Winter is tough on hair. Just like skin, hair needs protection from the grip of Old Man Winter to remain soft and healthy. Defend your tresses from cold air, whipping winds, static electricity, and even indoor heat. You want to have lovely locks to show off when spring (finally) comes!
Try these tips to keep your hair in great shape—even when it’s freezing outside:
Wear a hat.
Cover your hair to shield it from snow, wind and rain. The elements dry your hair out and make it more prone to breakage. Fight static electricity under your hat by using a heat protectant spray before blow drying. A heat-activated product can help make your hair more manageable and add a brilliant shine.
Buy a humidifier.
A surprising way to fight dry hair in the winter? Use a humidifier. Indoor heating causes the air in your home to become very dry, pulling moisture out of your hair. Humidifiers help rehydrate the air and your hair to keep your locks looking lustrous.
Get regular trims.
Trimming your hair every four to eight weeks is a good way to maintain hair health and keep your locks looking fresh. Take a half inch off the bottom to reduce the chances of developing dry, split ends.
Lower the water temperature when you shower.
Even though a steamy shower might be just what you’re after when the temperature is below freezing, hot water can zap moisture from your hair making it brittle and more vulnerable to breaking. Suds up with lukewarm water and follow with a cool rinse instead.
Let hair air dry.
Allowing your hair to air dry is best. Blow drying draws moisture out of your hair increasing the chance of breakage. Heat-free drying helps keep your hair shiny and healthy. Short on time? Try taking your shower in the evening so your tresses can dry naturally overnight.
Don’t leave the house with wet hair.
Wet hair is more vulnerable to damage than dry hair. Walking outside in winter with a wet head can cause hair to freeze and break. While air drying is best, it’s better to blow dry your hair than go outdoors with a saturated mane.
Use an oil treatment.
When winter wreaks havoc on your hair, restore moisture with an oil treatment. Choose a lightweight leave-in formula with argan oil to instantly revitalize dull, dry hair.
Deep condition once a week.
Moisturizing is the name of the game for winter haircare. Use a deep conditioner weekly to replenish moisture and combat the effects of hot styling tools, indoor heating and cold winter winds.
Follow these tips and with a little extra effort, you can keep your hair hydrated and looking great this winter. Check out other posts on our blog for more hair care advice. To learn more about hair loss, view our FAQs.