The winter months are upon us, the temperature has dropped and many think that their days of hair care are over now that the harsh sun has disappeared behind the clouds.
But the truth is that caring for our locks is just as important during the colder seasons, as it is when the temperature is high. The harsh cold air outside mixed with the warm, dry air inside your house from the heater is a deadly mix for moisture loss, frizz and breakage. Luckily, we are here to let you know that there are a few simple tips and solutions you can use to maintain a moisture-rich mane that will keep you looking and feeling bright even during the dreary months.
Make a trip to the hairdresser a regular occurrence!
This is an old favourite of hairdressers everywhere and the of healthy hair all year round. The more regular your visits to the salon – the stronger your hair. Your hair is prone to splitting very easily in winter, so regular trims keep breakage to a minimum and keep your hair feeling soft and healthy. Try to visit once every six to eight weeks to have the ends trimmed and your hair revitalized.
Don’t leave the house with wet hair!
Your hair is at its most vulnerable when it is wet, and while you may believe that using a hair dryer to dry your hair is worse than leaving the house with wet hair, in this circumstance it isn’t. When you leave the house with wet hair, it is prone to freezing and therefore a lot more susceptible to breakage. Try to allow enough time to air dry your hair inside, or use the hair dryer on a cooler temperature.
Keep those locks moisturized!
When the temperature drops and the rains start to fall, we tend to want to sit inside with the heater on. But experts say winter heating has been likened to that of spending all day under a hair dryer! In between salon visits, treat your locks to a deep conditioning treatment such as hydrating oils or masks. Treatments can be done after washing your hair whilst in the shower, or alternatively, many can be applied to wet hair afterwards. Treatments will help to keep your hair fresh whilst styling and also replenish the moisture your locks so desperately need in the dry air. Swapping up your shampoo and conditioner for moisture rich ones can also do wonders. A more intense hydrating shampoo and conditioner will nourish your hair without the need for multiple products and along with regular treatments, will keep your hair feeling good.
Keep it cool!
When the temperature outside is cold, many of us crave a long, hot shower. But increasing the temperate of the water also increases damage to your hair. Instead, maintain a luke-warm temperature or try to rinse your hair with a blast of cold water after shampooing and conditioning.
Decrease the amount of times you wash your hair each week!
You may think that you’re doing the right thing by keeping your hair clean, but washing it too regularly rids it of all of its natural oils and moisturisers that help to keep it healthy. Try to decrease the amount of times you wash your hair each week to allow the build up of natural oils to return. If you need to, use a dry shampoo in between washes to absorb some of the oil and keep it looking fresh until it’s next clean.
Go for the natural look!
Minimising the use of styling tools on your hair is a big one and one that should be maintained all year round! Your hair is already struggling to maintain moisture during these months, and the added pressure of intense heat from styling tools draws moisture out a lot faster. If you need to use a hair dryer or styling wand, try applying a heat protectant or leave in conditioner to your hair first.