With the winter season starting in just a few weeks, I am not ready for the temperature to drop. I want Summer back, please. The temperatures only get as low as the 20’s or 30’s during the winter where I live, and I know some places go way below zero so I can’t really complain. When it gets that cold, there are many threats to the health of our hair. Cold, dry air, leaves natural hair dry. Even the coats and hats that we wear to keep us warm can cause damage to our hair. With that being said here are 5 tips that will help you to avoid breakage and dryness during the winter.
#1 Get a professional trim. When the seasons change, you need to make an appointment with your hair stylist to get your ends trimmed. This helps you stay on track and not go too far between trims. A professional trim removes all of the split ends, which is a number one cause of hair breakage. It also gives your stylist a chance to evaluate the health of your hair and determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed before heading into the next season.
#2 Deep condition weekly. If you aren’t already doing weekly deep conditioning treatments, shame on you! LOL! No really, the wintertime is a season when you should add deep conditioning into your regimen. Deep conditioning helps improve and maintain the moisture-protein balance of our hair, which helps improve elasticity. Elasticity also helps avoid breakage since the hair is more flexible.
Our Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner infuses hair with protein and moisture to restore dry and damaged hair. Our deep penetrating conditioner is made with complex amino acids from wheat, soy and other natural ingredients that help restore moisture to damaged and dry hair. If you already deep condition weekly, consider using a hooded dryer or even steam during your treatment for deeper penetration.
#3 Include leave-in conditioner in your styling routine. Don't miss this step as it is essential. Add an additional layer of moisture to your hair by using a leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners are light-weight so they won’t weigh down your hair. They are designed to penetrate the hair strand which helps keep the hair conditioned and moisturized longer. This is key in the winter months when our hair dries out faster.
Related: Benefits of Leave In-Conditioners.
Our ultra-moisturizing White Peony Leave-In Conditioner is lightweight but packed with natural and organic ingredients to help give your hair the moisture and protection it needs. This leave-in has been formulated to seal in moisture, smooth hair follicles, and tame frizzies and flyaways. This product is just what you need for both daily styling and to help protect hair from winter weather.
#4 Satin is your friend. Please take note of this. During the winter, we wear hats and caps a lot more frequently to help keep our heads warm. Most of them are made from fabrics like cotton that will suck all of the moisture from your hair which is not good at all. There are also some fabrics like wool can cause friction which can dry out the hair even more and cause breakage. Look for satin lined hats and caps, or you can wrap your hair in a scarf or small satin bonnet underneath your hat to help protect your hair. Even if you aren’t wearing a hat, you’re most likely wearing a coat. That friction between your hair and your coat collar can cause dryness and breakage. So covering the collar of your coat with a satin or silk scarf will protect your hair from that friction.
#5 Wear a protective style. It's protective styling season. A simple solution to avoiding breakage during the colder months is to wear your hair in a protective style. There are tons of options to choose from - weaves, wigs, braided or crocheted extensions, and clip-ins. But it is very important to continue to care for your hair underneath these protective styles.
We hope that these tips will help you and your hair survive the colder winter months that are coming our way (or may already be your way). Whether your hair is short or long, you need these tips in your hair life. As you get ready for the winter, are there any other tips you would add to this list?