As our weather is getting colder, especially at night, it’s time to look at ways to take better care of your hair and skin to prevent dry itchy skin, unruly flyways, and frizz, brittle hair, and dry split ends. Just like your skin, your hair needs an extra dose of attention during the winter months.
Here are some hair care tips to get you through the winter season with healthy, nourished, manageable hair.
Stop the Hot Water
I know, who doesn’t love a hot shower to warm you up, whether it’s early morning or at night when you’ve been outside in the cold? A hot shower can help to warm the bones and rejuvenate you after a long day. It also can, however, wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Hot water can strip your scalp and skin of its natural oils, drying up your hair shaft and causing dry, scaly skin. We recommend turning down the temperature, rinsing your hair in lukewarm water, and shortening your shower time. If you can handle it, switching to cool water as you rinse your hair will help to seal the hair follicles, locking in moisture.
Cut Back on Hair Washes
You don’t need to wash your hair every day. In the winter, even fewer hair washings can be good for you. Frequent hair washing can alter the pH of your scalp and skin, especially if your hair is prone to dryness. Giving your scalp a chance to replenish its natural oils is good for your hair. If you just cannot stand the thought of fewer washings, or if your hair tends to be oily, consider a dry shampoo such as Invisible Dry Shampoo by Redken® or Style Protect Refresh Go Dry Shampoo by Pureology. These products help refresh your hair while absorbing the excess oils.
Step Up the Deep Conditioning
Restore moisture during these winter months by giving your hair a deep conditioning treatment each week. Applying an overnight hair mask, such as Extreme Mega Mask, to work miracles on your hair by providing deep intense conditioning to replenish and restore the moisture in your dry scalp. Strength Cure Superfood Treatment is Pureology’s version to infuse protein into the hair to strengthen so it doesn’t break when brushing or doing chemical services on the hair.
Temperature changes from dry indoor heat to cold winter air quickly deplete the moisture in your hair. Another great way to keep your hair protected is to coat your hair with Hydrate Superfood Treatment before blow-drying. This is an excellent moisturizer by Pureology.
Tame Static & Frizz
If you’re starting to experience static and frizz that comes with dry winter air, look to a product like Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil. A little goes a long way in keeping flyaways and frizzy hair at bay without weighing hair down. This Redken® formula features Babassu Oil for enhanced smoothness and frizz control.
Change Up Your After-Shower Hair Routine
Hair is more vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet. After you shower, try not to rub your hair dry. Use a soft, microfiber towel to gently press the water out. Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb while it’s damp. If you can, we recommend waiting until your hair is about 80% air-dried before brushing and blow-drying. Harsh bristles can tear up your hair follicles, especially if your hair is already dry and brittle. Use heat protection products to protect your hair and help cut down on blow-drying time. Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Treatment Primer Cream offers heat protection and less blow-drying time is needed.
Avoid Overheating Your Hair
We tend to use heated styling tools more often during the cooler months, but that’s not healthy for your hair. Blow dryers, flat irons, hot rollers, and curling irons all play a big part in causing dry hair. If you need to use your styling tools, turn down the temperature settings to avoid damaging your hair, especially with your flat irons and rollers that come into contact with already dry hair. Pureology’s Style + Protect Shine Bright Taming Serum offers faster air-dry time with effortless texture and a no-product feel, allowing you to take a break from your heat tools. Also, try being creative with braids, buns, twists, and ponytails to give your hair a break from the heat.
Protect Color-Treated Hair from Dryness
Color-treated hair needs extra care as it is – but during the dry winter months, you need to step up the care a bit. Keep your dyed locks nourished, bright, and glossy with a color protection shampoo and conditioner, such as Redken’s® Color Extend Care product line. When your hair is dry and brittle it can affect the vibrancy of your hair color, leaving it limp and dull and causing the color to fade quicker.
Change with the Time
Avoid using the same products year-round. Adapting your hair care routine to match the seasons and the changing needs of your hair is the best way to keep your hair healthy, moisturized, and manageable all year long.
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