In the summer, we know we need to take care of our skin. We wear sun block, hats and sunglasses. By protecting our skin, and using skin cream, e keep ourselves moisturized. There are similar products to protect our hair from the sun’s strong, hot rays. However, when it comes to winter, we tend to forget to care for our hair. We spend the cold months fighting the frizz, the static and the dryness. There is a way to defeat “blah winter hair.” Let’s take a look at winter hair care.

What’s to Blame?

Dry, frigid winds will blow any length of hair into knots. Even the prettiest snow, rain and the icy-cold winter temperatures will dry out hair and make it brittle. The results of this winter weather can cause split ends, static, frizzy hair, all from having the moisture sucked out of it by the elements. Although there seems to be less sun at this time, winter sun exposure can cause as much damage as the summer sun.

Tips, Ideas and More

  1. There is more than one reason to cover your head! Wearing a scarf or hat will protect your hair from both the cold and wind. By wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before putting on a hat, you can avoid the hated hat-head issue and protect your hair.
  2. Use conditioner after each shampoo to keep your hair hydrated. One way you can fight dryness by (unless you have very thin, limp hair) is by not rinsing all of the conditioner out during every shower. If you have long hair, try to leave some conditioner on the ends of the hair. This will help keep the ends soft as they tend to dry out first. A good, dependable conditioner should contain fatty acids and humectants. Those two components will keep moisture in your hair. Hydrating shampoo with similar conditioner can be used in the winter for all hair types.
  3. Deep conditioning treatments are a great idea about once a week. They are designed to be stronger than your regular conditioner, and increase softness, shine and manageability.
    Keep in mind a shower isn’t needed every day, unless your work or lifestyle demands it. Try to only shower when needed in the winter to help prevent drying out.
  4. As for which products to use during the winter, try using hair cream and avoid the gel for a few months. Creams add some extra moisture. Natural products are a good idea as well, with options of soya, shea butter, ginger, olive oil and the lovely-smelling lemongrass.
  5. Here is a simple idea that makes a big difference. Drink plenty of water. Your body needs to keep just as moisturized in the winter, as in the summer. Take a look at your diet, and make sure you are eating healthy Healthy diet equals healthy hair. Leafy green vegetables, proteins and nuts should be included during the winter.
  6. Regular hair appointments for trims will keep your hair healthy and fresh. Every eight to ten weeks is a usual time length to visit the salon, but you can ask your stylist what is recommended for you.
    If you are in a hurry, grab a dryer sheet and rub it on your static hair. To control static, some stylists recommend a vented brush with boar and plastic bristles. If you have issues with dryness, mix vegetable oil and lemon juice, and rub a light amount of it into your hair and scalp. The mixture soothes dry scalp and hair. The oil, itself, removes dandruff while adding shine and moisture.

Winter Hair Care Tips Avoid if possible

Avoid if Possible

  1. In the Winter, heat can actually be an enemy. Excessive indoor heating can be an issue with hair. Avoid, if possible, using blow-dryers and styling irons every day. If you must use them, try applying some leave-in-conditioner.
  2. Never go outside with wet hair! Your hair can freeze and the damage can make it easy to break. Try to avoid products with alcohol. It dries the hair and causing it to become brittle, which means it becomes broken and damaged easily.
  3. We all like having those hot baths or showers, but our hair isn’t thrilled with the extreme temperatures. Although it’s winter and it’s cold outside, hot showers aren’t very good for your hair. It is better to use warm water, or even cool water, so your hair won’t dry out or become damaged.

Prevent and replenish are the key words of winter hair care. Taking care of your hair through all seasons will help you look and feel great. Healthy hair will bring a smile to your face and let you enjoy the winter season even more.