Daily Hair Care Tips for Winter Season
December 18, 2019Winter weather doesn't only affect your skin. Your hair is also prone to damage during the winter months. If you got here, it's probably because the cold season is changing your hair in unexpected - and unpleasant - ways. Well, we're here to give you the daily hair care tips your hair needs to survive winter and still look healthy and gorgeous.
Here's Exactly How Your Hair Changes During WinterWinter air is cold and dry, so it zaps hair out of moisture, like it does skin. The common signs of this type of damage are dryness, lots of frizz, brittleness, and even scalp dryness/itchiness that leads to dandruff.
The air outdoors is not the only responsible for skin and hair dryness. Indoor heating also robs the air from moisture. Temperature changes (from indoor heating to outdoor air) have the same harmful effects.
If you let the situation go, your hair during the winter will feel tough and lack manageability, break or develop split ends more easily. The scalp may itch, which may develop to dandruff, irritation and scabbing. If you want to avoid all of these unpleasant signs, you should consider a few special daily hair care tips for winter.
- Use Frequent Oil Treatments Oil treatments substitute the natural oils that your sebaceous glands naturally produce. Dry hair types like curly and coily - and even normal hair during the cold months -, need this product so that the hair shaft is lubricated, moisturized, and therefore protected from external factors. The scalp also tends to get extremely dry, which means that oil treatments are good for the scalp as well. The most popular oils for hair are jojoba, argan, avocado, and coconut oil.
- Wash Less We have discussed the downsides of frequent shampooing before. Basically, shampooing too much will dry hair out, even more so if you still use regular shampoo instead of sulfate-free shampoo. It's only logical that the recommendation to wash only as necessary remains for the winter months, when your hair doesn't need any more drying agents than the cold air.
- Dry Smart When you wash your hair and just leave it like that before going out, you'll just cause a lot of problems, like frizz, brittleness, and breakage. Wet hair is weak, so it can break easily, not to mention that the dry air won't help lock it the moisture in it, creating extra frizz.
- Avoid Heat Tools Heatless styling is in order for the winter. Your hair doesn't need the violent moisture-zapping from the blow-dryer, the flat iron or the curling iron, so embrace your natural texture during winter and keep hair protected and hydrated. If you must use a heat tool, use a heat protectant to preserve the hair shaft from damage, seal the cuticle, and add sheen.
- Get Hair Masks Your usual conditioner is often not enough to provide all the hydration and nutrition that your hair needs, and this is especially true in the winter months. That's why you should commit to getting a deep hair mask at least twice a month. There are excellent flash treatments that restore hair in only 15 minutes! The highly nourishing ingredients in this mask make it the perfect "hair food."
- Avoid Chemical Treatments Chemical treatments will leave your hair even more prone to the dryness and damage that naturally come during the winter months. This might not be the best of times to bleach your hair, so use darker, richer shades instead (which are usually the trendier ones for these seasons). To get inspiration, look at these beautiful shades.
How to use oil? That depends on your hair type and what you want to achieve. Fine hair must use it only from mids to ends to avoid weighing out. Curlies can use a few drops on the scalp to moisturize it and emphasize on the ends to avoid split ends. This can be done a couple times a week or more if necessary. Sometimes, a hair serum is lighter than oil and it achieves similar results.
A pre-shampoo oil treatment is good for all hair types every once in a while, since it brings brittle, lifeless hair back to life. This one consists of rubbing some essential oil on your scalp with a gentle massage and putting on a thermal cap. Let it sit for about twenty minutes while the heat improves the action of the oil, then wash as usual. Hair will feel more manageable and hydrated. You can also do this overnight (apply oil, massage, cover, and shampoo in the morning).
Most people are OK with just two washes per week, and people with really dry hair can even go with one. In any case, keep it as scarce as possible and make sure you use sulfate-free shampoo.
If you really need more frequent upkeeping and shampoo, get a dry shampoo. But still, don't overdo it since it could cause buildup.
Make sure you fully dry your hair before stepping out, but never do so just by blow-drying (since this causes hair to lose all its moisture too fast, leaving it very brittle and frizzy). The recommendation not to use a terry cloth towel but a t-shirt is still up. If your hair is inevitably still wet as you leave the house, cover it with a scarf for a while to protect it from the elements and retain some moisture in the process.
So, those simple daily hair care tips will get your hair unscathed through the winter. The colder months are as good a time as any other to rock amazing hair! The Cosmetic Republic USA can help you out with the daily hair care products that will gently take care of your hair under any condition. Call TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form on this website to learn more about us. Also, feel free to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news from us right in your inbox!
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