Taming those tresses during the winter months can turn into a part-time job. Whether you’re dealing with unruly curls, attempting an at-home blow out or tackling flyaways on a daily basis, avoiding a bad hair day during winter can seem like an impossible mission. Fortunately, there are some ways to protect your hair during the winter season so that you don’t have to deal with frizz, static cling and dried out strands throughout the season. Using certain types of products and hair care strategies can help to strengthen your hair and prevent many of those winter hair woes.
Use some of these tips to protect your hair during winter, and keep those tresses looking silky, soft and smooth all season long:
Make Time for a Weekly Moisture Infusion
One of the best ways to protect hair during winter is to make sure it stays moisturized. A lack of moisture can make your hair appear dry and dull, and can also make it vulnerable to breaking and split ends. Use a moisture-infusing deep conditioning treatment at least once per week, or a hot oil treatment that will restore lost moisture to the scalp and roots. These products can leave your hair feeling super-soft and silky, and will also add a protective layer to the cuticle which prevents further damage.
Be Blowdryer Savvy
You probably won’t be able to let your hair dry naturally during the winter months because going outside in the cold with wet hair can increase the chances of breakage. This means more time with the blowdryer so you’ll need to play it smart when using this styling tool. Part your hair into sections and blow dry each section slowly using a round brush and with the blowdryer on a medium to low setting. Too much heat can severely damage your hair and make your scalp dry out faster. You can also use a heat protectant spray or a serum to protect your strands before it’s exposed to the heat.
Use the Right Flat Iron Protocol
Flat irons are among the many popular heated styling tools that can seriously damage your locks during the winter season. You need to take extra steps to protect your hair from the heat so that you’re not burning those precious strands upon each use. Protect your hair when using heated styling products with a heat-protectant spray. These sprays prevent the heat plates from causing excessive damage, and can also leave you with a very smooth and silky finish. Some of these sprays will also act like a barrier around the hair, preventing damage from the harsh winds and cold temperatures of winter.
Wear a Scarf or Hat Outdoors
Whether you’re hitting the slopes or just taking a brisk walk outside this winter, protect your scalp and hair from the harsh weather by wearing a hat or wrap a scarf around your head. You want to make sure that the scarf or hat is just tight enough to hold your hair in place, but not too tight that it prevents circulation to your scalp. This layer of protection can help to prevent excess damage and breakage, and can also help to preserve shine.
Avoid Washing Hair in Hot Water
Long, hot showers during the winter season can be a real treat for the body but you will need to avoid washing your hair at the same time. Enjoy a hot bath or shower, but protect your hair with a shower cap. Switch to a warm or cool setting when it’s time to shampoo and condition your hair. This strategy will prevent over drying of the scalp and strands, and can leave your hair looking shinier and softer.