Just like your skin, your hair is faced with a new set of trauma in the winter months – with blustery winds that can tangle, and cold temperatures that can make the hair brittle and dry, not to mention damaging indoor heating that can lead to dry frizz and split ends. To make sure your hair does not suffer intense damage, follow these tips:
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1. Wash your hair less often, and make sure you condition each time you do. This way, you’ll avoid that static frizz you get from over-washing and from drying your hair out. If you have hair that tends to get greasy when you don’t wash it often, use dry shampoo like Dove’s Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo on days when you don’t wash – it will leave your hair clean and give it some extra volume that is great for styling.
2. Use deep conditioner treatments on your hair once a week to hydrate your locks. I use Organix Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Intensive Moisturizing Treatment, which I apply to damp hair by applying a small amount into my hands and running my fingers through my hair. I then leave it in for about 3-5 minutes before rinsing it out with mild to cool water. Deep conditioning treatments will leave your hair moisturized, strengthened and soft during the winter when your hair can tend to get dry and brittle.
3. Don’t leave the house with wet hair. When the temperatures drop, wet hair can freeze and break off. To avoid this, you should preferably let your hair air dry to prevent heat damage. However, depending on your hair type, you may not be able to do this in the morning. If you must use a blow dryer, spray heat protectant like Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray through your hair or use leave-in conditioner first and turn your heat setting to cool to avoid less damage.
4. Regular hair trims every 8-10 weeks will keep your hair feeling fresh while getting rid of split ends and parched ends, in addition to giving your hair it’s bounce back. If you are trying to grow your hair out, trim it about a half inch every other month during the cold months to prevent breakage from moving up the hair shaft and causing you trouble later.
5. Avoid using excessively hot water when you wash your hair, which is drying to the hair as well as the skin. Rinse in warm or (even better!) cool water for smooth, shiny, hair all year ’round!
6. Try different updo’s and braids in your hair during the winter months. Not only is it pretty and festive, it will limit your hair’s exposure to the elements and and dry air. Additionally, wearing scarves or hats will protect your hair from the cold and wind.