The winter season is the time of year for coziness + comfort, but it also comes with some downsides pertaining to hair and scalp health! The drop in temperatures can make hair feel dry, rough, weak and prone to breakage. Just like with our skincare, we need to adjust our winter hair care routine to help hydration and protect hair. Learn how to level up your hair health this winter season with these 10 hair care tips to keep your hair and scalp hydrated throughout the cold winter season!
1. Eat A Nutritious, Well Balanced Diet for Healthy Hair
Eating a diet rich in protein and nutrients is essential for optimal hair health. In addition, a lack of water intake can lead to dehydration which can affect the heath of hair, making hair rough and dry. Following a healthy, well balanced diet with a combination of vitamin-rich fruits + vegetables, leafy greens, and lean meats will work to help keep your body + hair healthy and strong.
2. Shampoo Less Often
Extending the time in between your washes can help maintain the natural balance of oil and moisture your scalp + hair needs. Washing hair everyday may be necessary for some hair types, however frequently washing hair with harsh shampoos can strip the hair of its natural oils, causing further irritation and dryness on the scalp. If possible, try to only wash your hair 3-4 times a week.
We recommend using a gentle, detoxifying treatment like Product Overload which helps to remove dead skin cells and product buildup, while infusing hydration + nutrients back into the hair.
3. Use a Rich + Creamy Conditioner
It's important to condition + protect hair from winter dryness by using a rich and moisturizing conditioner containing natural oils like coconut, jojoba, and shea butter that offers deep hydration + nourishment to hair. For best results, after washing hair with a gentle, sulfate free shampoo, apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to ends. Concentrating the conditioner on the ends helps to prevent rough texture, dryness, and split ends.
Pro tip: Leave the conditioner on a few minutes and then wash with cool water. Using cool water will help seal in the moisture, keep color vibrant, while also helping to prevent frizz!
4. Switch Out Cotton Towels for Microfiber Towels for Healthy Hair
Cotton bath towels can cause hair to feel rough, tangle easily, and get frizzy. Using a microfiber towel to dry your hair is gentler, yielding a higher absorbency, and helps to reduce friction that can cause frizz + breakage.
5. Comb Hair Carefully
Dry hair in the winter tends to tangle, the key is to avoid combing your hair when it is wet to prevent hair snapping + breaking. Select a wide-tooth comb, and start combing hair from the mid-lengths while gently combing downwards in order to reduce strain on the scalp, while minimizing the risk of hair breakage.
6. Apply a Deeply Moisturizing Hair Treatment
In the winter season the scalp can get dry, flaky and itchy due to the lack of moisture in the air and turning up the heat inside. This can lead to irritation and flakes that can cause hair fall. Using a hydrating, nourishing and soothing formula like Thermal Obsession works to nourish the scalp and replenishes moisture into strands by penetrating and sealing in moisture into the layers of the hair.
Pro tip: Give yourself a relaxing scalp massage which helps to improve blood circulation to the scalp, helping to nourish and simulate the hair follicles which may show an improvement in hair growth!
7. Invest in a Humidifier
Making an investment in a humidifier can go a long way in helping to help keep hair hydrated, soft and healthy in the winter months! With the transitions of cold, dry air outside with the warmer temperatures inside, this can draw moisture out of your tresses during the harsh fluctuations in temperatures during the winter season. Humidifiers work to rehydrate the air while balancing the moisture levels inside a room to help prevent hair dryness + breakage.
8. Avoid Excessive Heat Styling
Since hair is brittle and more delicate in the winter season, using heat styling tools can exacerbate hair breakage + scalp dryness. Avoid blow drying as it can draw moisture from the scalp and out of hair. By embracing our natural hair texture and allowing hair to air dry, this minimizes the damage caused by excessively heat styling.
Pro tip: Taking a shower in the evening allows hair to air dry without touching your tresses without a dryer!
9. Don't Leave the house with Wet Hair
When wet hair is exposed to cold air in the winter, the hair shaft expands + makes your strands prone to breakage and can cause hair color to fade. Giving your hair extra time to air dry will help prevent breakage as well as the loss of hydration and color.
Pro tip: Modifying your morning routine, and washing hair at night can offer healthy hair in the winter time.
10. Get Regular Trims
The cold temperatures and dry air in the winter can cause hair breakage and split ends. To prevent further winter hair damage, trim the dry ends off your hair every four to eight weeks to keep hair looking fresh, healthy and hydrated in the winter.