With the weather outside slowly decreasing hair is in danger of losing its moisture quickly.
Between the cold temperatures outside and the dry heat indoors you will notice extreme dryness in your strands, which ultimately leads to split ends and breakage. You would think damage here is something that would only occur during the summertime madness.
But wintertime is also the season where no matter the hair type or texture your tresses could be in danger and need to keep hydrated.
So what do you need?
Deep conditioning with moist heat will ensure that your hair gets all the goodness your deep conditioner has to offer. If you have a steamer or heating/deep conditioning cap make sure you use it religiously. If you have neither of these items, then break out the shower cap, plastic cap, or grocery bag and a warm towel. Steam will greatly help your hair absorb the ingredients of your deep conditioner and in doing so, your hair will become more moisturized than ever.
2. A moisturizing deep conditioner
A deep conditioner is always important if you have curly, coily, or kinky hair types, but deep conditioners are absolutely essential in the winter time. Thicker, creamier deep conditioners usually work best at this time of year and it is not unusual to find that your staple deep conditioner does not work as well at this time of the year as it did in the summer.
Try to increase the frequency of your deep conditioning sessions, but if you find that this is not possible due to your lifestyle and schedule, at least ensure that you aren’t skipping any of your usual deep conditioning session. Deep condition at least once a week. If you aren’t experiencing any current issues with dryness, twice monthly sessions may suffice. Whatever the frequency, pay attention to your hair and adjust either the frequency or the product accordingly.
3. A rich, creamy leave-in conditioner and moisturizer
Winter is not the time for the watery leave-in conditioners. As may be the case of your staple deep conditioner, your usual leave-in or moisturizer may not pack enough of a punch to knock out winter hair dryness. You may need to go in search of a thicker product in order to provide your hair with the moisture it craves. These leave-in conditioners are affordable and a good place to start if you are on the hunt for a creamier leave-in.
4. A thick oil or heavy butter for sealing
Castor oil or lots of shea butter is just what the doctor ordered this winter. Thick oils and butters are always great for keeping moisture locked in and this is paramount during the colder months.
5. Cute satin-lined beanie or winter hat
Hat hair may not be cute, but dry and breaking hair is even less so. Hats are pretty essential in winter to help trap heat and keep the head warm. If your hat is not satin lined it will not only help to dry the hair out, it can also be abrasive enough to cause damage. Wearing a satin scarf or bonnet beneath your favorite, non-satin lined winter hat will keep your hair protected while your hat keeps your head warm.
6. A go-to protective style
Whether you put your hair into a bun or twists, having a style that protects your hair and in particular your ends is particularly important in this winter. Out styles are out the door in winter if you want to maintain your hair’s moisture levels, health, and length.
There are, however, a few simple steps from Private label that you can follow to avoid your hair becoming a causality of winter’s irregular temps.
- Well there’s another reason why you shouldn’t go out with wet hair, it’s more prone to breakage. When things freeze, they expand, and your hair is no different. When you go outside with wet hair the cuticles swell, lift and become less flexible. Think of each strand like an icicle.
- Extend the time between washes. Shampoo strips the natural oils from your hair, these oils help keep your hair hydrated. If you wash every second day, try to extend to every third day and use a dry shampoo between washes to keep your hair looking fresh. And as satisfying as a hot shower is in winter, hot water can dry your skin, and a dry scalp can lead to flaking.
- A change in weather calls for a change to your shampoo and conditioner. In winter opt for a shampoo and conditioner designed to keep your hair hydrated.
- After washing gently squeeze excess water from hair, then blot dry hair with a towel rather than rubbing it and avoid twisting water out of your hair as this can also lead to breakage. Use a soft towel to dry hair, the softer the towel the gentler it is on your hair, keeping hair cuticles flat rather than roughing them up.
- Choose gentle, hydrating products that include oils such as argan or coconut and consider adding an organic range that are sulfate free.
- As tempting as it is to tame frizz with more regular blow dries or to flatten flyaway with the hair straightener, resist that urge! If your hair is already feeling a little fragile, heat styling will reduce moisture levels further and amplify dry damaged hair.
- When drying hair with a hairdryer don’t forget to use a thermal protectant to keep your hairs cuticles from becoming damaged. ur hair and scalp will thank you for the extra gentle love.
- Embrace warm winter hair tones to limit moisture stripping bleaching and highlights. Instead tone up your hair and add shine with a hair glaze. Hair glazes are just like a deep conditioning treatment, except they also coat the hair with color to bring back life. Or use a colour depositing shampoo to revitalize your colour without chemicals.
- Hydration starts from within, so be sure to drink plenty of water during winter to help keep your hair and scalp healthy, and to prevent dryness, itching and flakiness.
So what's your plan this upcoming holiday?
Let us know if this is helpful on your hair journey this winter season!