If you live in Brantford, then you know how bad the winter weather gets and you are all too familiar with the effects that dry and cold winter air can have on your hair. Cold weather is harsh on all types of hair textures and styles.
Just like skin, hair needs protection from the cold weather to stay healthy, soft and shiny.
So, how do you protect your hair in the winter and prevent damage? We have put together our favorite winter hair care tips so you can have healthy hair this winter:
1. Wear a Hat
It’s vital to cover your hair during the winter months to protect it from the moisture–robbing dry air, snow, wind and rain. The cold elements of cold weather will dry your hair out, making it more prone to breakage.
Fabrics like wool and cotton will still damage your hair so remember to line your hat with silk or satin to prevent further breakage.
When it comes to static electricity, make sure to use some hair oil.
Using hair oil will help moisturize your hair and bring back the shine.
2. Avoid Heat Styling
Allowing your hair to air dry is best. Blow drying will remove the moisture from your hair, increasing the chances of breakage. Heat free drying will help keep your hair healthy and get it ready for the cold and dry winter.
Try to refrain from using a straightener as it will suck the moisture out of your strands, inflicting more damage to your hair.
Of course, we know it’s almost impossible to avoid heat tools all winter. When you do use them, keep them on the lowest temperature possible and always apply a heat protectant product first.
3. Don’t Wash Your Hair Regularly
If you wash your hair every day, then it is time to switch things up during the winter. Over washing your hair will deprive it of the natural oils that keep it moisturized and protected, which is vital during freezing weather.
Try to extend the time between your hair washes as much as possible and if you typically wash your hair every day then you should switch to every other day. If your hair is still lacking moisture, try every three days.
Another tip for dry hair is to use dry shampoo to keep your hair healthy and smelling fresh.
4. Do Not Leave Home with Wet Hair
Wet hair is more vulnerable to damage in the cold and dry weather conditions. Going outside during winter with a wet head can cause hair to freeze and break. Give yourself a bit of extra time to air dry your hair before going out.
You can change your winter hair care routine by washing your hair at night so that you can avoid blow-drying your hair in the morning when you are in a rush.
5. Give Your Hair a Trim
Whether you have long or short hair, the cold winter weather will make your ends dry and prone to breakage. Trimming your hair every four to eight weeks is a great idea to keep your hair healthy and locks looking fresh.
6. Stay Hydrated
Did you know that a single strand of hair contains 25% water in weight?
Keeping yourself regularly hydrated will help energize and encourage hair growth from root to tip. Staying hydrated will also promote a healthier scalp, preventing problems like dry scalp, itchiness, or dandruff in the winter.
Regular hydration will also help prevent split ends and brittle hair.
7. Use Hair Oil
Winter wreaks havoc on your hair and zaps out the moisture, leaving a dry and flaky scalp. Apply a few drops of hair oil to revive your dry hair with moisture, leaving it soft and shiny.
Let the oil sink in for 20-30 minutes to deeply moisturize the scalp, then wash your hair as usual. Adding hair oil to your at-home hair care routine will help keep your hair healthy and shiny.
Cold weather can be harsh for your hair but, if you have the right winter hair care advice, then nothing can stop your hair from looking healthy and shiny all winter long.
Still need help with winter hair care and what products to add to your winter hair care routine? Contact us at Urban Vanity Hair Salon & Beauty Bar in Brantford today and we will be more than happy to help you get prepared for the winter is coming!