While we generally associate hair damage with extreme heat and intense summer sun, the winter season can take just as much of a toll on your hair. A variety of factors such as the cold, dry, air, high wind speeds, static electricity, and indoor heat can wreak havoc on your hair.
In this article, learn our best tips for keeping your hair healthy and young during the winter.
1. Get trimmed regularly.
Cold weather can make your hair especially prone to split ends and breakages. Be sure to get your hair trimmed or cut every 4 to 6 weeks to avoid major damage.
2. Avoid heat styling.
During any season of the year, heat styling is one of the most damaging things you can do to your hair. Letting your hair air dry is the healthiest option by far. This includes using a blow dryer to dry your hair, because blow-drying pulls moisture out of your hair, increasing the chance of breakage and creating a straw-like appearance. If you have limited time in the mornings to allow your hair to air dry, consider washing your hair in the evenings so that your hair can dry naturally overnight.
Furthermore, avoid straightening or curling your hair with heat during the winter months. These methods not only put you at risk for burning your hair if done incorrectly but add to the dehydrating effects of the winter air.
3. Don’t wash your hair too often.
Washing your hair too often is another factor that strips moisture from your hair, particularly if you use shampoos that contain sulfates, by removing the natural oils that protect and moisturize your hair. If your hair is dry and brittle most of the time, it may be because you are washing your hair too often. Furthermore, if you find that your hair gets oily fast, it is likely because you are washing your hair too frequently and your scalp is producing excessive oils to compensate for having them washed away every day or every other day.
Try gradually increasing the time between washes until you find a good interval for your hair.
If you’re worried about oily hair, remember that your scalp will start to produce less oil in between washes as you reduce the frequency of washing your hair. You can also use dry shampoo between washes if you feel it is necessary.
4. Wash your hair with colder water.
Hot water can also pull moisture from your hair, increasing its brittleness and vulnerability to breakage. While a cold shower is probably the last thing you want in the winter weather, try washing your hair with lukewarm water and rinsing with cold water. (You can wash your hair over the sink if you can’t stand the thought of a cold shower!)
5. Use a leave-in conditioner once per week.
Regardless of your gender, you need to supplement your haircare routine with extra moisture to keep it young and healthy during the winter. Ideally, you should be conditioning every time you wash. If you’re already doing this, add a leave-in conditioner to your weekly routine to combat the effects of the harsh winter air on your hair.
6. Use a humidifier.
Indoor heating is almost always turned on during the winter, but it can cause the air inside your home to become very dry and sometimes static, which will undermine your efforts to keep your hair moisturized. By using a humidifier, you can add enough moisture to the air to keep your hair radiant and healthy.
7. Don’t forget about the sun!
The sun still shines in the winter. In fact, cold, clear winter days where the sun is shining brightly can be some of the most damaging for your hair. Particularly if you live in a place like Dallas where the winters are still sunny, it is important to protect your hair from harsh, damaging UV light. Use a spray-in sun protection for your hair to avoid unnecessary sun damage in the winter.
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