It’s that time of year when the weather is cold, wet and grey. It may be a little depressing, but it’s far worse for your skin and hair, so it’s important to protect your hair from the elements this winter. In case you need a few ideas, here are some ways you can keep your hair shiny, healthy and strong all winter long, which could help to minimise breakage and hair loss.
Wearing a hat is a great way to protect your hair (and scalp) from the cold. If you’re worried about the dreaded ‘hat hair’, choose a silk knit option, or wrap your hair in a silk scarf under a woollen hat, which can help to protect your hair from damage and reduce static.
Moisturise your scalp
A healthy scalp equals healthy hair, and many scalp conditions, such as seborrhoeic dermatitis and dandruff, can actually lead to hair loss. Your scalp needs moisture in the same way that the rest of your body does, and cold winter weather can be really drying, causing an itchy, flaky scalp. Try a nourishing oil treatment once a week to keep your scalp healthy – organic coconut oil makes a great scalp mask and can also to help moisturise and condition your hair naturally.
Skip the shower
It’s fine to shower daily, but experts recommend washing your hair less during the winter months to avoid dry, damaged and brittle hair. Two to three times a week is perfect, and if you need to use dry shampoo in between washes, that’s fine.
Humidify your home
Central heating can be drying for your skin, hair and scalp, so why not invest in a humidifier to combat the effects of heating? You’d be surprised by the stylish range you can find, and they’ll help restore moisture to your hair, without the need to turn your heating off.
Make sure you always dry your hair thoroughly before going outside in the cold. Wet hair plus freezing cold air can lead to dry, brittle hair that’s easily damaged. Use a good heat protecting spray or a spritz of light hair oil before blow drying your hair, and cover up with a hat if it’s snowing or raining out there!
Don’t over-brush your hair or try to detangle it when it’s wet. Your hair can naturally be more dry and damaged during the winter months, so try using a weekly deep conditioning treatment and detangling with a wide-toothed comb or specialist brush, like a Tangle Teezer, when hair is no less than 50% dry. Gentle brushing can help stimulate your scalp and spread natural oils throughout your hair to protect it from the elements, but overdo it and you’ll end up with a sore scalp and greasy, damaged hair!
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