How to Look After Hair During Winter?
Cold, frost, snow, dry air in the interiors... Well, winter is the number one enemy for your hair. During chilly days your hairdo might lose its volume and shine. But hey, nothing is already lost! Your hair is not doomed to be brittle and limp! Look after it carefully and prevent all its weaknesses.
- Try to wash your hair less often, a maximum of several times a week. Your natural oils will stand for better health. Use a little bit of product and focus on scalp and roots. Really, leave the rest of the hair alone! Over-rinsing is harmful for your hair's natural oils.
- Pick your shampoo carefully. It should be a mild product with no alcohol, silicones and their derivatives. All such chemicals cause drying of your hair; in addition, sulfate makes it lusterless.
- Use intensive conditioner. Winter forces the use of stronger formulas. Condition your hair with a pre-wash product before you wet it. Then use a leave-in formula to increase the moisturizing effect. If your hair is so dry that it needs a special treatment, condition it between every shampoo usage as well. In addition, give you hair a deeper moisturize once a week. Choose the product without chemicals and with a lot of antioxidants. You can also prepare your own, home-made mixture!
- Don't use hot water. Such shower in winter might be tempting, but it is a disaster for your hair. At first low the water temperature to lukewarm, and while rinsing do it cool or even cold. Such water will seal cuticles of your hair and stop the escape of oils.
- Use moisturizers overnight. Spray with a vitamin E oil will do perfect.
- Brush your hair really gently. Use a wide-tooth comb or brush made of natural materials. To avoid too hard brushing and to stay smooth, lubricate your device with a little bit of oil (olive, coconut or another one).
- Don't brush your hair too often (that means more than you actually have to). Over-brushing can damage it, especially during the winter time. Twice a day is enough!
- Remove dry ends regularly. Trim your hair every one or two months.
- Style your hair in an up-do. Keep it up and you'll minimize its exposure to winter air. If you're brave, you can also try to cut it short. Buns, chignons, knots and braids will be sufficient security though.
- Avoid direct heat. Refrain from hair straighteners, curling irons, blow-dryers, and so on. Choose the air-dry or gently massage with a towel instead.
- Eat healthy things. Healthy fats, lean proteins, vitamin A and zinc should be the base of your diet. Also, drink 8 glasses of fluids every day.
- Wear a hat and cover your head with a scarf. You have a duty to protect your hair from the dry air, snow, rain, ice and other winter stuff. Before heading outdoors, make sure that your scalp is well covered. Use a silk, or – as a last resort – a cotton scarf. Other materials like wool or acrylic cause the harming buildup of static electricity. If you don't want your hair misbehave and stick out everywhere, including your own face, reduce such risk. You can add a hat on the top of a scarf.
- Avoid turtlenecks, especially if you have long hair.
- Use fabric softener to wash your clothes, especially hats, scarfs, sweaters and jumpers made of acrylics and wool. It reduces the electrifying process mentioned above.
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