When the cold wind starts to blow, split ends and hair breakage become a common hair care problem. Yes, you read that right.
Unfortunately, breakage is not just common during summertime. It also happens during the winter. No hair type is excused. So, to keep your hair beautiful and shiny all year long, there are a few things you have to do. These include:
1. Prevent flaky scalp by shampooing less often.
The primary cause of flaky scalp is hair care product residues left on the scalp. By shampooing less often, you can actually prevent severe scalp issues. Accept this fact and you should be able to solve your scalp problems.
The main purpose of a shampoo is to get rid of excess product buildup, oil, and grime. Then again, a simple rinse can also remove most of these things. Therefore, you have to use shampoo only every second or third day. Otherwise, you will be drying out your scalp and hair. You will also be stripping away you’re the natural oils that keep everything moisturized and nourished.
2. Lock in moisture by using oil-based hair moisturizers.
Dry air, which blows during winter, is not good for all hair types. The only way to reduce its effects on hair is to use hair moisturizers. If possible, use an oil-based moisturizer because it does not evaporate quickly unlike water-based ones. That means it does a pretty great job at protecting textured hair.
Always remember that during the cold days, it is very important to find a daily hair moisturizer that will provide your tresses the moisture it needs, without being too heavy on them. Now, if you are planning to skip this product, know that you are setting yourself up for hair damage.
3. Consider having weekly hair treatments to hydrate your strands.
During winter, hair moisture is easily lost. That means hair needs all the moisture it can get during the cold season. So, make hair treatments a vital part of your winter hair care regimen.
To replace lost moisture, a good conditioner is needed. Once a week, treat your hair with a treatment session that involves slathering conditioner to hair and leaving it on for 30 minutes to let moisture penetrate into the shaft.
It is best that you end your hair with a cold water wash because it will help seal in the moisture, leaving your hair looking lustrous and feeling soft.
4. Combat static with a leave-in conditioner.
Fine and floating strands are common during winter. To combat them, instead of using guard sheets, simply hydrate your hair with a good leave-in conditioner. Don’t worry. It’s very easy to apply. Massage it gently to your strands and leave it on. That’s it!
5. Steer clear of heavy heat-styling routines.
Regardless of the season, if you apply too much heat on your hair, you will need a thermal protection product to prevent damaged and brittle hair that can be caused by high temperatures of styling tools.
Check online hair care product stores and you will see plenty of products formulated to protect hair from heat. Among all the options, blow-dry sprays are the most popular because they easily and effectively moisturize the hair and leave it super soft. To use, just spray the product on wet hair before blow drying.
6. Opt for darker hair color this winter.
Are you dreaming of becoming blonde? Maybe it’s best that you dial down this ambition. Platinum hair dye is great, but it can be very damaging for the hair during winter. Experts recommend leaving the roots a bit darker until the weather is kinder.
7. Avoid stepping outside with damp hair.
Before you step out into the cold, you have to dry your hair first. Anything that you expose to cold expands, and that is exactly what will happen if you dash into the cold weather with wet strands.
8. Wear a winter hat or satin scarf to prevent split ends.
Sure, you can protect your hair against the cold air using a hat or a scarf. But be sure you use a hat made with silk or satin fabric. This type of cloth won’t cause damage to your hair.
9. Use dry shampoo for added hair volume.
When days are cold, you will want to shampoo more and condition a bit, especially at the roots. Dry shampoo works best for this. It will keep your tresses fuller and more robust. You can definitely get more days out of your shampoo by opting for dry shampoo when you feel your locks are getting a bit oily.
10. Hydrate your hair with natural oils or hair serum.
The dry night air will only leech moisture from your skin and hair. For that reason, professional hairstylists suggest applying night serums or natural oils to hair at night before going to bed.
You can start by warming up a tablespoon of your preferred natural oil. Slowly massage it onto your scalp. Massaging will help the oil penetrate deeper into the roots. Finally, leave it on overnight and rinse as you normally would.
Alternatively, you can also apply a few tablespoons of your olive oil or coconut oil to your entire lengths as a deep conditioning treatment.
Don’t let the cold stop you from caring for your hair. After all, a little care can already go a long way when it comes to your hair health. Use the tips above to achieve healthy and beautiful locks – winter, spring, summer, or fall.