11 Ways to Prevent Dry Hair in the Winter
Snow, wind, rain, blistering cold–much like our skin, the ravages of winter can do some serious damage to our hair. As the temperatures drop outdoors, we crank up the heat indoors which also lead to dryness and brittleness. Hair can accumulate static electricity and even become brittle during the harsh winter months. If you don’t have a well balanced diet or use not-so-gentle products on your hair it doesn’t take much for the cold and dry weather to damage it. Preventative measures can ensure that your hair stays healthy and hydrated during the winter months.
Here are a few tips to help protect your locks and keep them smooth and healthy during the winter months:
Get Regular Hair Trims: If you want to keep your hair looking great through the winter, you’ve got to start early. In the late autumn, get your hair trimmed and use a deep conditioning treatment. This will help make your hair healthy to begin with and stop winter damage before it starts. Just remember to maintain the health with regular trims and treatments through the winter.
Alternate Conditioners: In addition to special treatments, it will help to change your daily hair care routine as well. During the winter, try alternating your regular conditioner with an extra moisturizing one or even a leave-in conditioner. (All-Nutrient has some wonderful options for you to choose from.) While you may benefit from simply switching, you’ll probably need to alternate daily or weekly to keep your hair from getting limp and weighed down by too much moisture.
Avoid Chemicals: Avoid using products that contain alcohol or directly spraying perfume into your hair. Keep hair hydrated by selecting products that are more natural. If your hair is bleached out, go back to your natural hair color and give color treatments a rest (dark hair is popular in the winter anyway).
Cover It Up: Wear a hat or scarf when being out in the cold. With millions to choose from, winter is a good time to experiment with different looks and get festive while protecting your hair at the same time. Go for a hat with a satin lining – cotton ones can rough up your hair and wool creates static.
Deep Condition Once a Week: Deep conditioning your hair during winter months is very essential. It gives your locks a moisture surge to prevent brittleness. They can be done at the salon, but you can spend a little extra time in the shower to do them yourself. All-Nutrient Organic hair care products contain all the natural goodies for your hair: avocado, olive oil, and shea butter. If you have thick, curly, or extremely damaged hair, try Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment.
Seal Your Cuticles: Dry hair causes your cuticles to lift up, making it look dull and damaged. Finish off your showers with a cold-water rinse. When blow-drying your hair, blast it with some cool air to help keep your cuticles smooth.
Use a Serum: Serums smooth your hair and can also create a protective layer against harsh cold weather or indoor heat. This is one I think is worth investing a little more in. Use it when your hair is wet before you blow-dry to make your hair shiny, or dab it on when it’s dry to keep flyaways down. A great one to try is Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum It’s alcohol-free and contains wheat and soy proteins. It will also reduce your drying time by 30%
Always Use a Heat Protector: Never use heat on your hair without applying a heat protector prior to doing so. This should actually be done at all times, not just during the winter. Some great, affordable ones to try are Paul Mitchell’s Seal n Shine or Red-to-Go’s all-in-one treatment. Stop by and we can recommend one specifically for your hair type.
Nutrition is Important: While treating your hair from the outside is great, it is also important to take steps to strengthen and soften it from the inside. Vitamins like A, C, E, and various B vitamins can all help improve hair quality. The best is to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and “good” fats, but you can boost your hair (and your health) by adding a daily multivitamin. Medacueticals makes a wonderful vitamin for your hairs health!
Drink Plenty of Water: Just like your skin, your hair gets its moisture from your body. That means that if you want to keep your hair hydrated, you have to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will also help make your skin look better, leave you feeling better, and may even help you lose weight.
Don’t Forget Your Scalp!: Most people forget about their scalp, but during the winter it’s important to keep your scalp moisturized. Not only does an unhealthy scalp cause annoying problems like dandruff, your scalp is where the hair gets its moisture and life. If the skin isn’t healthy, it’s likely that the hair isn’t either. Be sure to use products that moisturize the skin and hair on your head. Another good tip is to massage your scalp regularly to keep the roots stimulated and growing.
While it may take a bit of extra work, you can keep your hair moisturized and looking beautiful all year round. Stop in and see how we can help!