Winter is here. The good thing is we no longer need to think about sun damage to our hair. We have a summer skin care routine that protects our skin from the rays of the sun and now that it's winter it is time to start thinking about how to get our hair winter ready as it gets drier, wetter and moist.
Like your skin, your hair need a routine that can help it to deal with the winter temperature and cold. Here are a few hair care tips to help get you through the winter months.
Always dry your hair before going outside
Going outside in the winter with wet hair can cause your hair to freeze. Frozen hair becomes more fragile and weak. If your hair is weak it is easier to break or damage the strands. Anything that’s cold expands, and that’s what can happen with your wet hair shaft in the cold weather, which puts you at risk for breakage. Wet hair can also cause your colour to fade faster.
Why not wash your hair at night before going to bed? Dry your hair with a micro fibre towel as this removes most of the water from your hair. This way your strands will be dry in the morning and likely to be less damaged in the cold.
Wash your hair less often
Winter can dry your hair out. Try washing your hair less often than you would in the summer. Wash your hair once or twice a week to let your hair's natural oil repair it. Try to wash your hair when you have time to sit inside and let it dry naturally.
Protect your hair from the elements
Covering your hair will protect it from the snow, wind and cold. We wear a lot of woolly hats to keep our head warm during the cold months. Wool and unnatural fibres can cause your hair to look wild and cause static. When choosing a winter hat choose one with a soft inside lining or wear a silk scarf under your hat.
I recommend a silk scarf because it isn't very porous, therefore it doesn't absorb the moisture out of your hair like cotton or other materials would. Silk scarves can be expensive, so other alternative can be satin or any similar material.
Add extra moisture (especially if you have curly hair)
Dry weather is not good for any type of hair. The only way to combat this and keep your hair moisture during the winter is to add extra moisture. If your hair is natural, curly, wavy, relaxed and coiled it can be sensitive to cold weather. This can cause your hair to become brittle.
Brittle hair can lead to breakage and split ends. We recommend using a heavier-than-usual oil-based moisturiser that will evaporate more slowly to protect textured curls.
Hydrate your hair with serum
We add moisture to our skin at night with a night cream skin - why not do the same for your hair? If you find your hair is really dry use a serum overnight. Using oils or serum can sometimes create a mess on your pillowcase. Why not use an old pillowcase for hydration at night?
We recommend that you apply salon quality serums or a nourishing oil elixir on dry hair right before bed. These products are much better at adding moisture since they pass through dry hair more effectively.