5 Essential Winter Hair Care Tips Everyone Must Know!
Learn how to keep your hair healthy during the winter with these lock-loving tips.
The changing temperatures can bring about all sorts of fun fashion excitement (cozy knits and textured tights!) but they can also wreak havoc on your hair. Steamy indoor heat, freezing outside temps, static electricity and heat styling can create so many hair care nightmares.
Fret not! There are some simple things you can do to protect your hair and maintain that gorgeous mane even through the darkest winter days.
5 Essential Winter Hair Care Tips
1. Adjust Your Water Temperature
As good as a hot shower feels, lukewarm showers reduce the excess dryness and breakagemoisture-stripping hot showers can cause to your hair. As a general tip, try rinsing conditioner from your hair with cool water. Doing so shocks the cuticle closed and will leave you with healthier, shinier, stronger hair.
2. Delve into Deep Conditioners
If you don’t use a deep conditioner at least once a week, let this be the season to start. Deep conditioners replenish lost moisture and nutrients that are drawn out of the hair on a regular basis.
3. Turn Down the Heat
For those who can’t stand the thought of letting their hair dry naturally, minimize hair drying tool usage to about once or twice a week. You can extend the life of your hairstyle by using a lined shower cap when bathing and wrapping hair or pulling it into a low ponytail before you sleep. Be sure to use protective products such as Pantene Heat Protection and Shine Spray before you use a moisture-sucking heat styling tool.
4. Switch Up Your Styling Routine
Your hair has slightly different needs during the winter, so adjust your products accordingly. Owners of fine to medium hair should use products that target nourishment where it’s needed without weighing it down. Those with medium- to thick-hair should soothe parched strands with moisturizing products that contain extra nourishing ingredients such as avocado, olive and/or nut oils. Chemically treated and relaxed hair can best repair lost proteins and moisture with products such as the Fekkai ProteinRx Collection.
5. Be Mindful of Hair Accessories
Accessories play a huge part in your winter style, but some can have damaging effects. Women with color- or chemically treated hair should avoid wool hats, as the texture can rough up already parched strands and lead to breakage. A silk scarf under wool accessories will protect your hair, look retro chic and prevent the dreaded “hat hair.”
If you do wear an accessory, make sure you use coated or cotton hair ties (they don’t pull or snag) or velvet-backed barrettes and other metal accessories to prevent damage.
It’s true: Winter weather can be tough on your whole body, especially your gorgeous mane, but with these simple tips — and a little extra TLC — you’ll have look-at-me locks all winter long.