Brittle, dull, and frizzy: It's the characteristic trio of bad hair days in the winter. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. Follow these winter hair care tips for lovely, healthy hair through the season.
If you're vulnerable to an itchy, dry scalp during the winter, try washing your hair less often. Why? Your scalp is already being exposed to harsh weather which may be causing it to dry out and cleansing more often may lead to an even drier scalp. Opt for a gentle dry shampoo if your hair needs a lift in between washes.
Dry Your Hair Before Stepping Outside
You may be used to leaving the house in a rush with damp hair, but avoid it at all costs during the winter. Haircare expert James Corbett told SELF magazine that going outside with wet hair "puts you at risk for breakage and makes your color fade faster." Try to plan your drying and styling time before bed to make this more manageable.
Say Goodbye To Static
You're wrapped up in your cozy scarves and sweaters only to find that they cause your hair to be static and frizzy. The real culprit, however, is dry hair. Try using a vented hairbrush with a combination of plastic and boar bristles when combing your hair during the winter. In addition, wash your hair with lukewarm water instead of hot water to avoid stripping your hair of natural oils that protect it. To complete the routine, use a lightweight hair oil to lock in moisture, nourish your hair and prevent static and frizz.
Get Your Mask On
We all love a good beauty mask, but winter is the time to give your hair the same treatment. Hair masks can help revive and nourish your hair especially after it’s been exposed to harsh temperatures – whether it’s cold weather outside or styling heat at home. During winter, try using a hydrating mask with nourishing ingredients to replenish your locks.
Lower The Heat
Curling irons, hairdryers and other styling products powered by heat can lead to additional split ends, breakage and dryness during the winter. Forgo the heat if you can, styling your hair in braids, buns, and ponytails to give your strands a break from the intense heat. When you do style your hair with heated appliances, make sure you're using heat-protectant products to prevent and reduce damage caused by hot styling tools.
Keep these winter hair care tips in mind and you'll be saying goodbye to winter hair woes and hello to gorgeous strands all year long. For more hair care advice, click here.