Posted by: Discover Directory on 10/25/2018

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy During Winter

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy During Winter

Winter brings a lot of cheer and beautiful winter scenes.

But it’s also seriously hard on hair. The cold, dry air dehydrates your hair and makes it more prone to breakage than during warmer months.

You want to look your best during the holidays when you’re seeing a lot of family and old friends. But the winter air is wreaking havoc on your poor hair.

If your hair is feeling dry and brittle, try some of the tips in this post to keep it healthy and hydrated.

1. Put down the shampoo.

I know, I know. There are people out there who shampoo their hair every day who are disgusted by the idea of not shampooing every single time you shower.

But while shampoo cleanses dirt and other products from your hair, it also strips the natural oils that keep your hair soft and healthy. Try to use shampoo only a couple times a week to keep your hair moisturized. 

If you have a naturally oily scalp and the idea of shampooing once or twice a week makes you nervous, supplement with a dry shampoo. 

2. Turn down the heat

Nothing feels better on a cold day than a hot shower, but too much exposure to hot water strips the moisture from your hair (and skin!). 

Keep your showers lukewarm and keep them short - at least most of the time. Everyone needs a hot shower now and then. Just make sure to wear a shower cap to protect your hair if you want to indulge.

3. Don’t skip the conditioner.

It sounds obvious, but it’s an important step in any hair care routine - especially during winter when your hair is at its most dry.

If your regular conditioner just isn’t doing it for you, try leave-in hair masks or hair oil that will leave your hair feeling soft and moisturized.

4. Avoid heat styling

Put down the straightener, curling iron, and blow dryer. They wreak havoc on healthy hair, especially during the winter. Unless you want brittle and dry hair, allow your hair to air dry as much as possible.

If you have to heat style, use a protectant spray. 

5. Invest in a humidifier.

Unless you have steam radiators, your heater will seriously dry out the air and your hair.

Get a humidifier for your bedroom to keep the air from drying out too much while you sleep. If you want to take it to the next level, get a small personal humidifier for your desk or car. Get that hydration all the time. 

6. Keep up with your haircuts.

You know you’re supposed to get regular trims, but it’s easy to forget during the winter when you have the holidays and travel plans to think about. 

But trimming your hair keeps it healthy and stops your split ends from getting worse. Set a calendar reminder to book a haircut every 2-3 months if you have long hair and every 4-8 weeks for short hair.

Plus, if you go in for a trim, a high-quality salon will give you a conditioning treatment if your hair needs the extra moisture. 

7. Don’t go out with wet hair.

I know I just told you to put down the blow dryer and now I’m telling you not to go outside with wet hair. You probably don’t want to leave the house with a wet head, but just in case: going out with wet or even damp hair causes breakage. 

If you tend to shower in the morning and can’t get your hair dry before heading out the door, consider washing your hair at night so you know it’ll be dry when you leave the next day.