Ah, fall. The changing leaves, the return of your favorite seasonal drinks-there's a lot to love when the weather turns colder, but we're sure there are parts you could do without, like dry hair and skin. Fear not-we've compiled tips to help weatherproof your hair when the temps drop.
It's all about the cold
A thermostat set to high may make your home feel cozy, but it's a sure way to zap moisture from the air...and your hair. Other than resisting the urge to set your thermostat to 80, there are a few things you can do to help hair stay moisturized even in the dry indoors.
Winter Hair Moisturizing Tips
- Turn down the heat while you sleep. Simply lowering your thermostat while you sleep will make the air less drying on skin and hair, and gives you the perfect reason to get your coziest comforter out of storage.
- Use a humidifier. Placing a humidifier on your nightstand while you sleep will not only help to keep moisture in the air, but it will also help you breathe easier through cold and flu season. The added moisturizer will help skin feel less dry and add humidity to hair, making both skin and hair more receptive to moisturizers and conditioners.
- Rinse with cooler water. A steaming hot shower might be appealing when it's cold outside, but the hotter the water, the more drying it is on skin and hair. While we'd never expect you to shower with cold water, keep water temperatures more warm than hot, and rinse shampoo and conditioner from hair with the coolest water you can stand. Cold water effectively shocks hair's cuticle closed, which will leave hair looking healthier, shinier, and feeling stronger. Conversely, hot water strips moisture from hair, leading to frizz.
Jump start a new routine
Just like you get your sweaters out, throw on your favorite booties, and pack away your flip flops, your hair needs its own wardrobe change to get ready for winter.
- It's time for a trim. Getting a haircut at the beginning of each season gives strands a fresh start. You'll shed off damaged ends and encourage your hair to grow in neater and cleaner.
Winter Hair Routines
- Introduce your hair to natural oils. As the temps drop, it's the perfect time to begin using products that pack moisturizing natural ingredients. Make sure your hair products are sulfate-free and contain moisturizing ingredients like keratin, argan oil and mongogo oil to keep dry, frizzy hair at bay.
- Wash less often. The mornings are staying darker later, so now's the time to sleep in a few extra minutes and skip the daily shampoo and condition. Save your strands by going an extra day between washing your hair...with a little dry shampoo, no one will ever know.
- Kick your heat styling habits. If you're a blow dry every day, curling iron every night kind of person, cutting back on heat styling can be hard. If you can't make air drying happen, try to limit your use of heat tools to once or twice per week (your strands will thank you). Whenever you do use heat tools, be sure to prep your hair with products that nourish and protect your hair from environmental stressors.
- Trade in your towel. When you step out of the shower, reach for a microfiber cloth towel instead of your standby terry cloth. The microfiber option is less harsh on hair cuticles, and absorbs excess moisture quicker than typical cotton towels. That means a faster blow dry for you, which means less heat for your hair.
Refresh your color
A change in season is also the perfect time to change up your look. Now that you've got a fresh cut, super moisturized hair, and a new routine, consider changing up your hair color. Take your natural color a shade darker, warm up with hints of red and gold, or boost color with a gloss treatment.
Beauty from the inside out
While you're embracing your new winter hair routine, remember to drink a lot of water to help keep your body hydrated. Upping your water intake will not only help you feel better, but will also make your skin and hair feel softer to the touch. Indulge in foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, kale, walnuts, tuna, and spinach. When you can, kick the coffee, as caffeine can dehydrate you. Try herbal tea instead (so cozy). And although you might think avocado is best in the summer (hello, guacamole), it's also a super food for your hair any time of year. The natural oils in avocados promote hair health, packing your hair with moisture and fortifying them with extra strength. You can even use leftover avocado as a natural, hydrating hair mask.
With these tips for nourished, shiny hair (plus maybe your favorite seasonal warm drink in hand), the cold weather is about to get a whole lot cozier.
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