Ever notice how your hair changes in texture or shine during the winter months?
Sometimes it’s dry, other times it has its own static charge, and it never seems to hold a hairstyle once you step outside. Something’s in the air, and not necessarily in a good way.
The winter weather can be bad enough, but you don’t have to let it ruin your hair too. With these simple hair care tips, you’ll be on your way to healthy, radiant-looking hair, all year long.
Read on to learn how the winter weather affects your hair, and what you can do to keep the damage to a minimum during these cold months.
How Weather and Winter Climates Can Affect Your Hair
Although winter weather may seem like it’s doing the most damage to your hair, don’t be fooled by the other seasons. All weather affects hair in some way; it’s important to know how to treat your hair during each season.
Humidity and heat will not do your hair any favors. A hot, humid environment breaks down the bonds in your hair and returns hair to its natural state, so try not to style your hair in this type of weather.
Hair Tip: Go au-natural when the temps rise to avoid any ruined hairstyles and wasted time.
Sun damage is also harmful to your hair because it causes the melanin in your hair to change. The UV rays penetrate the hair shaft and can alter the color of your hair.
Hair Tip: Wearing a hat in the sun isn’t just good for your skin, it will also help protect your hair’s color.
If you’ve ever had tangles or knots due to wind, you know the damage it can wreak on your hair. Strong wind can even lead to split ends, so take care of your hair appropriately.
Hair Tip: Cover your head with a scarf, beanie, or hat when outside to protect hair from wind and to ensure your hairstyle stays in place.
Winter weather can be especially brutal on hair because of the cold factor. The constant shift between warm temperatures (being inside), and cold weather (going outside), can cause the cuticle layer of the hair to lift and moisture to leave the hair, making it dry and frizzy. This can lead to dullness, breakage, split ends and staticky locks.
5 Tips To Keep Hair Healthy This Winter
We all need TLC from time to time, and your hair isn’t any different. Treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning treatment to replenish and lock in moisture lost from dry air. Not only will this help soften frizzy and brittle hair, but it will also create stronger, shinier hair.
Since cold air already dries out hair, there isn’t a need to wash it every day. Doing so may strip your hair of its natural oils and dry it out even more. Cut back to washing your hair 2-3 times a week, and your hair should be able to retain the extra moisture!
Hair Tip: Toppik 3-in-1 Hair Renewal Shampoo cleanses, conditions, and exfoliates the scalp all in one step, reducing your shower time and retaining moisture, so you can wash hair every other day, instead of every day.
Like we mentioned above, wind can cause split ends, along with dry, brittle hair. Getting a trim every 6-8 weeks during the winter months will help keep hair healthy and strong, and reduce the chances of getting split ends.
Okay, not really, but try to resist the urge to take hot showers when it’s cold outside. Hot water tends to strip moisture from your hair, and your hair needs all the moisture it can get during the winter. Instead, try to take a warm or lukewarm shower for 10 minutes or less to prevent hair from becoming dry.
The winter weather is hard enough on your hair without adding in any styling tools. If you can, try to avoid using blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners as much as possible. If you do need to use them, the best hair damage solution is to apply a leave-in conditioner or heat-protective product first, and then follow with a blow dryer on low heat.
Now that we’ve addressed some winter hair problems and solutions, we want to share some other beauty and personal care secrets of ours…
Other Great Beauty and Personal Care Secrets for the Colder Seasons
Unfortunately, cold weather tends to affect more than just hair. Here are a couple more beauty and personal care secrets we’ve picked up to help get you through the winter season:
For dry skin, add a few cups of whole milk to bathwater to moisturize and renew skin.
For chapped lips, take a clean toothbrush and gently exfoliate the skin to remove excess skin. Then, apply, (and re-apply!) your favorite lip balm to the affected area.
To prevent severely dry or cracked hands, apply moisturizer after washing hands and at least several times throughout the day.
If you have dry, irritated eyes, keep non-medicated saline tears or eye drops close by to replenish eye moisture as needed.
For dry skin, remember to avoid any face products with alcohol, and switch to a milder face wash and a thicker moisturizer for the colder season.
Do you have any hair care tips for surviving the winter months? Share them with us in the comments section below!
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