Winter is almost here, and it’s no secret that cold weather can wreak havoc on the skin. But what about your hair? Fortunately, we have 8 tips for hair care in winter that you can follow to take care of your hair and protect it from damage.
Invest in a Deep Conditioner
Heat from your furnace can leave your hair dry and brittle during the winter months, so now is a good time to invest in a quality deep conditioning treatment, such as Ion’s Curl Solutions Deep Treatment. Use a deep conditioning treatment on your hair once a week to restore its moisture and shine. For the extra protection and care when doing a color touch-up or application, start the conditioning early with adding in the Absolute Perfection Booster Step 1 & 2. These boosters come in little, single-use vials that help pack a 1-2 punch for restoring hair strength that can be added to your hair color before application.
Don’t Wash Hair as Often
If you tend to wash your hair daily, you’re stripping your hair and scalp of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy. This is especially true during the winter, when the air tends to be dryer. Try going a day or two in between washes or, at the very least, skip the shampoo and go straight for the conditioner.
Get a Trim Every Few Weeks
Generally, you should have your hair trimmed once every six to eight weeks to remove dead ends and promote health. During the winter, however, you should increase the frequency of your trims to once every four to six weeks.
Use a Humidifier
If the air is dry in your home or even at your office, consider purchasing a humidifier and using it throughout the day. This will add moisture to the air, which will in turn benefit your locks, providing them with moisture they need in an otherwise dry environment. You can even find portable humidifiers, which are perfect for office cubicles.
Turn the Water Temperature Down
When you do wash or rinse your hair, avoid subjecting it to excess heat. Even though a hot shower might sound amazing after coming in from the cold, that hot water can be damaging to your hair (and skin). Keep the water lukewarm instead; your hair will thank you.
Remove Static With Dryer Sheets
Static is a common problem during the winter months, and that’s no exception to hair. Believe it or not, though, you can remove static from your hair the same way you do from your clothes: with a dryer sheet! Simply rub a dryer sheet over your hair.
Don’t Go Outside With Wet Hair
When you’re in a rush in the morning, skipping out on blow-drying your hair might seem like a good way to save time. However, going outside into cold temperatures with wet hair can be extremely damaging. Specifically, your hair could freeze and be much more prone to breakage as a result. Either shower at night so your hair is dry by morning, or take the time to dry your hair before you head out.
Use the Right Styling Tools
Last but not least, make sure you’re using the right styling tools to protect your hair, such as curling irons and blow dryers. For example, the Ion Titanium Pro Curling Iron uses a titanium barrel to apply even, consistent heat with no hot spots.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to protect your hair from dryness, breakage, and other damage during the frigid winter months. Be sure to keep these in mind as the temperatures drop lower so you can keep your hair looking absolutely beautiful.