Updated: Mar 27, 2018
The winter season brings many things; the holidays, snow and unfortunately dry hair. Dry hair is prone to frizz, breakage and tangling. Now that the days are much colder, it's a great time to think about how to protect your beautiful hair.
Here are 5 tips to maintain a healthy mane until warmer weather hits.
1. Treat your locks to a deep conditioner once a week.
Dry heat from the indoors mixed with the cold air from the outdoors depletes moisture from your hair. A good deep conditioner will add moisture and protein back into the hair leaving it healthier, softer and more manageable.
After washing with a gentle moisturizing shampoo, squeeze about a quarter size amount of deep conditioner into your hands. Rub them together and evenly distribute product onto hair beginning towards the middle of your hair all the way to the ends. Pay special attention to the ends since they tend to be the driest part. Leave in for a minimum of 5 minutes to ensure maximum absorption. Check directions on the product you are using for proper timing. Thoroughly rinse product with cool water as this will close the cuticle of your hair and make it shinier. Towel dry hair gently and let air dry or blow dry with a cooler setting.
2. Keep up with regular trims.
During the winter months hair is vulnerable to split ends which, if left untrimmed, can travel up the hair shaft damaging your strands even more.
To keep those split ends away (all year round as well) get a regular trim every 6-8 weeks.
3. Wear a hat.
I know, I know...We all love those adorable wool hats but the terrible hat hair that comes with it is something no woman wants. To protect your hair from the cold, wrap your mane in a silk scarf before putting on your favorite hat or beanie. This reduces static which causes those pesky flyaways and tangling.
4. Keep hair washing to a minimum.
Depending on your hair type only wash your hair 2-3 times a week. For refreshing in between washes use a dry shampoo that absorbs extra oils on your scalp causing that "greasy" feeling. Over washing causes your locks to become dry and brittle. Make sure you fully dry your hair before you step outside. The moisture on your mane coupled with the cold winter air will further damage even more.
5. Buy a humidifier.
I know what you're thinking. Won't humidity make my hair even frizzier. When you have the heat on the air becomes very dry thus making your hair dry. A humidifier balances out that dryness and keeps your precious locks from feeling brittle.
How do you keep your hair healthy during the winter?