As the seasons change you many notice the condition of your hair change as well. Between the low temperatures, arctic winds, the sun and the dry heat indoors your hair can become very dry. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle with a season full of bad hair days. Follow these preventative and protective measures and your hair should stand up to the coldest elements.
Heat produced from an indoor heating system is very dry and can dry out your hair. Using a humidifier to increase moisture in the air will assist the humectants with keeping your hair hydrated.
Reduce chemical treatments
This beauty process already damages hair regardless of the season. Instead of highlighting hair look into getting low lights or coloring your hair with ammonia or peroxide free treatments.
Conditioning your hair will keep it healthy and moisturized. Select a conditioner that contains soy protein and panthenol, these ingredients attract and hold moisture in the hair. Also be sure to choose the correct conditioner for your hair type. You should deep condition at least once a week in the winter.
– For thick or curly hair, deep condition with a thick, rich moisturizing conditioner. With these hair types, the hair’s natural oils tend to sit at the roots leaving the rest of the hair dry. So you may not have to apply conditioner at the scalp. In this instance you can apply the product about 2 inches away from the root.
– For thin, fine hair use a regular conditioner after shampooing and follow up with a light leave in conditioner that won’t weigh down your hair.
– Additionally, remember to increase moisture in the areas of your hair that tend to dry out the most often, like the older hair at the ends.
Well conditioned hair usually doesn’t have static electricity. Also brushing your hair with a natural boar bristle brush with a wooden handle can further reduce static.
Reduce exposure to heat
Another way to retain moisture is by reducing your hair’s exposure to heating tools. Stopping all together might be better but I’m not sure if we can all do that. When you’re blow drying your hair use a dryer that has tourmaline and stop once your hair is dry. Tourmaline breaks down water molecules making the drying process faster and easier. Use the lower heating setting on all heating tools and after a curling iron has been on your hair for 15-20 seconds, it should be curled.
Wash your hair in warm water as hotter temperatures can dry it out. And don’t bother to give yourself a chill with a shot of cold water for added shine, it’s a myth.
Products to avoid
Steer clear of products that build up on your hair, like silicone (ingredients ending in –cone). During the winter months you should use clarifying shampoos less. The sulfates, cleaning agent, in them tend to dry hair by stripping away the natural oils. Instead of silicone to guard your hair from the elements opt for an oil such as olive or coconut oil to seal in moisture, but use in moderation.
Fight the elements
Protect your hair from the sun and cold elements. This can be done in a couple different ways. You can style your hair up or at least cover it with a scarf or hat. Stain or silk material (or lined inside the hat) is recommended to reduce friction and further moisture loss. Also, always use products with sunscreen. The sun can be damaging to hair and skin all year round.
Follow these tips and you should be able to maintain healthy and hydrated hair during the iciest time of the year.
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