As the season change, so should your hair maintenance routine. While you might wear your hair out much more often in the summer and rely on carefree styles when it’s warm outside, your hair care routine will change during winter if you want to maintain healthy locks. Here are some winter hair care tips that will keep your hair in great shape:
Wash n Go Less Often
It is okay to wear a wash and go during the Spring and the Summer months, but it is no fun leaving the house on a frosty chilly morning with wet or damp hair. This is especially true if you live in a very cold climate because your hair can actually freeze and break if you go outside in the cold with wet hair.
Deep Condition Frequently
Heated homes and work spaces can dry out your hair, so combat this dryness with extra deep conditioning. Look for products which hold in moisture and use a good deep conditioner about once a week. Sticking to natural oils is a better bet for holding in the moisture that you get from water. If possible, deep condition every time you cleanse your hair whether you choose to use shampoo or co-wash. This is a first step to maintaining the moisture level in your hair. You can add heat by using a heating cap or steam condition your hair for additional penetration of the ingredients into your hair.
Avoid Using Heat
Indoor heating is going to suck some of the moisture from your hair. Don’t help it along with flat irons, blow dryers and curling irons. Winter is an ideal season to practice setting techniques like wet sets, pin curls and wraps, none of which require heat to style your hair.
Use an Effective Moisturizer
A good moisturizer will hydrate and nourish the hair deeply within the hair shaft. Water-based products are necessary. Use any moisturizer which has water as one if its primary ingredient. Be sure to wash and moisturizer your hair the night before, so that you hair will be dry in the morning. An effective moisturizer is one that contains water, humectants, emollients and occlusive ingredients. After you have deep conditioned and moisturized, protective styling is the final step.
Keep Your Hair Covered
Not only should you keep your hair protected at night when you sleep, but you should also make sure to keep it covered when you go outside in the cold air. Wear a hat or hood, but make sure that the hat or hood is lined with satin to avoid snagging and breaking due to the harshness of wool and cotton.