WINTER HAIRCARE: Tips for Healthy Hair
Freezing cold winters can be very harsh on your hair, leaving it dry, frizzy and full of static. Today I’m going to share my winter haircare tips for how I keep my hair healthy and hydrated during the colder months. Just like extreme heat, extreme cold can also have a negative affect on your hair. Keep reading to learn more about my winter haircare tips and check out my video down below.
1) Protect your hair from the elements:
My biggest tip for protecting your hair during the winter months is preventing it from being exposed to the elements in the first place! When going outside I wear my hair in a protective hairstyle (such as a braid) and tuck it into my coat or under a scarf so it’s not exposed to the freezing air.
I also love wearing hats in the colder months to keep warm, however winter hats are typically made from materials like wool or acrylic that rub against your hair causing frizz. To solve this issue, I love wearing a silk or satin cap underneath my hats! Your hair will rub against the smooth material instead of the wool/acrylic. When it’s time to take your hat off, your hair will beautiful and frizz free under the silk cap. No more hat head!
2) Use WARM not hot water when shampooing
It feels amazing to take a steamy hot shower on a cold winters day. However hot water temperatures can suck all the moisture out of your hair, making it more vulnerable to breakage. When having a shower, wash your hair with warm water instead of hot water. You can also finish with a cold water rinse to help increase shine! Pro tip: Use a shower water filter to remove chlorine which can strip moisture from your hair.
3) Extend your Hair Washings
I love to try and extend my hair washings in the winter time. Your scalp produces natural oils to help condition your hair. Therefore you don’t want to strip it away by shampooing everyday. I shampoo my hair every 5-7 days in the colder months. Click here to check out my tips on how to extend your washings. I also suggest using a natural shampoo made nourishing ingredients. My go to shampoo and conditioner in the winter is Calia’s hydrating line. Be gentle on your hair in the winter, it will thank you!
4) Show Your Hair Some Extra Love (Condition!)
Give your hair some extra love and care this winter! It’s very important to condition your hair in the winter. I love using lots of nourishing oils in my hair (such as my favourite Blue Beautifly Amalaki scalp Oil Serum. I also love making DIY deep conditioning hair masks such as my DIY avocado and honey hair mask.
5) Avoid going outside with wet hair
Wet hair can expand and freeze causing breakage. Although I don’t like using heat on my hair, I feel it’s better to gently blow dry your hair, rather than go outside in the cold with wet hair. I only blow dry my hair every once in awhile and use low to medium heat. That being said, I highly recommend avoiding the use of heat tools such as straighteners and curlers altogether because that’s going to lead to damaged hair.
6) Invest In a Humidifier:
During the colder months we more than likely have the heat cranked up. If your hair and skin are feeling the drying effects of indoor heating, it might be worth it to invest in a humidifier. A humidifier will add moisture to the air, which will help prevent dry hair and skin. You can also buy an inexpensive humidity tester to gage how much humidity is in the air.
7) Switch out Plastic Brushes for Wood Brushes:
Dry weather leads to dry hair, which leads to static! Staticky hair is a major hair issue for many of us in the winter. Plastic can cause static, so I suggest switching out plastic combs and brushes for wooden ones. Your hair will thank you! Click here to learn more about the benefits of using a wooden brush.