When the crisp fall air gives way to the harsh winter winds, snow, sleet and ice aren’t the only things to be worried about. The cold can also take a harsh toll on your tresses, nails, and skin. Whipping winds, dry air, and rock-bottom temperatures can all be bullies to your beauty.
Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to keep your mane gorgeous all season long. Here are five tips for healthy winter hair care.
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For those of us who are guilty of washing your hair every day, don’t! Shampoo doesn’t just wash away dirt and grease; it also takes away natural oils that are essential to your hair’s health. During the winter, instead of washing on the regular, cut it down to once or twice a week. And we know hot showers feel oh-so good during the cold months, but keep the temps luke warm while washing.
After you wash your hair, apply conditioner every time to keep it soft and manageable. Conditioner should be applied to the hair, and not rubbed into the scalp for ultimate hair health. And once a week, treat your tresses to a deep conditioning treatment. This will help to replenish any moisture that is lost from the cold, as well as dry heat found in your home or apartment.
Air Dry Hair
Air drying your hair is one of the healthiest things that you can do for it during the winter. Hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons can all wreak havoc on your hair, but going outside with it wet is also bad since the dropping temperatures can cause freezing and breakage. After the shower, towel dry your locks briefly before combing them out and enabling them to air dry.
Go Easy on the Products
Many hair products, such as spray and gel, contain chemicals that can lead to additional trauma during the cold months. Try to go natural during the winter so your hair can have a breather. If you must use products, read the ingredients and try buying ones that do not have a high concentration of alcohol, which will further dry out your hair.
Regular trims at your salon will keep dry and split ends at bay. Experts recommend getting your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. A light dusting of the ends results in tremendous hair health.
Or, if you are feeling bold, why not just take it all off? Cutting your hair can not only bring you a whole new look, but it will also get rid of heaviness, dull ends, and dying hair. What else is there to love more? Don’t worry, if you regret cutting it, extensions are always a great option!