Everyone knows how skin can become dry and itchy when cold weather sets in, but did you know the same is true for your hair as well? The combination of cold, dry air outside and equally dry indoor heating can spell trouble for your tresses, as can some of the methods used to guard against these problems (like wool caps that will keep your head warm but can lead to split ends and breakage). Thankfully, there are several ways you can fight winter damage and keep your locks primed and ready to flaunt come warmer weather.
Limit Heat and Chemical Processing
Straightening, blow drying and hair dye can stress and damage your hair even under ideal circumstances. When your hair is already weakened by cold, dry weather, you have to be extra careful when styling. Your best bet for color is to either forego it entirely or use a demi-permanent dye that isn’t as harsh as semi-permanent and permanent options. And when your hair is already dried out and frizzy due to indoor heat, limit heat-based styling as much as possible. For those times, you absolutely must straighten or blow dry your hair, be sure to load up on leave-in conditioner and heat protection treatments first, then give your hair some extra TLC later.
Moisture Is Key
Cold weather can zap the moisture right out of your hair, which is particularly troublesome if you already have a dry hair type the rest of the year. Natural, curly, wavy or chemically relaxed hair types are extra-sensitive to temperature changes and prone to winter damage by becoming brittle and breaking, so be generous with moisturizing your hair.
Don’t skimp on conditioner, and invest in a quality leave-in conditioner to help tame static and flyaways that often show up in winter. Treat your hair to a weekly deep conditioning session too. You can buy a product specifically designed for this purpose, but coating your hair in conditioner and leaving it on for about 30 minutes works well too.
Choose Hats Carefully
Covering your head when you go out into the cold is a great way to keep warm, but depending on the material, hats, and scarves can cause split ends and breakage, especially if you have curly or textured hair. To protect your hair from winter damage, try to steer clear of coarse fibers like wool, cotton, and harsh acrylics. If that isn’t possible, sew a piece of satin inside your hat to add a layer of protection between your hair and the hat fabric. You can also wrap your hair in a silk scarf under your hat.
Follow these easy tips, and you can help your hair stay healthy and vibrant all winter long.
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