Winter Beauty: Caring For Your Hair In Colder Months
With winter officially set in, it’s time to adjust your beauty routine.
While the colder, shorter days can make hair care quite tedious, it is important to cater for your locks as much as you did during the warmer months. While the summer months bring the threat of sun damage to your skin and hair, winter can be quite tough on your mane.
Be it dryness, frizz, static or breakage, the harsh winter cold can take its toll on your locks. Luckily, with the right precautions and steps, you can ensure healthy hair – come rain, hail or snow.
Washing your mane
When keeping your hair clean during winter, it’s important to avoid over washing it.
Frequent washing can strip the hair of its natural oils; oils that help to maintain the health of both the hair and scalp – especially in winter. Also, despite the cold weather, try to avoid washing your mane in very hot water. The high temperature can dry out the hair, thus making it more sensitive to breakage.
Try not to wash your hair every day. Opt to wash your locks every two to three days and invest in a hydrating, volumizing dry shampoo.
Drying your locks in winter
Once you’ve washed your hair, it’s important to take care when drying it.
After drying your hair, squeeze out excess moisture with a towel. It’s important not to rub your hair dry with a towel as this can cause breakage. After you’ve squeezed out the moisture, apply a heat protection serum before using a blow dryer – on a low heat setting – to dry your mane. Heat styling has been linked to dry and damaged hair, which is why it’s important to always prepare against its effects.
Also, never, ever leave the house with wet hair as this could damage it. Damp hair can also lead to split ends and dandruff. If you feel that you’ll be slow on time, try washing your hair the night before and leave it to dry overnight.
Fighting the frizz
With winter comes the addition of gloves, scarves, beanies and sweaters. Unfortunately, these winter outfits come with static – static that turns your hair into a frizzy mess.
Heat helps to reduce frizz, thus it is advisable to use products such as serums and light-weight oils that can help to flatten your cuticles and produce shine.
Moisturize and hydrate
Winter can strip your skin and hair of moisture so it is important to stay hydrated. It is highly unlikely that your hair will be able to avoid the dryness that comes with winter thus it should be regularly moisturized.
Hair masks are intensive treatments that individuals often use once a week. These treatments penetrate deep into the hair follicles, conditioning and protecting them against dehydration and breakage. The mask is applied to damp hair before being followed by a plastic cap and left for ten minutes and then rinsed out.
Other forms of deep conditioning include using hair oils like coconut oil, argan oil and jojoba oil. In fact, olive oil can also be used as a deep conditioning hair treatment.
When purchasing other hair products, invest in those that help to retain and restore moisture.
Hydration also starts from within, so you should ensure that you’re drinking adequate amounts of water every day.
When your hair endures harsh changes, your ends suffer the most. By getting regular trims, you’ll be protecting your hair and allowing it to grow healthy.
Protect your hair
It’s important to protect your hair from the elements, especially during colder months.
Before placing a wool hat or beanie on your head, make sure to first wrap your hair in a silk scarf. Hats and beanies can cause breakage but the silk scarf stimulates hydration and it also protects against thinning and damage.
Eat hair-healthy foods
Like our skin, our hair is what we eat.
Hair nourishing foods are rich in iron, protein, omega 3’s and vitamin E. They can help to keep our hair healthy and beautiful. These foods include almonds, mushrooms, salmon, seeds and various fruits and vegetables.
Want To Know More?
By taking note of the above tips, your hair will maintain a lustrous, healthy glow in the coming weeks. However, your skin should also be a priority. Click here to read about how you can protect your skin against the harsh, winter elements.