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Healthy Hair During The Winter Months


While winter weather calls for mulled wine and bundling up in front of a nice cosy fireplace, a winter wonderland can quickly turn your hair into a winter fiasco. Winter weather can be especially brutal on hair because of the cold factor. The constant shift between warm temperatures (being inside), and cold weather (going outside), can cause the cuticle layer of the hair to lift and moisture to leave the hair, making it dry and frizzy. This can lead to dullness, breakage and split ends. Here are some tips to help keep your hair healthy during the winter:

Double Up On Moisturizing
As your hair starts to become frizzy and brittle during the winter months it’s a good chance to give your hair some TLC. It's important to invest in a really rich, thick and moisturising conditioner. Also using a deep conditioning treatment can help replenish and lock in moisture lost from dry hair. It will also create stronger and shiner hair. Applying an overnight hair mask mask does wonders for your strands: it will help replenish and restore the moisture in your dry scalp, which gets depleted due to temperature changes from dry heat indoors and cold winter air.

Wash Less & Wash In Luke Warm Water
Since cold air already dries out hair, there isn’t a need to wash it every day. Doing so may strip your hair of its natural oils and dry it out even more. Cut back to washing your hair 2-3 times a week, and your hair should be able to retain the extra moisture! Also use a sulphate free shampoo. Sulphate is a very common ingredient in shampoo, but it can cause problems for damaged hair as it strips beneficial oils.

Hair is more susceptible to breakage when it’s wet. After showering, try not to rub your hair dry; instead, gently press the water out with a soft, microfiber towel. Comb your hair softly with a wide-tooth comb when it’s damp, working from the ends upwards. We recommend using a soft brush and waiting until your hair is 80% air-dry before combing and blow drying, as harsh bristles on a hairbrush can tear up your hair follicles.

Trim Regularly:
Wind can create split ends, along with dry and brittle hair, so getting a trim every 6-8 weeks during the winter months will help keep your hair healthy and strong, but also reduce the chances of getting split ends. Use dry shampoo for volume if your hair has gone limp. Use a good spray or thickening tonic to help build up the style and add volume. Dry shampoos are great for this: they keep the hair fuller and more robust, and expand the hair shaft.

Cold Showers:
Hot water tends to strip moisture from your hair, and your hair needs all the moisture it can get during the winter. Instead, try to take a warm or lukewarm shower for 10 minutes or less to prevent hair from becoming dry.

Avoid Over Heating Your Hair
Heated styling tools can add insult to injury because we tend to use them more during the cooler months. Although blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons and hot rollers make your hair go from dull to va-va-voom - they’re also a big part of why they may be dry. Fact: Some flat and curling irons heat up to 450 degrees (That’s twice the temperature at which water boils!). Make sure to adjust the temperature settings on your styling tools to avoid damaging your hair, especially in the case of flat irons and rollers, which come in direct contact with dry hair.

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