“At last!” you think to yourself - the humidity of summer that causes your hair to become frizzy and unmanageable is coming to an end. Unfortunately, however, winter can be an equally brutal season on your locks and your hair requires the proper treatment to remain healthy. Winter months mean cold air, and cold air is often dry which can dry out your scalp, produce dandruff, redness and irritation, and cause your hair to become dull and brittle. Keep your hair healthy and start a new beauty routine based on the tips for winter hair care below!
Taking Care of Your Hair When the Temperature Drops:
- One of the best things you can do for your hair in winter is to increase the frequency in which you deep condition your hair to keep dry air from causing your strands to break.
- Don’t shampoo your hair too often; in winter it’s better to accumulate product build-up in your hair rather than try to remove it.
- Although clarifying shampoos are excellent for removing product build-up, they can remove the protective oils from your scalp leaving your hair even more exposed to the elements.
- You should avoid chemicals as much as possible; winter is not the time to get a perm or bleach your hair with peroxide.
- Because the dry air can make your hair brittle and cause it to break easily, also avoid over-brushing. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb when your hair is wet and dry.
- To prevent breakage from spreading from ends to roots, make sure to trim your hair often. If your goal is maintain the length of your hair, you should trim about a half an inch a month; if you want your hair to grow longer, trim your hair half an inch every other month.
- It may sound like common sense or like a “last ditch” effort, but cover up your hair with a scarf or hat if you’re going to be outside; extreme temperatures, wind, and even the sun can do a number on your hair in the winter.