With the winter season comes dryer air, colder weather, and longer nights. Everything and everyone goes through some changes during this time. People start gearing up for the holidays - the vibe is different, plants and trees exchange flowering blossoms and lush leaves with bare branches.
Just like the environment around us, there are few changes that we experience physically during winter that we need to adapt to. Our skin and hair need just a little more love and care during the dry, cold winter season. These days, the weather can be quite harsh, and we need to adjust our skincare and hair care routine accordingly!
Here are some tips and tricks that you can incorporate into your winter hair care routine to make sure that your hair is getting all the love that it needs!
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Winter can sometimes feel like it’s sucking the moisture out of your body. That’s because it is! The air is dry and freezing; your lips start chapping, your skin starts getting rough, and your hair becomes dry and brittle. Because of this, your hair will need tons more moisture than what you usually do with your regular hair care routine especially if you have fine, coarse, or frizzy hair.
Take a few days out of your week to do some hydrating rituals such as hair oiling, deep conditioning, and applying a hair mask. These are a few very effective ways to put some moisture back into your hair. Regular application of hair oil, deep conditioner, and hair mask will improve the condition of your hair during the winter season and protect it from environmental damage and brittleness. If you’re looking for some drastic protection and changes, you can also try doing a keratin treatment. It’ll last you the whole winter, make your hair look and feel amazing, and it will give you that extra layer of protection.
Don’t Forget Your Hat
Another way to protect your hair from the harsh winter and static is to wear a hat. Not only will you keep your head warm, but you’ll also prevent the air from getting to it and causing frizz, dryness, and brittleness. Lining your hat with a silk or cotton cloth will also be beneficial when it comes to retaining the moisture in your hair and keeping the frizz at bay. You can also seal in more moisture by putting in a tiny bit of hair oil or leave-in conditioner on your hair and putting your hat on to let it seep in. Be careful not to put on too much as it might make your hair look a little greasy once you remove your hat.
Keep the Split Ends at Bay
Split ends are practically attached to the winter season. When winter comes, so do the split ends! Make sure that you always speedily take care of split ends or even prevent them from happening. Split ends can be a pain in the butt when they get to a certain stage. Your hair can start splitting higher and higher, making it super brittle, unhealthy, and frizzy.
Get regular trims every 2-3 weeks during the winter season to prevent hair from splitting. Pair that up with some hydrating hair masks 1 or 2 days a week so that your hair continues to absorb the extra nutrition that it needs during the cold weather.
Get a Humidifier
You can’t control the air outside, but thanks to modern technology, now you can. Winter air is naturally dry, staticky, and freezing, and it takes a toll on the state of your skin and hair.
Investing in a humidifier in your home and office is one of the best things you can do not only in the winter season but all year round! A humidifier will keep your hair and skin nice and moisturized with the water vapors that it releases in the air around you. If you like aromatherapy, you can add some smelling fragrance oils that will boost your overall mood as well. It's a great way to keep your hair from drying out indoors.
Shampoo but Don’t Overdo
As much as possible, you will want to retain every single bit of moisture in your hair that you can. That means that washing should be done less frequently. Only wash your hair when it’s absolutely necessary like when you’ve applied some oils, hair masks, or when it starts getting oily. Shampooing is incredibly drying especially if you are using a harsh shampoo with sulfates in it.
When you do need to wash your hair, go for something gentle, cleansing, and moisturizing like the Mayraki Ultra-repairing & Weightless Moisture Shampoo so that your hair stays hydrated but still feels fresh and clean.
Go for Protective Styles
Protective styles are a must during the winter season. The air is full of static and can make your hair frizz and poof up like you just got electrocuted! Keeping your hair contained in a protective style can help out a lot with this. You won’t have your hair flying around and you can keep it controlled in a style that will help retain moisture and prevent the static from getting to it.
Go for styles such as braids, twists, updos, and buns. Be careful not to pull on your hair too much, but make sure that it’s nice and secure and won’t unravel in the middle of the day.
Combat the Frizz
Styling your hair should also change during the winter season. It’s always best to stay away from heat styling during this time. Focus on combating the frizz, dryness, and static with good quality hair products. Your hair is already being ravaged by the winter air, you shouldn’t add any more damage to that.
Instead of heat, use things like gels, leave-in conditioners, creams, and hair oils to style your hair. It may be a little different than heat styling, but you can still make your hair look fabulous in its natural state. Using moisturizing and frizz control products will help keep away the frizz from the static and the dryness of the winter air.
The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway
The cold season is indeed a big challenge for some when it comes to hair care. It can be hard to figure out what to do and what to change in your current hair routine to be able to adapt. But never fear, the cold shouldn’t bother you! You just have to keep in mind a few things about winter: dry, cold, and static. Once you do that, you won’t feel as overwhelmed with trying to figure out what to do.