The winter months bring with it beautiful snow, much needed rain, and cold, icy temperatures. With the cold temperatures, there is usually little moisture in the air, and the dry conditions can wreak havoc on the body, including chapping lips, drying out skin, and damaging hair.
The difficult problem with hair is that it needs different care in different seasons. How you care for your hair in the summer is not the same way you care for your hair in winter, thus here are some easy tips to keeping your hair healthy and beautiful in the winter months.
Keep Your Hair Trimmed
Most women’s hair grows quickly, and the longer you wait between hair appointments, the more damaged and dry the ends of your hair can become, especially with the winter elements drying out your hair. Regularly trimming your hair will help it stay looking and feeling healthy and fresh.
Moreover, for those who want long, flowing locks, it can be difficult to keep long hair looking healthy and voluminous during the winter months. To make your life simpler, consider using hair extensions for those days you are hoping for long, beautiful hair. The easier your hair routine is in the morning, the less you have to worry about it throughout the day.
Invest in a Humidifier
Whereas in the summer months most are looking to remove the added moisture from their hair, as the humidity from the ocean and warm weather can make hair frizzy and hard to maintain, during the winter months, you actually need to add moisture to your hair, for the cold temperatures and harsh windy conditions dry out your hair. Moreover, indoor heaters can remove too much moisture in the air, leaving your hair looking less than stellar. During the winter, investing in a humidifier can help remedy the heating situation, as it can add moisture back into the air—the moisture your hair desperately needs to stay healthy.
Washing Your Hair
It is a fact that showering too often can lead to stripping your hair of essential oils and nutrients. The lack of moisture not only dries out your hair, but also your scalp, which can result in dandruff. While it is important to wash your hair if it is dirty or sweaty, if your hair is clean, skip the shampoo and conditioner that night, instead washing your hair every other day.
Additionally, use warm or cool water to wash your hair instead of scalding hot water. While the cold winter weather can make you want to turn up the heat in your shower, the hot water will damage your hair. If it is not possible to shower at a lower temperature, try to at least douse it in cold water at the end of your shower.
Consider using a leave-in conditioner in the winter months. Due to the dry and windy winter weather, your hair can use the added moisture a leave-in conditioner provides.
Whenever possible, try to air dry your hair. This natural way of caring for your hair is one of the best ways to keep it healthy. However, if you do not have the time to allow it to air dry, try to blow dry your hair on a lower heat setting. Moreover, when blow drying your hair, make sure you use a leave-in conditioner. As mentioned above, leave-in conditioners add moisture to your hair.
Try using a homemade hot-oil product on your hair. Hot oil is a gentle way to treat your hair and add moisture to it without damaging it further. Most hot oil products are left in the hair for no more than a couple of hours, and are washed out with shame and conditioner. In most cases, you will not be able to get all of the oil off of your scalp, which actually is a good thing, as it will continue to moisture your hair and scalp all day.
Many hair products contain alcohol, which damages the hair. Before purchasing any sprays, gels, or other products, make sure they are alcohol-free.
These tips can help your hair stay healthy, vibrant, and shiny all winter long.
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