What’s not to love about winter? The coldest of seasons brings with it beautiful sights of snowy forests, fun snow sports, cozy at-home-ambiance, binge watching tv shows and movies, comfy pajamas, and washing our hair less often than usual.
Sure, it’s long, cold, and wet. Struggling with our hair during the colder months is completely normal. Just like with heat, extreme cold has negative effects on the hair. We experience more dryness, more split ends, and more static.
How to keep hair healthy and hydrated during the colder months:
We've prepared an essential hair care survival guide for those colder days.
1. Prevent exposure. We want to protect our hair like we would protect our hands from the cold. Wearing the hair in a protective style is the best way to do so. A braid or a low bun tucked into the winter coat or a hat is the best option. Synthetic fabrics tend to damage or create more static than usual, so a good option is to use a silk cap under the winter beanie to avoid breakage.
2. Avoid hot water. It feels good to warm up with a steaming hot shower, however “hot temperatures suck out the moisture from the hair, making it vulnerable to breakage.” A great tip is to shower with hot water - if you can’t handle anything less during the colder months - but wash and rinse with warm water. If you dare, do a cool rinse after to make your hair look shinier.
3. Extend hair washing days. Shampoo strips away the natural oils that do the job of protecting the hair. Winter is the perfect time to start extending the washing days and swiftly concealing any bad hair days under the coat. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and a conditioner with no silicones to avoid further irritating the scalp and drying out the strands. We recommend the Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner.
4. Don’t go out with wet hair. When hair is wet, it’s 3 times more fragile than when it’s dry. Never -and I mean never- go outside with wet or humid hair. It can freeze and break! Although we don’t recommend using heat, we do recommend drying it before going out. Blow dry your hair with low to medium heat.
5. Give hair extra love and care during these months. Conditioning the hair in the winter time is very important to help add hydration back into the hair. Being consistent with moisturizing the hair can be done in many ways: using a lightweight balancing conditioner that can work as a leave-in after the shower, deep conditioning treatments that include locking moisture ingredients, or sealing the ends with your favorite hair oil when it starts to feel frizzy.
6. Invest in a humidifier. The cold makes us crank up our heaters and it dries up the environment we live in, making both our hair and skin lose moisture. We can add moisture back into the air by setting a humidifier in the room we are most often in.
7. Eliminate static hair. Hair conducts energy and when there is an imbalance of ions (two positive charges that repel each other) static energy causes the hairs to stand on end. Avoid heat at all costs. Blow dryers and straighteners completely dry out the hair from any water stored in the strands. Protect it by finishing with a little bit of cold-pressed marula or grapeseed oil. Finally, we recommend switching out your plastic brush or comb to one that is made out of wood or bamboo to eliminate extra static.
Take this time to really focus on taking care of your hair, follow your personalized Hair Routine -the method that tells you which essential elements your hair needs- and slowly eliminate the little things that you know are damaging the strands. Follow these tips and along with your Hair Routine and reveal your best hair this summer!