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1.Dry Your Hair Properly
We know that drying your hair after washing it on those cold and dark winter mornings can be a hassle, particularly if you have longer hair. However, it is precisely in this darker, colder time of year that drying your hair completely is essential.
Note that we don't mean drying out your hair as keeping moisture in the hair and scalp is essential. But keeping your hair free of excess dampness on the surface, especially if you're going out into the elements, is just as important as keeping the moisture locked in below the surface. Going out with your hair still damp in winter is just asking for extra trouble like broken follicles or split ends.
If you tend to rub your hair dry with a towel, change that method to gently squeezing the water out instead. After you squeeze excess water from your hair, finish the drying process with your hair dryer. You need to take care to use the dryer only on its "cool" setting. If you are in a rush and you must use hot air, ensure that you hold your hairdryer no less than six inches away from your hair.
Winter weather tends to leech moisture out of the air more than any other season. This means there is an increased risk for cosmetic hair issues such as dandruff or an irritated scalp. If you're experiencing extra dryness this season, you may find yourself scratching that itch a lot more than usual, which can lead to increased hair loss if you aren't careful.
The lack of moisture in the air can lead to folliculitis. This is an inflammation of the skin and can happen almost anywhere on the surface of the skin. Despite this, folliculitis is particularly common on the scalp due to infection of the hair follicles from a virus or fungus or inflammation of the hair roots. Some of the most common forms of folliculitis include clusters of white bumps, blisters that can break open and form crust on the scalp, or swollen red masses. This condition is more common on the scalp, but a proper winter hair routine may help prevent it.
Use moisturizing agents such as coconut or other oils. These will not only replace lost moisture in your scalp or dry areas but will help to lock that moisture in and keep it from escaping next time. And speaking of oils, if false eyelashes are part of your winter routine, use a makeup remover that does not contain oils for best results with these, unlike with your scalp.
Static cling is definitely one of the most annoying aspects of winter. You need to stay warm, so scarves, sweaters, and possibly cute beanie hats are all on the table, and can all mess with your hair. We recommend using a specialized vented hairbrush to help combat the extra frizz of winter. These brushes usually come with a combination of both boar bristles and plastic ones for maximum effectiveness and frizz control.
Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin uses a dry brush on her hair at night and essential oil products rich in aloe vera and other moisturizing agents. She does all of these to combat the effects of frizz and dryness thanks to chlorine.
You should wash your hair with lukewarm water and avoid hot water. It certainly feels good in the winter, but hot water will strip away oils that protect your hair and give it the nutrients it needs. If you find that you must use hot water, don't forget to give your hair an infusion of coconut oil afterward to replace the lost protection. We also recommend using a conditioner that you can leave in when you do your daily washing. These types often include moisturizing agents and offer longer protection times for your hair overall.
And finally, if you want to keep your hair warm and protected while you're out this winter but do so in a way that minimizes extra frizz, consider an accessory like a knitted headband that can keep everything warm, bundled up, and is quite stylish besides.
4.Hair Conditioning for Winter
You may have noticed we've talked about moisture in some form or fashion in practically every step here. That's because keeping moisture inside your hair follicles is vital to a proper winter haircare routine. You should use deep conditioning or specialized hair oil supplements—including things like coconut oil—at least once a week during the winter months.
Every time you wash your hair, follow it up with a conditioner. Start at mid-length down your hair and go to the ends and take special care when you reach the ends as they are the oldest parts of your hair and those most prone to damage. You should leave the conditioner in for at least a few minutes before thoroughly rinsing your hair in lukewarm water. Cool, but not cold, water can also help to seal moisture within your hair follicles.
A final note: with all of this washing, it's easy to forget about other maintenance issues. If you're wearing fake lashes this season, be sure to take them out and clean them properly prior to doing your haircare routine. Unlike your hair, all of this extra moisture will ruin the perfect curl of your lashes.
Winter hair care isn't always easy, but with our helpful tips, you can look fabulous and keep your scalp happy and healthy each time you brave the cold this season. Don’t forget to dry it, to hydrate it more frequently than during summer, and pay more attention to it.