Winter can play havoc on your hair. The outside is cold, the air is dry and inside we have the heating on. All of these elements can leave your hair dehydrated and therefore it’s more prone to breakage. If this is how your hair is feeling this winter then follow our tips to get your healthier hair which looks hydrated and beautiful once again!
- Reduce Heat
Although there’s nothing better than a hot bath or shower when it’s cold outside, the heat from the water can strip moisture from both your hair and skin. Aim to have baths/ showers which are lukewarm as opposed to hot and reduce the amount of time you spend in the water. If you really can’t resist, then use a shower cap to protect your hair.
- Night Time Hydration
Try and use hair oils at night in your hair; it’s like using a night cream on your face. Choose an oil which contains Omga-3 fatty acids such as baobab oil and apply this into your hair every night. To protect your hair and pillow, wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf.
A great way to indulge your dry feeling hair is to treat it with products which moisturise it and ideally use a moisturiser which is oil based.
- Don’t Shampoo as Much
Women shampoo does gently cleanse and remove dirt from the hair, however it also strips away the natural oils that are in your hair which keep it feeling soft and looking healthy. Aim to shampoo your hair only once or twice a week to keep it well hydrated. If you suffer with oily hair then consider using a dry shampoo in between washes.
- Refrain from Heat Styling
We all love to curl, straighten and blow dry our hair but it does cause mayhem with our hair and as a result we suffer with breakage and split ends. Where possible, allow your hair to dry naturally and try and give curling irons and straighteners a break. If you can’t stop heat styling then always remember to use a protection spray. Additionally, you could style our hair in ways that protect it from the heat such as ponytails, buns, braids and twists which allow our hair a break from the heat.
- Scalp Massage
If your scalp if feeling dry or itchy this winter then consider giving your scalp a massage with moisturizer such as coconut oil. Argan oil, Moroccan oil or Jojoba oil before you wash your hair. Not only will your hair fid this deeply nourishing, it will also help to replenish any lost oils.
- Remember to Condition
This sounds obvious but conditioning is a must as part of your hair care routine. If you find that your hair is static then this is another sign of dryness. As well as a normal women conditioner, also use a leave in conditioner for deep conditioning which will help with to make your hair smooth and sleek and help with dryness
- Deep Conditioning Each Week
Try and use a moisturising mask at least once a week or twice if you are able to. A mask can make a huge difference to your hair, especially one that’s enriched with butters and oils.
- Head Wear
The outside elements can affect our hair, so whenever you head outside remember to grab a hat or wear a jacket with a hood which will protect your hair from the weather outside. If you have curly hair then you will need to choose your material carefully. Cotton, wool and some other fabrics can cause breakage and split ends. A good tip is to line hats made of cotton, acrylic and wool with satin or silk.
- Regular Hair Cuts
Eve though we know we need to have our hair trimmed regularly to stop split ends from worsening, it’s easy to forget. Make a note in your calendar to remember to get your hair cut every 4-8 weeks for shorter hair and every 2-3 months for longer hair.
- Drink Plenty
If you are dehydrated then your hair will be too. In fact, if you don’t drink enough then your hair will be prevented from growing. Try and drink. Around 3 litres of water a day and carry a water bottle around with you to help you to remember to drink more.
- Consider a Humidifier
Both radiators and heaters dry out the air as well as your hair. For this reason, consider investing in a humidifier to prevent the air from getting too dry.
- Eat Healthy Fats
To keep your hair healthy, shiny and help it to grow, make sure you are getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids. Your body is not able to produce these by itself, so be sure to add sardines, nuts, avocados and salmon to your diet.
- Avoid Going Out with Wet Hair
Going out with wet hair can damage your hair as it will make your hair cold. The issue with this is when your hair is cold it expands and this can cause damage to the hair. If you like to wash your hair in the morning, it’s best not to in the winter and try and wash it in the evenings instead.