It’s beautiful to experience the changing of seasons and don the sweaters and coats that you stash in your closet. Everyone’s style seems to elevate in cold weather, but hair becomes difficult to manage as the leaves fall and frosty weather approaches. Don’t let flyaways and frizziness dictate how you wear your winter hair. There are ways to help you maintain shine, vitality, and moisture.
The colder months can damage your hair if you don’t take the right steps to protect it. Think of your hair like your skin, which also deserves extra attention in the colder months. You moisturize your skin to prevent it from drying, right? Give your hair similar attention during the colder months and you can expect to avoid the common winter hair problems of old. Use the following tips to give your hair a helping hand in the cold.
Avoid Frequent Washing
Sure, it’s comforting to soak up the warmth of a hot shower when it’s cold outside, but washing your hair too much poses a few problems. When you over-wash your hair, it loses the natural oils that keep it healthy and moisturized. Your hair needs these oils when it’s colder and dryer outside. If you can, extend the time between washes as much as you can. Try washing your hair every two days to help it retain moisture. In between washes, you can use a dry shampoo to keep it looking fresh and smelling delicious.
Don’t Leave The House With Wet Hair
We’re almost positive that nobody walks into 40-degree or colder weather with wet hair, but this is an important tip. If your hair is wet and you go outside into the cold, it starts to expand the hair shafts. That can lead to breakage or color fading. Make sure that your hair is sufficiently dry before leaving the house. One way to ensure dryness is by washing and drying your hair at night, so you aren’t in a rush to dry it in the morning.
Control The Frizz
Cold weather knows how to bring out the frizz in your hair. More often than not, the frizz is of your own doing, what with the beanies, scarves, hoodies, and gloves. All of these things create static and cause intense frizz. To combat the frizzy mess on top of your head, you need a vented hair brush that has a combination of boar and plastic bristles. After washing your hair with lukewarm water, apply a leave-in conditioner and use a vented brush to keep hair smoothie and tame.
Moisturize With Oils
Get on the offensive before your hair dries out and takes you down. Moisturizing your hair and scalp can help you avoid flakiness and brittle hair during the colder months. You can purchase jojoba oil or argan oil to massage into your hair and scalp. Both of these oils help prevent breakage and keep your hair soft and shiny. Allow whichever oil you choose to remain in your hair for at least 30 minutes before rinsing out. You can always leave in the oils overnight.
Don’t Overheat Your Hair
The heat of a blowdryer can feel wonderful if you have wet hair and it’s cold outside. You can give your hair intense volume with a blowdryer or add some extra oomph with curling irons or flat irons. Some flat irons or curling irons, though, can heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. That intense heat damages your hair! After showering, press the water out of your hair with a soft towel, working from the ends to the roots. It’s beneficial to air dry 80% of the way and finish the drying process with a blowdryer on low heat.
Give Colored Hair More Love
If your hair is color-treated, then you need to give it extra love during the colder months. Keep your luscious locks shiny and hydrated by using color protection shampoos and conditioners. If you want to go a more natural route, you can use avocado oil and pomegranate and moringa extracts to help your hair retain its color and keep it protected, vibrant, and healthy.