The weather changes with every season and therefore, so must your haircare routine. There are certain aspects of your haircare rituals that must be kept up all year round to make sure your hair stays healthy. However, winter needs you to sprinkle some extra special TLC into your routine so that your hair feels as cheerful as all the festivities around you. Read on for our top winter haircare tips for happy hair.
Protect Your Hair from the Cold
The cold winter weather isn’t kind to your hair. The dry air, cold rain and snow can all rob it of its natural moisture and make it prone to breakage. Wear a hat or a scarf to protect your hair from the elements. You’ll keep nice and warm too!
Make sure your hat or scarf isn’t too tight to prevent sweat from building up. If you’re wearing a hat, get one with a silk lining to prevent frizz and prevent hair damage from friction from materials like wool. We needn’t say more about silk scarves other than “Oomph! That’s Classy!”.
Use a Humidifier Indoors
Whether it’s a log fire or a radiator, indoor heating simply sucks the moisture out of the air and dries your hair out in the process. Fight indoor dryness by investing in a humidifier. Both your hair and your skin will be grateful that you did.
Hair Washes: Less is More
Hat hair, frizz, and extreme dryness can collectively tempt you to wash your hair fairly frequently during the colder months. The frequent use of shampoo strips hair of much-needed natural oils, dries your scalp out and causes it to start producing more sebum. The result? Excess scalp build up that flakes and feels itchy. Try and limit your hair washes to a couple of times a week.
If you have oily hair or feel like you must wash more frequently, a dry shampoo should do the trick.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to condition during every wash. A leave-in conditioner post-wash will protect your hair from the harsh winter elements while you’re out and about.
Get Used to Not So Hot Showers
It’s tempting to get into a steamy shower when the weather is cold – and we say go for it! Just not when you’re washing your hair. Hot water strips your hair and scalp of its natural moisture, and we know how that goes. Keep the temperature as low as you can comfortably do so and give your hair a cool rinse to seal the cuticles if you’re brave enough to.
Don’t Go Out with Wet Hair
Apart from being a fast track to a winter cold, stepping out with wet hair can cause it to freeze and break. Use a hairdryer on a cool setting to dry your hair out after a wash if you’re stepping out immediately after.
Moisture: More is More
There’s no such thing as too much moisture (even for oily textures!) when it comes to your hair in winter. Use a hair treatment before your hair wash once a week to replenish moisture. Massage your scalp with a hair treatment half an hour before washing it. The massage also helps improve blood circulation to your scalp helping your hair grow better.
Use a weekly hair mask for a deep moisturizing treatment that keeps your hair soft and hydrated and repairs dry damaged hair.
Use a Heat Protection Spray
While you ought to try using heat styling tools as little as possible (they dry your hair out etcetera etcetera), let’s be realistic. The festive season is going to make you want to style your hair and look your best whenever you step out. Keep heat settings as low as you can to still achieve the look you want and make sure you use a heat protecting spray before you apply any heat to your hair.
Trim Your Hair
A lot of hair damage starts at the ends of your hair before working its way up. Combat hair damage by getting your hair trimmed regularly. Depending on your hair type, how fast it grows and the damage it’s prone to – we recommend getting a trim every 6 – 8 weeks on average.
The Ivy Hair & Extension Lounge is your one stop shop for all your winter hair care needs. Get in touch with us to book an appointment today.