7 Tips to Combat Winter Hair

Article by: Cristal Orpilla, RN

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Split  ends.

Dry frizz.

Static electricity.

Hat hair.

Enough said! Cooler temps and fewer hours of sunlight, no doubt, lead to treatment of these winter hair demands. Read on for some tips on how your hair can survive the dread of winter.

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1. Cover your crown
If you are going to be outside, especially in extreme temperatures or wind,  protect your hair from the elements. The sun doesn’t hibernate during winter months, and can also be as damaging in winter as it is in summer! So protect your crowning glory with a loose hat or pretty silk scarf.  Avoid restricting the scalp to ensure circulation to keep the roots healthy.

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2. Shampoo less

Avoid shampooing your hair too often so that your natural hair oils are not depleted due to excessive washing. In cold weather, both the hair and scalp dry out very easily.  If your hair gets oily easily, dry shampoo at the roots freshens your style while keeping natural oils at the ends to prevent breakage. It also prolongs that blowout a day or two,  so less heat styling is used! My faves:  Tresseme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo helps me keep that sleek blowout an extra 2 days longer!

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3. Treat & Condition your hair
Your shield against the harsh winter season is a rich conditioner. Condition your hair every time you wash it because it increases  the elasticity, strength and shine hair. Give yourself hair treatments more often during the winter months. Be it oil massage or a deep conditioning mask, treatments increase  scalp blood circulation. Massaging your hair with masks that have coconut, almond, olive, jojoba,  or rosemary oil is a good way of replenishing the natural nutrients in your hair and scalp. NaturalTech Nourishing Hair Building Pak by Davines is enriched with conditioning omega-9, keratin and hydrolyzed keratin, this nourishing and restructuring mask leaves hair soft, shiny and full-bodied.

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4. Limit Chemical Processing

Overprocessing of hair is especially damaging during winter months, and can leave hair drier than a broomstick.  Try to limit full-head hair coloring, highlights, chemical straightening, and perming.  If you do need to cover the grays at the roots, opt for root touch-ups and conditioning color enhancers to keep hair vibrant.  To keep my roots in check and limit chemical processing of my dry tresses, TouchBack Plus is a sulfate-free, foam application shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in system that gently blends away gray and provides rich color and protect against fading between permanent colorings.

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5. Avoid Excessive Heat

Baby, it’s cold outside,  we know! But no matter how good it feels to have  steaming hot water in winter, it is a complete no-no. Heat from water can leave your scalp dry, skin flaky, and hair brittle. Wash your hair with lukewarm water instead, and if you can bear it, finish off with a cool rinse to seal in moisture.

Avoid using heated appliances as much as possible because blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons dry hair out even more in winter.  If you absolutely must use heat styling products, prep your hair beforehand by using a leave-in conditioner and  use cooler settings,  and use the blow dryer when your hair is 50% air dried. I loove Farouk Chi Royal Treatment Hair Dryer because it allows absolute control of the heat settings.

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6. Fight back static

We all had fun rubbing a balloon on our head to make hair stand,  but hair static now is just not the look we want!  Hair static is caused by a lack of hair moisture. Keeping hair conditioned will help to prevent static electricity. Avoid fly-aways by brushing hair with natural bristles like wood or boar bristle, not plastic. Another way is to use a sheet of fabric softener, give hair a few swipes to help control frizz. Of course, a haircare system like Nexxus Frizz Defy that has lightweight ingredients like Argan oil and coconut extract gently and evenly smooth hair to protect against frizz and dryness.

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7. Amp up the Moisture

Just as skin needs added moisture during cold, dry weather, so too does hair.  Opt to use haircare products that are rich in moisturizers such as Argan oil, avocado oil, jojoba extract, and Monoi oil. Try to limit shampoos that contain a high content of  sulfates,  because this tends to strip hair of natural oils and can leave the hair dry. Redken All Soft does exactly what it says from the first wash.  Hair actually feels softer, lighter, and moisturized.

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Cristal

Cristal

Online Editor, Beauty Writer at Beauty-Goodies
As a New York City-based registered nurse with backgrounds in pharmacology, medical research, medical spa aesthetics, and cosmetic dermatology, Cristal became interested in the ways people go about achieving beauty. When she's not working full-time at Cornell Medical Center or performing aesthetic treatments at a midtown NYC medical spa, she daylights as a beauty writer, and has a penchant for scoring sample sale treasures, bellydancing, playing dress-up, and of course, chatting about beauty goodies.
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2 thoughts on “7 Tips to Combat Winter Hair

  1. Naina

    My frizz is actually super under control in the winter time, but static is my greatest enemy. Great tips, perhaps my hair will decide to obey for once.

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