The hot and humid days are over and the temperature is starting to drop. As the environment becomes more cold, it is important to incorporate some changes into your hair care routine as well. Hair, like the skin, reacts to the different changes in the environment. Thus, you need to make some alterations to your daily hair care regimen to ensure that it is ready to defend against the harsh winter elements.
Protection and Preservation
According to the old cliché, preservation is better than cure. And there is no better way to put it than when it comes to winter hair care. There are lots of ways that your hair can be damaged during winter time, whether in the environmental factors or through your incorrect hair styling techniques. Here are some of the preventive measures you can take to ensure that every strand is protected during winter:
• Invest in protective oils and hair conditioners. These products serve as a protective coat for your hair from the cold winter weather and heat styling tools, which is fairly common during these months. Choose products that you have tried before to ensure effective results.
• Allow hair to air-dry post-shower before you use a blow dryer. This will minimize the amount of hot air that gets locked into your locks and allow moisture to be sealed in for longer, too.
• Stop frizz before it begins. Frizzy hair is a common dilemma during winter months due to winter static. Go for an anti-frizz shampoo or conditioner then towel dry hair to eliminate chances of frizz. Also, you can gently spritz a strong hold finishing spray and lightly comb it from top to bottom to keep your locks well-behaved.
• Cut down on your hair washing during winter. Do it every other day or every three days, whenever possible.
• Wear a hat or scarf when you go outside. This will keep your hair strands from freezing. As soon as your hair freezes, it will become brittle and could easily break.
• Refrain from taking hot showers because it will lead to more dryness. If you must, use cold water in the shower.
• Use a diffuser when blow drying or using curling iron. Also, concentrate styling on the roots.
Dealing with Winter-Specific Hair Problems
Specific conditions can arise during winter that affects all kinds of hair types. Make sure that you keep your hair guarded by taking note of these tips:
• If you are suffering from super dry hair during winter, it is recommended that you undergo at least a monthly deep conditioning treatment procedure that is done by a professional. If this is too pricey for you, opt for a nourishing treatment such as a leave-in treatment or hair mask to replenish moisture and nutrients.
• Dry hair during winter can also be cured with regular conditioning. However, you need to rinse hair thoroughly to avoid it being limp and flat.
• Winter static is fairly common during these cold months but you can avoid them by regularly applying an anti-frizz treatment before styling your hair. Also, use cool setting on your blow dryer to finish your blowout for a more lasting frizz-free look.
Here are more useful, practical hair care tips for winter to keep in mind:
• Avoid wearing your scarf or hat too tight as it can impede the natural circulation on your scalp.
• Trim your hair more regularly than you normally would, say between 8 to 10 weeks. This will help eliminate any parched ends and maintain bounce in your hair.
• Supplement your hair with natural treatments as it tends to lose nutrients faster during cold months. You can create your own treatments that contain jojoba, olive, or avocado oil, or look for leave-in hair masks or treatments containing these natural ingredients.
What’s your hair styling must for winter?