Winter can be tough on your hair. The wind outside is colder, and the air inside is humid. You have to struggle with static electricity and hat hair daily. Your hair is also more vulnerable to breaking during colder weather. There’s no doubt about it, your hair will take a hammering over the wintertime.
There are ways to protect it, however, regardless of the weather. All it needs is a little extra TLC. The first basic rule is to remember that hair is a type of fibre, so treat it like you would a wool sweater. That means you should avoid burning it with an iron, scorching it with a dryer, or applying harsh chemicals to it as much as possible.
This article discusses the ins and outs of winter hair damage and offers the best strategies for preventing it throughout the season. Let’s go check them out.
What Effect Does Winter Have on Your Hair?
The majority of women have experienced the impact of heat and humidity on their hair. Many, however, are unaware that cold conditions can be just as damaging. Cool, dry air, for instance, can cause the cuticle of a hair strand to rise slightly. As a result, the hair roots are unable to stay hydrated. That’s why many women end up dealing with breakage and annoying frizz during this cold season.
Strong winds in winter can ruin the hair and rob it of moisture. This is particularly true for those of you who have thick, wavy, or long hair. When you expose your hair to strong winds, it becomes more easily snagged and snarled. When you try and brush and detangle your hair, the pulling action of the comb can cause more breakage and split ends. It’s a vicious circle that takes its toll on your hair.
Do You Need To Wash Your Hair In The Winter?
How often you wash your hair depends on how much oil your scalp releases. Keeping your hair and scalp hydrated with conditioner and oil will protect both. If you have greasy hair, you also have to wash it every day to keep it clean.
Products like moisturising shampoo, hot oil therapy, and leave-in conditioner can help. Chemically-treated hair, on the other hand, must be washed less frequently. When you do wash it, use a conditioner that’s best for your hair condition and type. The conditioner will help bond the hair fibres together, making them more robust. It will also prevent static electricity in the wintertime.
Four Ways To Prevent Winter Damage
Winter has its own attractions, but the dehydrated hair that frequently flies in with the snowflakes isn’t one of them. Try using the following tips to reduce winter damage to your hair and ensure it stays silky and moisturised no matter what the weather is doing.
Don’t Trim Ends, Restore Them!
The longer split ends are left untouched, the worse they will get, slowly making their way up the hair strand until severe damage occurs. While regular trims assist in keeping hair strong, applying remedies at home can help partially bind split ends. Find a product that has the dual-action composition to penetrate deeply into damp, newly-washed hair.
Begin A Deep-Conditioning Regimen
Using different moisture-rich hair treatments might help mitigate some of the season’s harsh effects. Ceramide and lactic alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products are a mixture of ingredients that permeate the hair quickly and help restore over-processed hair. Weekly hair mask rotations also provide deeper care that leaves hair silky, pliable and rebuilt.
Take Advantage Of Heat Solutions
Many of you will be looking for hot solutions to get the fun hairstyles you adore as New Year’s Eve approaches. Don’t stress yourself too much about the connection between excessive use of heat and hair loss. Remember, there are ways to protect your hair. Look for hair solutions that help to rebuild your hair’s strength and tenderness from roots to ends.
Keep Your Strands Safe As You Sleep
Your cotton pillowcase might just be making your winter hair problems worse. Cotton is highly absorbent and will suck moisture from your hair as your head rests on the pillow. As you move and turn, hairs cling to the fabric, tugging and even roughing up the hair root. For a smoother glide, use satin or silk pillowcases, or tie a satin scarf around your hair in a retro style to cover it while you sleep.
Hair suffers a lot in winter. Cold, dry air and the severity of winter weather can damage your hair and make it more susceptible to breaking. It can make your hair look dull and more prone to dandruff, split ends and static. Using the suggestions outlined above will keep your hair nourished and healthy.
Some hair damage is reversible, and the same applies to some types of hair loss. Spotting the problem early is key. Vinci Hair Clinic offers a free consultation to all our new clients. Get in touch today and book your appointment!