With winter setting in, people have begun taking precautions against the cold harsh weather. This means extra care and moisturizing for skin which can get cracked, dry and of course, piling on the layers to keep warm on bitterly cold mornings. You might have noticed that hair becomes difficult to manage in the fog, rain, and snow but no one really knows about the actual damage that hair comes under during the cold months.
With stylists agreeing that winter is the harshest season for hair, here are the tips to keep hair looking healthy and luscious this year.
Keep an Eye out for Hair Breakage
Most people think hair breakage occurs when hair becomes dry, which normally happens in higher temperatures. However, winters can also remove moisture from hair in the same way, making it worse and leaving it rough, brittle, and more prone to breaking. The cold temperature along with the wetness, may even cause the hair to freeze causing breakage galore and split ends. The scalp also becomes chapped and dry which leads to dandruff in hair. Unsightly dandruff in hair makes it dull as the flakes block the hair follicles at root, which also means that moisture is unable to reach the hair. Making use of a deep and hydrating conditioner regularly is the best way out to replenish moisture in the hair. Also, a zinc-based shampoo will remove dandruff from hair faster, and unblock those follicles.
Covering up your Hair
The best way to protect your hair against cold is covering up with a hood or a hat with a smooth and soft lining, such as silk. This is ideal since it preserves the heat inside the hat and prevents it from rubbing aggressively against hair, as the wool does. The only problem with it is heat is trapped within the hat with no space to escape, can lead to hair becoming limp and sweaty. If this happens, try tying your hair in a messy bun, so that a little ruffling won’t spoil the effect.
The major problem you face during winter is the sudden changes in temperature. You go out from chilly outdoors to a centrally heated home in mere seconds and this constant change removes moisture from hair. Those who escape the cold for a few weeks and go on a winter holiday to a summer spot also face similar problems when they return. Their hair tends to get frazzled by the sun when exposed to ice and snow. Try adding heat styling products such as a straightening iron to avoid dryness and hair breakage. Experts also advise not to wash hair with too much hot water during winters.
Use Hair Conditioner
Use deep conditioning hair treatments at least once a week, which includes coating the hair, sealing the hair with a shower cap and leaving the hair overnight to replenish moisture. Use conditioners which are rich in natural oils. Apply a leave-in conditioner or hair oil to the ends of your hair to keep them hydrated and protected throughout the day. Focus on the driest areas, such as the ends and mid-lengths of your hair.
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