Don’t let Old Man Winter steal the moisture from your tresses
The temps are dropping, and we’re pulling out the boots and winter coats. We see you winter! But what you did to care for your hair during the warm months changes with the season. From split ends and hat hair to static electricity and breakage, when winter weather hits, forget a bad hair day; if you’re not careful, it can be bad hair season. Even those of us who live in states with moderate climates are susceptible to changes.
The bad news: No matter how much you might want to, you can’t just hide your hair under a wool cap. The good news: A few simple tweaks is all it takes to protect your locks. Follow these tips to get your hair ready for cold weather:
Moisturize like crazy. Extra heat in our homes and offices causes dryness, so get ready to kick up the moisture a notch. To keep hair hydrated during the cold winter days, moisturize daily, deep condition once a week and consider co-washing three times a week.
Give up wash and go. Frozen hair is no fun. Worse, it could break. Get up extra early (or wash hair the night before) to give your hair time to dry before you leave the house.
Pump up your sealant. The oils you loved over the summer—apricot, coconut, grape seed, jojoba and olive—won’t cut it during winter. So trade those summer-weight oils for heavier versions, like castor oil, or butters, like shea or mango, that are better able to protect your strands from the moisture-sucking temperatures. You’ll need a sealant to slow down the moisture evaporation, so apply the sealant liberally.
Stow your heat tools in storage. Skip the blow dryers, flat irons and hood dryers come winter; they’ll just suck out more moisture. Though air drying takes longer, it’s just as effective for drying your hair, and it won’t deplete your hair’s moisture as fast as heat tools.
Put your hair away for the season. Get a protective style, such as braids, buns or topknots. You won’t be able to deep condition your hair as often, but you won’t need to. A daily moisturizing spritz mixed with oils should be enough for great hydration.
Avoid the rub. If you live in a windy or snowy climate, you need a hat and scarf. The trick is wearing them the right way to avoid damaging your hair. Try sewing a satin or silk lining inside your wool cap.