And you thought there couldn’t be anything worse for your hair than summer! If your hair is constantly affected by the changing of the seasons, you are likely suffering from the seasonal hair disorder. Oops, no need to panic because this is not a life-threatening disease. It may be threatening to your sanity and self-confidence, though.
You are not alone. Winter brings with it harsh biting winds and freezing temperatures that can wreak havoc on anyone’s hair. Indoor heating and low humidity further aggravates the situation. Hair can easily become dry, dull and boring. And with so many holidays looming, this condition can spell disaster.
Keep your hair shiny and beautiful during the winter season by keeping a few things in mind. Here are the top 6 winter hair care tips for you to follow.
- Always wear a hat
Your mother probably told you countless times to bundle up before going outside, especially when it is snowing. Protective clothing should include wearing a hat, cap or scarf to protect your hair. Hair strands are delicate and can be easily damaged by the cold wind and snow. Choose natural fibers because wool and acrylic generate static and cause flyaway hair.
- Skip the shampoo
You can damage your hair follicles and cuticles when you use shampoo every day. Shampoo washes away the natural oils along with dirt and grime from your hair. Alternate the use of a dry shampoo method with a regular shampoo. Dry shampoo products are commercially available but you can use baby powder as dry shampoo to blot out the excess oil on your hair.
- Deep condition
Use deep conditioners every time you wash your hair to help repair any potential damage in your hair especially those that are not yet visible. Choose cream-based, heavy conditioners and let it stay on your hair for at least 10 minutes before rinsing off. Deep conditioning helps to keep your hair strands protected and moist.
- Keep showers warm and short
Avoid taking hot showers. Hot water strips away the natural protective oils on your hair so be sure to use shower with warm water only. Likewise, extended exposure of your hair to water can cause your hair to become dry. Keep your showers short.
- Do not go out with wet hair
Avoid going outdoors with your hair still damp from your shower. The cold weather outside can freeze your hair and cause split ends and hair breakage. Dry your hair immediately after your shower. If you want to use a hair dryer, use the low or cool setting of your hair dryer to prevent further damage to your hair.
- Use Argan oil daily
This oil can be used as a leave-on conditioner and is an excellent way of keeping hair moisturized. The oil is packed with essential fatty acids that help seal in moisture and nourish hair. These nutrients effectively prevent hair from becoming dull and dry. Massage Argan oil on your hair and scalp daily.
Prevent seasonal hair disorder with these winter hair care tips.