You probably know that the winter weather can be harsh on your skin, but did you know that it can be just as harsh on your hair? Dry air pulls moisture from your skin, including your scalp. This can cause flakiness, and sometimes, itchiness. It can also make your hair brittle and frizzy. So how can you combat the winter hair blues? Incorporate these eight tips into your seasonal hair care routine:
Step Away from Your Winter Hats
The easiest thing to do is to hide your hair under a hat, right? It may be easy, but it can actually do more harm than good. Tight hats that you pull on and off throughout the day cause a lot of friction and stress on your hair. This impacts the overall health and appearance of your hair.
Go Easy on the Heat with Your Hair
There’s nothing like a hot shower on a cold day but be careful of turning the heat up too high. The hot water can dry out your skin and hair. You should also pump the brakes on heat styling tools in the winter, including your blow dryer. If you must use one, apply a heat protectant product to your hair first.
Wash Your Hair Every Other Day
This is a good rule of thumb for any time of year. Unless you have a very oily scalp, you should wash your hair every other day to keep your hair nourished with its own natural oils. During wintertime, your hair can dry out even more quickly if you shampoo it daily.
Double Up on Conditioner in Your Hair
If your hair is prone to dryness, or if the combination of heat and hats has already done a number on your hair, use twice the amount of conditioner for a moisturizing boost. Or, oil your scalp. Massage coconut oil or olive oil into your scalp for 20 minutes and then wash with shampoo.
Keep Hairspray Handy in the Winter
Cold weather is just the recipe for frizz—and static electricity—which can put extra stress on your hair. To keep your hair from standing on end, or flying away in the wind, keep a bottle of hairspray, and some anti-frizz hair products handy.
Trim to Avoid Split Ends with Your Hair
Schedule an extra trip or two to the salon for a quick trim, just to keep your ends fresh and healthy. Between the exposure to indoor heat, and the friction from hoods, hats and scarves, your hair will be much more prone to split ends in cold weather.
Don’t Forget Your Facial Hair in the Winter
The winter weather can be just as hard on your beard as it is on your scalp. Dry skin and an itchy beard can make you think it’s time to ditch the facial hair. But wait! A little extra care and you can keep your beard and all its winter warmth. Wash your beard regularly and use a little extra beard oil to keep it moisturized. Also, wrap a scarf around your beard and mouth when you go outside. This traps in both heat and moisture, and will prevent your beard from drying out.
Stay Hydrated and Eat Right in the Winter
You drink plenty of water when you’re in the summer sun, but probably not during the cooler temperatures. Keep the fluids going and eat plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables. Vitamins A, C, and E are very good for your hair, as is biotin, so eat foods full of these nutrients, or take supplements with your meals.
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