When the cold weather arrives outside, we turn up the heat inside. But winter weather can wreck havoc on your hair, leaving your locks dry and brittle. When you move between the cold air outside and the warm, dry air inside, the cuticle layer of the hair tends to lift, releasing any moisture and leading to dullness, split ends and breakage. But you don’t have to live with dull hair for five months of the year. Follow these simple steps to protect your hair when the cold weather comes.
Cut Down On Shampoo
Shampoo doesn’t just wash away dirt. It also strips your scalp of its natural oils and moisturizers. In the dry months, you want to keep those natural moisturizers on your scalp as long as possible. Cut your hair-washing down to twice a week, and in between, use a dry shampoo like Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Dry Shampoo ($20 for 5oz.) to freshen your hair till the next wash.
Keep It Cool
We all love a long, hot shower at the end of a cold day. But all that hot water will strip what little moisture your hair is trying to hold on to. Keep your showers short, and keep the water warm or lukewarm to spare your hair from the damage of hot water.
Even if you cut down on washing your hair, your locks will still need a little extra love in the dry winter months. Deep conditioning once a week will help to soften and smooth frizzy and brittle hair. Try Macadamia Professional Deep Repair Masque ($36 for 8oz.) for a deep conditioning that lasts long after you rinse it out.
Winter air is drying enough on your hair – any added styling tools like hair dryers, curling irons and straighteners will only make the problem worse. If you can, let your hair air dry and find a style that works well with your natural texture. If you can’t put the styling tools down, use a good leave-in conditioner first. We like Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($25 for 4oz.) to hold moisture in when it’s dry outside.
Dry winter air leads to split ends and broken hair, so get your locks trimmed every 8 weeks to prevent those split ends from getting worse. Cutting off just a little bit in the short run will help to keep your hair healthy in the long run.
Use A Humidifier
Humidifiers add moisture to the air indoors, helping to undo some of the damage done by that dry winter air. Try the sleek black Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($36.) to put some moisture back into your hair.
Keeping a hat on when you’re outdoors won’t just help keep you warm, but it will protect your hair from the cold and wind. If static electricity is a problem when you take your hat off, just run a dryer sheet quickly over your hair to tame any flyways.