Just as any of us can suffer from the winter blues, so can our hair if we don’t treat it right. Too much exposure to central heating, cold winds and the changes of temperatures when going from outside to inside can cause some damage to our hair if we aren’t careful.
So, what can you do to stop this being a problem this winter? Thankfully, a few simple tips will see you through safely to spring.
Don’t Shampoo Too Often
One of the main issues that your hair is likely to have at this time of year is a lack of moisture. This can leave your hair dry and frizzy, while your scalp might become flaky and irritable as well.
Because of this, it is best to reduce the number of times that you use shampoo during this season, so as to avoid stripping your head of its natural oils. Each head is different but in general terms you should be thinking about using shampoo maybe 2 to 3 times a week.
Don’t Wash With Steaming Hot Water
It can be extremely tempting to turn up the temperature in the shower to a scalding hot level when it is freezing cold outside. Yet, this is something else that will strip your hair of its vital natural oils.
Instead, you should look to get the temperature reasonable, even if you feel an insane urge to turn it up. You also will want to limit the time that you spend soaking your hair in warm water in the shower too.
Get a Keratin Treatment
The power of a Keratin treatment is also something well worth considering in the coldest months of the year. If you feel that the winter is being very harsh on your hair then this could bring it back to life again.
For example, a professional Kerastraight treatment is perfect for making dry, frizzy and damaged hair look better. If you get this carried out during the winter then you will have a sleek, luxurious look all the way through to spring.
Avoid the Blow Drier as Much as Possible
While you might normally blow dry your hair every time you wash it, this is a bad idea when the cold weather is threatening to do its worst to you. The dry heat generated by blow drying can do a lot of damage, especially if you spend a long time using it.
A better approach is to let your hair dry naturally. If you feel that you simply can’t do without your blow drier then try limiting its use to the last few minutes of drying time, after having allowed your hair some time to dry naturally.
Wear a wig or a weave
There are some excellent reasons for covering up your hair with a protective style during the winter months. For a start, this will ensure that your hair is well protected from the plunging temperatures and cold winds at this time of year.
Of course, if the winter has already done some damage to your hair then the right weave or wig will also let you nurture your hair back to health and still look fabulous at the same time.
Use Natural Oils
As we have already seen, stopping your hair and scalp from drying out is one of the secrets to keeping your hair looking good during the cold weather. Bearing this in mind, using natural oils is one of the very best ways of keeping your hair in tip top condition.
You can try the likes of olive oil, avocado oil, sesame oil or coconut oil. You should only need a tablespoon or two of the oil, which you can leave on for up to an hour before washing it out.
It is also important to remember the need to eat well at this time of year. While you may feel that your body craves greasy, calorie-laden food when the temperatures are low, you should resist this urge and eat as well as you can.
For example, the protein that you get from eggs can be valuable in help your hair to grow and stay looking great. Try to eat fresh fruits, fish and wholemeal bread as part of a balanced diet that keeps your hair in its best possible condition.
By following these simple tips you can ensure that the harsh winter months don’t take too much of a toll on your hair this year.