Is it just us or is this one of the coldest winters we’ve had in a while? These harsh winds can do some major damage to your hair. Many women suffer from dry, brittle and even flaky hair this time of year. Just as you should change up your skincare routine in the Winter months, it is just as important to adjust your hair care routine to protect it from the damaging weather. Here are some tips to keep your locks looking luscious.
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Moisture should be your best friend in Winter. There are several sulfate-free hair care products you can and should use to keep your hair in tip top shape. Because your hair is more prone to drying out in the Winter, try to shampoo your hair less frequently. Instead, stick to shampooing only a few days a week, and swap out your regular shampoo for one with a moisturizing formula that will clean your hair as well as lock in the moisture. It is best to deep condition your hair once a week to replenish it. For added moisture, try using a hair mask or hot oil treatment at least once a month to better protect your hair and ensure that it receives all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Added bonus: Be sure to seal in moisture with oils, as they will provide a protective layer and allow your hair to stay hydrated.
2. Avoid hot baths and showers.
We know, we know! This one is a major sacrifice. It’s so tempting to end the day with a nice, relaxing hot bath or shower, but going from harsh cold to significantly hotter temperatures isn’t good for your skin or hair! Extremely hot water can dry out your hair as well as your scalp, increasing flakiness. Instead, try bathing with lukewarm water instead.
3. Trim your hair regularly.
Dryness leads to breakage and split ends. If your hair is prone to either of these in the Winter, the best way to combat that is by receiving trims on a regular basis. Stay on top of your ends by scheduling a trim with your stylist every six weeks.
4. Wear protective styles.
Wearing protective styles is the simplest way to preserve healthy hair. Braids, wigs, weaves, and even Remy clip-in hair extensions allow you to style your hair how you want without exposing it to heat damage or the elements. However, wearing a protective style does not mean you can forget about your hair care routine! Be sure to take care of your hair and scalp to ensure that it will be nice and healthy when it’s time to get rid of your protective style and finally let your hair down.
5. Wear a hat or other protective headgear.
This might sound silly or seem obvious but wearing a hat is a great way to protect your hair from the elements. It’s also perfect for hiding a bad hair day! Wearing a hat protects your hair and keeps your scalp warm. However, some hats are not made of hair-friendly material so it’s best to wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on the hat.
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