Baby, it’s cold outside! The winter weather has arrived and unless you’re vacationing in a tropical locale for the next three months, your entire body may be affected by the chilly weather. Coldness and wind can have an especially big impact on your hair. And, just like a fabulous bra and a rockin’ pair of shoes, your hair is one of your best accessories.
The cold weather and wind tends to dry out hair. To make matters worse, when your heater is on indoors, it dries hair even more. But get this: your hair doesn’t have to be a disaster during the winter. If you’re sick of fighting with your locks day-in and day-out, use our winter-time tips for keeping your hair shiny and luscious this season:
Wash Your Hair Less: Washing your hair may get it squeaky clean, but it can also drain out moisture at the same time. Try washing hair every 2-3 days. We’re not telling you not to shower, just pin your hair up and avoid getting it wet. Added bonus, you get to sleep for a few extra minutes since you don’t have to wash and dry your hair!
Watch Out for Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo can often be a bit too dry. If you feel your hair getting oily between washes, use a dry shampoo but brush it away from your roots to avoid excessive dryness.
Deep Condition: You can do a deep conditioning treatment from the comfort of your own home. Try this once a week during the winter to moisturize and hydrate hair. Some are leave-in and others wash out after 5-10 minutes. These are especially helpful for color-treated hair that tends to get drier than usual.
Oil Up: Oil is the perfect nourishing hair product during the cold and windy winter months. Try massaging oil into your scalp at bedtime the night before you plan to wash the next morning. Be sure to pin back your hair so oil doesn’t come in contact with your face. Alternatively, dampen your fingertips with oil and brush them over the tip of your hair to repair dry split ends.
Trim the Tips: If you find yourself with a ton of pesky dead-ends, get regular trims during the winter. Think of it as an excuse to pamper yourself and have someone else deal with your winter-hair problems for a change. Sit back, relax, and let a pro work her magic.
Watch Your Neck: Scarves, sweaters and coats often create a knotty mess of hair at the back of the neck. Move hair to the sides before layering your clothes to avoid a tangle.
Humidifier Please: Give your hair a steam bath overnight with a humidifier. It may cause a little frizz, but it’s worth all the extra moisture you’re adding back into your hair.
Go Natural: Try to limit the use of heat tools on your hair. That means less blow-drying, flat ironing and curling. Save the chic hairdo for your holiday parties and go natural for your every-day style.
Here’s to your best hair day, every day!