Do you like winter? Just like your body, your hair also needs special beauty products that would keep it protected from winter cold and strong wind. How to help hair survive these harsh winter conditions? How can you stop hair from thinning and maximally limit mechanical damage? You will find the answers are here.
Winter Hair Care Guide: Things to avoid
Winter season is pretty challenging for all types of hair. During this time of the year, the delicate structure of hair shafts is constantly exposed to extreme conditions: once you spend a few hours in a warm room to leave it immediately and go outside, where the temperature is significantly lower and where the cold wind is blowing constantly. Hidden underneath a winter hat, the hair wins effective protection against the snow and cold rain. On the other hand, such a solution causes mechanical damage to the strands. Frequent use of a hair dryer doesn’t do any good either. Exposing hair to the stream of hot air generated by styling tools causes enormous damage to the delicate hair structures, which consequently leads to dehydration. The bad news is that in the long run, such damage may be irreversible.
Winter Hair Care Guide: Things to stick to
1. Washing? Yes, but do it wisely.
Winter season is cruel, therefore it’s advised to be gentle with the hair while washing it. In order to prevent further damage, choose shampoos that are formulated with mild cleansers and moisturizers that would replenish the scalp with water. This is very important because it’s awfully easy to cause damage to hair and deprive it of water during winter.
2. Don’t refrain from using hair oils and conditioners.
In winter hair is thirsty for vitamins and nutrients. And this thirst is caused not only by the harsh weather conditions but also by the diet that in winter isn’t rich in vitamins and nutrients. Taking advantage of oil hair treatment during winter seems to be highly beneficial. What oil hair treatment is? This treatment depends on slathering the strands and scalp with hair oils (plant oils), such as coconut oil, argan oil or jojoba oil.
3. Prepare your hair for blow-drying.
Skipping heat protection is a really bad idea. You can make use either of plant oils, which are mentioned above, or special heat protectant sprays. Once your strands are shielded from hot air-stream, you can proceed with blow-drying. If only possible, use an ionic hair dryer. Another piece of advice concerns the degree of making the hair dry – you shouldn’t dry the hair completely. It’d be better if you made it 80-85% dry and later let it air dry. Finally, if you can, try to hold the hair dryer far from the head – try not to keep the nozzle too close to the strands. Otherwise, you will burn your already fragile hair.
Winter Hair Care Guide: Hair under a winter hat
Here comes some good news: the nasty mechanical damage caused by wearing a hat in winter can be reduced! Introducing a few small changes suffices to limit the adverse effects of hiding the hair under a hat. First and foremost, always tie your strands before putting on a hat. In this way you will expose less hair to the friction, hence less mechanical damage. This will also keep your wisps away from getting tucked into zips.
The type of your winter hat also matters. Your hair will be grateful if you put on a hat that doesn’t sit tightly on your head but is loose. How to limit static hair? Get yourself a hat made only of natural fabric. It’s suggested wearing either cotton or wool winter hats.
If you want to keep your hair healthy and shield it from damage, focus your attention to the special needs your strands may have during winter. Developing good hair care habits isn’t that hard. In the long run, taking good care of the strands throughout the entire year pays off.