Winter weather changes affect our hair no matter where we live. Whether you’re in the sunny southern landscape or the cold northern hemisphere, winter weather brings the most extreme temperatures. Winter winds and sunshine can wreak havoc on hair health. Consider the following top five natural ways to protect hair during the dry winter season.
- Choose Winter Weather Coverings Carefully
Use hats, caps, and scarves to protect hair from UV rays, heat, and cold. Choose materials that aren’t likely to snag on frizzy, dry hair and contribute to hair breakage. This is a type of winter hair damage that is common and very preventable. Fabrics like wool, felt and straw offers the sun protection and the warmth that we want, but they have a tendency to snag and catch on dry hair, causing stress and damage. Choose hats, caps, and scarves that are lined or made of smoother fabrics. Consider lining your hat with a silk scarf to prevent dry hair from catching on rough textiles. Winter sun is beautiful, but it does direct attention to the need for UV protection against sun damage. Remember to use natural skin and hair UV protection products in cold winter weather, as well as in warm sun.
- Avoid Exposing Hair to Extreme Winter Temperatures
Whether your winter weather is extremely warm or exceptionally cold, remember to protect hair from extreme temperatures. In addition to wearing weather appropriate hats and scarves, remember to avoid extreme temperatures throughout your hair care and styling routine. Adjust your bath and shower water temperature to moderate for winter hair washing. Wash hair less often during winter months to maintain natural hair oils that defend the scalp. Use a cooler setting on your hairdryer and use heated styling tools less often for a winter beauty routine that offers that best protection for the most luxurious winter locks.
- Apply Natural Oils to Protect Hair
Natural oils provide a barrier of defense between hair and harsher winter weather. Some of the natural oils known to be very therapeutic for hair and scalp include coconut oil, argan oil, and avocado oil. These natural oils coat the hair shaft and the area between the scalp and the hair follicle to prevent moisture loss. Dry scalp is a leading cause of hair loss. Apply oils after washing, as part of your styling routine and before going outdoors.
- Use Organic Conditioners to Moisturize
In addition to natural oils, use organic moisturizer before applying oil to keep hair strong, healthy and radiant through the dry winter months. Organic moisturizers are free of the harmful detergents, abrasive chemicals, and fragrances that contribute to hair and scalp dryness. Consider using even double the amount of moisturizer during the winter season. Overnight moisturizer treatments also offer soothing relief from extreme winter weather conditions to restore luster and bounce to dry hair.
- Eat, Drink and Be Merry for Healthy Winter Hair
Winter’s festivities and social gatherings are often times of indulgence, whether it’s delectable desserts or party platters. But we want to remember the importance of food and drink to our winter hair health and our health in general. Enjoy sumptuous foods and alcoholic beverages in moderation to prevent winter hair loss. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat foods that are known to be nutrient rich hair helpers, such as avocado, fish, and nuts.
Stay cheerful through the winter season and reduce stress for optimum winter hair loss protection. Stress hormones contribute to hair loss and rob us of our strength and vitality. Practice stress reduction techniques and don’t overwork yourself to stay in a positive frame of mind and keep your tresses in top form all winter long.
At Embassy Studios, we will educate you about the lifestyle changes and self-care measures you can take to improve your hair and scalp health. Our staff is best qualified to give you the care you need to achieve optimal hair and scalp health.
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