It’s bad enough that winter dries out your skin, but it also negatively affects your hair. Steer clear of winter’s pesky hair effects by planning ahead. We’ve detailed the top four winter hair issues and what you can do to prevent them this season.
Static and Frizz
Winter’s dry air makes it peak season for static. This can be a real issue, especially if you have fine hair. Switching to an ionic hair dryer for the colder months dries your hair faster, helping to prevent damage and tame unwanted frizz. As the weather starts to cool down, hydrating shampoo and leave-in conditioner locks in moisture to prevent frizz and static. If you’re in a pinch, smooth a small amount of lotion over your staticky strands.
Brittle Strands and Split Ends
Split ends are an all-year problem, but the chilly weather dries out your hair even more. Be proactive by using hydrating products on your hair before the temperature drops. Don’t forget to book an appointment with one of our hair stylists to say so long to split ends this winter with a haircut or trim. Limit your use of hot styling tools to give your hair a break and evade that dreaded straw-like hair texture. Sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase or using a satin-lined cap will also help your hair retain moisture as you get some beauty sleep.
Everyone knows the struggle of choosing between keeping warm and killing your styled hairdo when it comes to hats. Get the best of both worlds by using a leave-in conditioner to combat the moisture your hat strips from your hair. After styling, make sure your hair has fully cooled before putting your hat on, as it is easier for your hat to affect your hair when it is still warm. Volumizing mousse will keep your locks lively so they don’t get flattened. When in doubt, opt for a braid or bun to limit your hat’s effect.
Dry and Flaky Scalp
Before winter strikes, reflect on your diet and stress levels, which can contribute to scalp concerns. Shampoo your tresses less often to avoid the surfactants that can be drying to hair. When you do shampoo, consider using an exfoliating or anti-dandruff shampoo to keep the flakes away. As tempting as a hot shower is when temperatures are low, high temperatures strip moisture and can lead to inflammation and irritation. If you decide to take an extra-hot shower, be sure to apply coconut oil or use a hydrating hair mask to soothe your scalp.