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The Winter Hair Care Routine You’ve Been Looking For!

For many of us, winter means freezing temperatures, whipping winds, heaps of snow and dry air. The lack of moisture in the winter air can wreak havoc on your hair, making it dry and more susceptible to damage and breakage. That’s why having a winter hair care routine is so important.

Taking the extra time to give your hair the special attention it needs can help keep your locks healthy, moisturized and vibrant – even if the temperature outside is in the single digits.

Winter Hair Care Routine Dos & DON’Ts

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

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Winter air is very drying, and when your hair is dry it’s more prone to breakage, which is why keeping your hair hydrated at all times is so important. This means always using a high-quality conditioner after shampooing your hair. On top of that, you can also apply a moisturizing, leave-in conditioner once you’re out of the shower. Pamper your hair (and yourself) with a weekly deep conditioning hair mask. If you’re in between washes, keep those thirsty ends happy with a hydrating hair oil. 

2. Just keep trimming

Keep up with your regular trims during winter to prevent split ends. Your stylist can even offer a deep conditioning treatment to help give your hair added moisture and softness.

3. Cover up

It makes sense to wear a coat, boots and scarf when heading outside, but don’t forget to cover your head too. Not only will wearing a hat keep you warmer, it will also help keep your hair in place, reduce tangles, and protect your tresses from the harsh winter air, blustery winds and falling snow. For further protection, use a silk- or satin-lined hat under your headgear to reduce static and further damage.

4. Air dry for the win

As tempting as it may be to bring out the hair dryer after you’ve washed your hair, it’s best to allow your hair to air dry, unless you’re going out (see dont #2). The heat can make hair even dryer and cause serious damage if used on a regular basis. Cut down on the use of heated appliances, or use the lowest heat setting possible. 

5. Eat right and hydrate (on the inside)

A winter hair care routine wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t nourish your body. A healthy diet full of nutritious food can do wonders for – inside and out. Be sure to eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. Opt for water instead of sugary drinks to help keep you glowing and hydrated from the inside out.

6. Don’t overwash

You may think that washing your hair every day is a good idea, but it’s not. Overwashing can lead to dryness and dullness. Shampooing every day can cause an itchy scalp, split ends, breakage and also strip the natural oils that help keep hair healthy and moisturized. Depending on your hair type, washing 2-3 times a week should be plenty. On the flip side, not washing your hair enough can lead to an overproduction of oils and odor.

7. Avoid hot water

As soothing as a hot shower may be when it’s really cold, aim for a lukewarm shower instead. Very hot water can dry hair (and skin) even more by stripping it of its natural oils. This can lead to an irritated scalp and flakiness, and no one needs that.

8. Don’t go outside with wet hair

Wet hair is very vulnerable, and going outside into the cold winter air after you’ve washed it is an absolute don’t. Extremely low temperatures can cause wet hair to freeze and break. If you must go out, be sure to dry your hair on the lowest heat setting possible.

A winter hair care routine is crucial if you want to keep your hair healthy and looking its best. Some of these tips may already be a part of your beauty regimen, and if they’re not, try incorporating a few here and there. A few minutes each day can make a big difference. Your hair will thank you!

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