7 Ways to Protect Your Hair From Damage During the Winter
While we’re bundling up under sweaters and parkas, and switching our face moisturizers out for thicker balms and denser oils, sometimes we neglect another part of our bodies: our hair. During the winter, strands can range from feeling dry and brittle to frizzy and full of static. Hair can seem unable to hold a style, or it can go just plain flat.
Thankfully, there are easy natural remedies to protect your hair from damage during the winter. With our seven tips below, you can coax those locks back into luscious, full and healthy hair.
Keep reading for seven ways to protect your hair from damage during the winter.
1. Deep condition your hair.
From time to time, our hair needs some tender loving care. Treat it once a week with a deep conditioning treatment to lock in moisture that has been lost from cold, dry air of the winter. Deep conditioning will not only soften strands, but it will also make it shinier and stronger. We suggest this coconut-banana hair treatment or this high-protein hair mask.
2. Wash less frequently.
Some of us want to wash our hair daily because of the sweat and grime that feels like it’s accumulated all day (hello HIIT workout!). But since cold air causes hair to dry out, there’s even less of a need to wash it every day during the winter. Plus, daily shampooing can end up stripping away the natural oils from your hair and drying it out even more. Instead, consider washing locks two to three times a week. This can help hair retain moisture and all its hydrating natural oils.
3. Consider a trim.
Dry, harsh winter wind can cause hair to become brittle. And when hair is brittle, it becomes prone to split ends. To avoid this predicament altogether, consider getting a trim. Ideally, hair experts suggest trimming your strands once every six to eight weeks. Not only will it keep hair strong and healthy, but it will also reduce the chances of split ends.
4. Have a cold shower.
When it is cold outside, a hot bath can sound extra tempting. But scalding water can impact your hair in the same way it can dry out your skin. Hot water eliminates natural oils from your hair, which can deprive it of the moisture it needs. That doesn’t mean you should skip a hot shower completely—just keep the temperature in check, and limit your shower to under 10 minutes to avoid dull, dry strands. A cold rinse at the end of your shower can help seal your hair’s cuticle, and lock in moisture and shine too.
5. Go au naturale.
Frigid temperatures can already be too much for your hair to handle. Hot styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons can contribute to dryness (all year round). Try air drying hair over night (pin damp hair into a very loose high bun to get some beachy waves) to combat dullness and breakage. Or, if you want to use hot tools on the regular, add a leave-in conditioner to your routine for extra protection.
6. Humidify your home.
Having a centralized heating system can cause your scalp and hair to dry out even more than usual (car heaters count too!). Consider investing in a quality humidifier to fight the effects of indoor heating. A humidifier can work wonders, restoring lost moisture in your hair and keeping everything (skin included) in balance.
7. Cover your melon.
One of the easiest ways to protect your hair from the cold is to wear a cap or hat. Your strands aren’t exposed to harsh winds or chilly temps if it’s covered. To avoid the dreaded hat hair, try a silk scarf as a chic way to protect locks against damage from harsh weather and unnecessary static.
Looking for more tips on protecting hair and skin? Try our DIY masks and at-home recipes.