out.
Go beyond shampooing
If you don’t already, you should add oiling your hair into your morning routine on the days you shampoo it. This is a good tip for year-round hair care, but it’s especially important during colder months when your scalp is more prone to dryness. The best time to treat your hair with oil is before your shower. Simply massage some olive or coconut oil into your scalp, let it sit for about 20 minutes, then rinse it out with shampoo in the shower.
Dry your hair the right way
OK, so you’ve oiled, shampooed and conditioned your hair. Now, you’re ready to hop out of the shower and dry off. Like most guys, you probably grab for a towel and start vigorously rubbing your head like you’re trying to scrub the gunk off the side of an oven, right? Well, stop it. Your hair is most vulnerable to damage when it’s wet. Aggressive drying can cause damage to the hair follicles and lead to frizziness and split ends. From now on when drying your hair, use your hands to shake water from your hair in the direction it naturally grows, let it air dry for a bit and gently rub your hair with a towel.
Wait to style your hair
Given how susceptible your hair is to damage when it’s wet, it’s also important to be careful when styling it. Avoid combing or brushing your hair while it’s wet. Instead, wait for the follicles to fully dry before reaching for your comb or brush.
Use quality hair products
Cheap styling products loaded with chemicals can weaken your hair and dry out your scalp. Make sure you’re using quality products that will not only hold your style throughout the day but also keep your hair healthy for years to come. We recommend our Hard Wax – its beeswax formula provides a natural hold for a variety of hair lengths while adding texture and definition.
Between holiday party tables overflowing with delicious treats, teeth-chattering weather conditions that make it tough to go outside and a busier-than-normal social schedule, it can be tough to stay healthy during the winter – especially around the holidays. Overall health, however, is an essential ingredient of keeping your hair looking healthy. Make sure to eat right, exercise, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep this winter; your hair will thank you for it.
Say no to tight hats
We know, we know – winter months are prime time for wearing hats. This year as you try to keep your head warm, opt for looser fitting stocking caps that won’t tug your hair from your scalp. Tight-fitting hats can lead to traction alopecia which is when hair is literally pulled out from the scalp. If you wear tight hats long enough, the damage to your hair can even become permanent.
Keep it trim
There’s nothing wrong with letting your hair grow out a little longer during winter for some extra coverage from biting winds, but make sure you’re still getting it trimmed regularly. The sections at the ends of your hair are typically going to be the most damaged. Regular trims will remove damaged hair and mitigate split ends. Every six weeks or so, just head to your nearby Fantastic Sams and let your stylists know you’re only looking to trim off the damaged hair.
Need more advice on keeping your hair healthy all winter? Just head to Fantastic Sams, and one of our talented stylists will help you out.
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