Winter makes us think of cozy sweaters and hot chocolate. But it’s also a reminder to protect our natural hair in winter to avoid undesired results. For instance, have you ever taken off your hat in winter and hear static? Or your hair strands snapping? For this reason and others, winter is not curly hair-friendly.
Protecting natural hair in winter is extremely important. The cold outside weather combined with dry indoor heat can wreak havoc on your strands. And the results will be split ends and breakage.
Breakage isn’t just a summertime sadness. It happens in winter, and to all manner of hair types. Mostly, the exposure to the harsh cold elements and constant transition to heated indoors can zap our hair of its moisture. Thus, leading to dull dry hair that’s more susceptible to damage. In addition to breakage due to dry, cold air, scalp dryness and dandruff can rear its ugly head during winter.
How To Protect Natural Hair In Winter?
So, how do you take care of your hair, minimize these harsh winter effects and prevent damage? Check out the below tips and tricks put together from some of our hairstylists.
- Moisturize your hair and scalp with hair oil
- Combat static hair with a dryer sheet
- Avoid frequent hair washes
- Reduce heat styling
- Commit to a weekly deep conditioning hair mask
- Opt for silk pillowcases
- Drink lots of water!
While it protects your hair, wearing a hat may not be the best way to protect natural hair during winter. Because it can lead to a build up of sweat, hats can irritate the scalp.
You should also keep your hair and scalp hydrated. If you’re dehydrated on the inside, it will show on the outside too. So make sure you drink plenty of water to help keep your hair and scalp hydrated.
Also, whether you have long or short hair, winter weather can make the ends of your hair dry and brittle. Regular trims will keep your hair in good condition and reduce the chance of split ends.
It might be tempting in the colder months to turn the water temperature up. But don’t. Instead, use warm or cool water to avoid damage to your hair. Plus, hot water can dry out your hair and damage your scalp’s delicate skin. In fact, your scalp can sometimes be more sensitive during the winter.
You should also take the extra time to blow dry your hair or let it dry naturally before going outside. Besides, in cold weather, your hair will take a long time to dry. And if your hair freezes, you risk breakage.
If your hair is in need of a little TLC, book appointment today to get it revitalized!
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