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The festive season is here, and winter has already set in! This is a time when our hair needs to look its very best, despite the cold weather outside.
During the winter months, cold weather combined with dry indoor heat can wreak havoc on your strands, leading to split ends and breakage. That’s right: breakage isn’t just a summertime sadness. It happens in winter, and to all manner of hair types. In order to have that fabulous mane all year long, there are a few precautions you should take throughout the year.
Keep Your Home Warm But Not Hot
Make sure you don’t get a temperature shock when you get home or when you’re going out. If the temperature inside your house or apartment is much warmer than outside it can irritate your skin and scalp.
Dry Your Hair Correctly
When it comes to drying your hair, you should really treat your hair with care. Even though a blow dryer is the best tool if you wanna style your hair to perfection, it can also be really harmful to your hair as the heat can dry out your hair and scalp. Therefore, it’s important that you protect your hair with a heat protection before you blow dry it. Keep in mind, that heat protection is as important as the actual blow drying part.
Allow Your Hair To Air Dry
If possible, it’s a good idea to let your hair air dry and limit your use of tools like dryers and flat irons. Still, be aware that going outside with wet hair in cold weather can cause your hair to freeze and break. So if you don’t have any time for your hair to dry naturally before going out, then blow dry it and use the cool setting.
Eat Healthy & Stay Hydrated
The solution could be in your kitchen. Some foods contain nutrients, such as vitamin D, biotin, iron, and protein, that can help keep your hair and nails healthy. Below are some tips to help with hair quality during winter.
- For Strength: Greek yogurt and peanut butter are high in protein, a main building block of great hair and a source of elasticity.
- For Silkiness: Oysters, crabmeat, lean meats, tofu, and beans have loads of iron and zinc–minerals that are crucial for keeping hair smooth.
- For a Healthier Scalp: Fatty fish (like salmon and trout), walnuts, and flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fats, which can prevent dry scalp and dandruff.
- For Unbreakability: Broccoli, red peppers, brussel sprouts, kiwi, and oranges are rich in vitamin C, which can protect hair from breakage.
Have Your Hair Trimmed Regularly
Whether you have long or short hair, winter weather can make the ends of your hair dry and brittle. Regular trims will keep your hair in good condition and reduce the chance of split ends.
Oil-based Moisturizer To Lock In Extra Moisture
Getting a blast of dry air is not good for any type of hair. The only way to combat it: extra moisture. Natural, curly, wavy, relaxed, and coiled hair is sensitive to cold weather, when it’s prone to brittle texture, breakage, and split ends. You should be using a heavier-than-usual oil-based moisturizer that will evaporate more slowly to protect textured hair.
Never Go Outside With Damp Hair
Although time is of the essence in the morning, it’s critical to dry hair thoroughly before dashing into the cold. Anything that’s cold expands, and that’s what can happen with your wet hair shaft in the cold weather, which puts you at risk for breakage and makes your color fade faster. Take the time. Your hair–and your salon bill–will thank you later.
Use Dry Shampoo
Those with oily hair might find their hair goes limp, particularly when it comes to dreaded ”hat head,” which can ruin your style and, you know, your whole day. You’ll want to use shampoo a little more, and condition a little less. Use a good spray or thickening tonic to help build up the style and add volume. Dry shampoos are great for this: they will keep the hair fuller and more robust, and expand the hair shaft.
Use Hair Serum
Hair serum is one of the most applaud products in the hair care industry. Its main purpose is to give shine to hair and also prevent knotting and tangling. At the same time, applying hair serum can provide your hair with a protective layer from the sun or other harsh environmental factors. One reason why it is quite popular is due to the fact that its effects are long lasting, it can last until your next wash. It is a great product to use for dry and frizzy hair, as well as those damaging by chemical treatments such as coloring, perming, and heat styling.
Use a Humidifier
A surprising way to fight dry hair in the winter? Use a humidifier. Indoor heating causes the air in your home to become very dry, pulling moisture out of your hair. Humidifiers help rehydrate the air and your hair to keep your locks looking lustrous.
Follow these tips and with a little extra effort, you can keep your hair hydrated and looking great this winter. Check out other posts on our blog for more hair care advise.