The Ultimate Winter Hair Care Guide
From chilly morning walks to comfy evenings, winter should be a great time to relax & unwind. If you hair doesn't cooperate, you might have a hard time.
Do you live in a country with seasonal climate? If that is the case, then you might be interested in discovering new ways on how to care for your hair. During this harsh time of the year, maintaining natural hair and keeping your lengths can be very frustrating as they don’t seem to cooperate with whatever you do. You do this and that, but the effects don’t seem to last.
In this short post, allow us to discuss how the cold weather affects the hair. We will also provide helpful insights on what you can do to keep your crowning glory at its best, despite the cold.
Hair vs. The Cold
Have you ever paid attention to your hair during winter and spring? Have you noticed how it behaves during both seasons?
During spring time, the natural oils in your hair flow better. As a result, your hair feels smoother and softer. Perhaps, your locks also look shinier. Now, if you think it has something to do with the weather, you’re correct.
When the cold wind blows, you will notice that your locks become drier. Although the snow and rain help add moisture, without them, your hair becomes extremely dry. So, all throughout the winter, you might have more tangles and your locks might become more brittle, especially in the absence of snow.
Well, when it rains, you might want to rejoice because it provides the moisture and hydration your hair needs. But if the cold wind blows, expect brittleness and extremely dry tangles.
Now, how do you keep your hair straight and healthy during winter? There are many ways. You can cover it with a hat or a scarf. You can also use an umbrella to protect it against external factors. Every time you go to sleep, you can also wear a silk or satin bonnet so you will wake up the next morning with less frizz.
In addition to those tips, you can do more to care for your hair in the winter. Just read on.
Care for Your Hair in Winter
Your hair thrives with moisture and protection. So, if you keep it covered and moisturized throughout the coldest days, your hair will survive the weather battle.
Here are other recommended ways to care for your hair during the cold:
- Always wear a hat - Hats may look cute and trendy, but did you know that they are more than just fashionable wears? Not only do they protect you against the harmful UV rays, they also keep your hair in place. But when choosing a hat, be sure to select one that is made of satin or silk. You can also choose soft hats with soft linings to protect your tresses against hat friction.
- Cover your hair with a scarf - Like hats, scarves aren’t just a fashion trend. They are also protective wears for your skin and hair. If you decide to cover your hair with a scarf, be sure to use one that is made of soft synthetic or silk material. It will protect your hair and keep it looking great all day long.
- Moisturize - You probably know that moisturization plays a vital role in your hair. It's even truer during winter months because moisture and hydration can protect your hair against harsh elements.
- Wear a protective hairstyle - Wearing loose braids and twists can keep your hair organized and in place when the cold wind blows. You can look up online for more protective hairstyles if you want. You’ve got plenty of options out there that will perfectly match your winter OOTDs.
- Wash your hair when needed - You might ask how seldom should you wash your hair during winter? The answer depends on the situation. If you sweat less, then you need not shampoo every day. But if you’ve exposed your hair to dust and dirt, then you have to wash it. The rule here is to simply wash your hair when needed.
Protect Your Hair Against the Cold
One of the best and most effective ways to protect your hair against the cold is to use layering products. The concept is just to layer one beneficial element over the other to prevent damage.
It all begins with hydrating products. First, you need to choose a water-based hydrating product. Shower with it on your wash day. After that, you can apply detanglers or leave-in conditioners to boost the hydrating effects.
After hydrating your hair, you can add a layer of natural oil to moisturize the strands and add hydration. Some of the best natural oils include avocado, jojoba, and coconut oil.
Finally, add some hair care products formulated for the winter weather. These products will get rid of the frizz and work to keep the hair protected. For this final layer, smoothing creams and light leave-in conditioners can be applied and used.
Other than layering products, you can also try to wear protective hairstyles, which we mentioned above. Bantu knots, braids, and twists all work to protect the strands and keep them from being directly exposed to the cold and the wind.
How to Deal with Hair Breakage During Winter
Unfortunately, breakage can happen anytime in the winter. That is because there are many factors that trigger it. One is that natural oils don’t flow so well. Without these natural oils, your strands are unprotected against damage.
Another factor that causes damage is the wind. As the wind blows, the hair becomes more active than the usual. At the end of the day, they will coil and cling to one another, resulting in tangles.
Again, the trick is to keep your hair lubricated and moisturized by applying natural oils like jojoba, coconut, or avocado oil. With these oils in your hair, you should be able to pull your strands apart without having to worry about breakage.
Hair Styling in the Winter Made Easy
As we said, the best hairstyles for winter are those that are protective. They can be anything like loose braids, twists, and bantu knots. Always aim to wear any of these styles and you won’t have to deal with tangles and knots throughout the cold season. If protective hairstyles don’t seem to match your taste, you can wear a cute high updo. After all, it looks great and it is very easy to put up.
If you really have to wear other hairstyles, you can do so. But avoid using heat styling tools because they can only worsen the damage. As much as possible, stay away from chemicals and heat during the cold months and opt for hairstyling methods that aim to stretch. Stretching the hair can improve manageability and prevent tangles.
Keep Hair Moisturized in Winter
Do you know the best way to keep your hair moisturized in winter? Yes, deep conditioners. When it comes to deep conditioners, you have two options. You can opt for a store-bought deep conditioner product and you can also whip up a hair conditioning mask in the kitchen.
Nowadays, you can easily buy hair care products online, but of course, we want you to go natural. We want to avoid chemicals, right? So, what ingredients do you have that will make an effective deep conditioner?
The most important ingredient of a hair deep conditioner is oil. It can be any natural oil, such as peppermint, eucalyptus, jojoba, avocado, and coconut oil.
Next, you want to bring moisture to your strands. Vegetable glycerin and honey do a pretty good job at it. These ingredients act as humectants, which means they still work wonders even on days when the climate is too dry and cold.
If you are planning to use honey or glycerin, make sure to pair it with Aloe vera or water. You need it for added hydration. Once you have decided what ingredients to use, combine them. Voila! You already have a deep conditioner.
Now, apply your deep conditioner. Take note, you don’t want to use an oil before water because you will only achieve a greasy effect. So, before you apply the deep conditioner you made, hydrate with water first.
If you already have beautiful hair, you are probably wondering what else you can do to retain its beauty throughout winter.
The truth is, a strict hair care regimen is still crucial for you. In fact, you might need to spend more time for your hair than the usual. You can consider the tips we have listed above, but you can also do deep conditioning treatments more often.
The secret to a healthy, smooth, and beautiful looking hair really depends on what products you use and how you care for your hair. If you use protective methods, your mane will look gorgeous be it winter, spring, summer, or fall. Hence, as early as now, re-assess your current hair care regimen and find out what you can do to improve it.
Do you know other effective ways to keep your crowning glory beautiful, smooth, and moisturized during the winter season? We're all ears! Let us know in the comments section below.