Let It Grow, Let It Grow, Let It Grow: 10 Tips To Keep Your Hair Healthy This Winter
As I sit here listening to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, it’s easy to list the things that many of us love about the holiday season – winter white, cashmere, virgin snow, the smell of spiced cider and good things baking in the oven, and overall, mirth and good cheer.
One thing I am sure we all are less fond of though, particularly if you live in colder climates, is the havoc that cold weather can wreak on our hair. Let’s face it – many of us are already waging a daily battle against dryness and the ensuing problems that it causes: lackluster, dull hair, brittle strands and worst of all, breakage. But don’t fret just yet. There are plenty of things you an do to combat winter dryness so that your tresses are still strong and healthy by the time spring comes around. Check out these winter hair care tips.
Buy a Satin-Lined Hat
Buying a hat with a satin or silk lining will go a long way to reduce the friction from knits that may threaten delicate nape or hairline hair. It will also help to keep moisture in. This is also the time to make sure that you’re sleeping on a satin pillowcase (but you do that year round anyway, right?).
Protect Your Neck
Scarves and coat collars can still damage delicate nape hair, even if you sew a lining into your hat. Consider cornrowing it, or finding another protective style to keep it from being exposed to wear and tear.
Buy a Humidifier
One of the biggest culprits of wintertime is dry, parched air that robs your hair (and skin, ladies) of vital moisture. And if you live in an apartment with those big standalone radiators, you can even set a pot of water on it. As the water evaporates, much needed humidity will be added back into the air.
Deep Condition More
Now is a good time to up your conditioning game. Adding water back into the hair is going to be vital, but increasing your conditioning treatments will do wonders for those fragile ends.
Use a Hot Oil Treatment
In addition to extra conditioning, hot oil treatments are always a good way to boost your hair’s moisture retaining capacity and elasticity.
Use Thicker Oils and Butters
The hair routine that kept you smooth sailing through summer might not work right now as Old Man Winter settles in. Switch to thicker, more lasting creams and butters, particularly for when you seal your hair. And pay special attention to those ends.
Drink More Water
Alternating back and forth between the cold air outside, dry stale office air, and really hot apartments, require that you replenish your body with fluids REGULARLY. Winter can be as much as a hydration thief as summertime so stay vigilant about getting enough H2O.
Use a Scalp Scrub Periodically
Flakes tend to show up more during the colder months, so keep that loose skin at bay with a good scalp scrub. Bain de Terre makes a nice Fig and Sugar scrub, but I’m sure there are many DIY hair divas that wouldn’t mind mixing up their own concoction of sugar and some type of soothing, nourishing oil to do the trick. Look up a recipe online to get some cool ideas. (Note: I wouldn’t use salt if I were trying this at home. It might burn your scalp and is likely to be drying.)
Massage Your Scalp More Regularly
Bears aren’t the only ones who hibernate in the winter. Many of us tend to be less active when it’s cold outside, which means that we might not be doing activities that get the blood circulating through our bodies the way we do when it’s warmer outside. Be sure to stimulate your scalp through massage so that nutrients continue to feed the roots of your hair at an optimal rate.
Join a Challenge
With the New Year coming up, there are many challenges that will be starting that you can participate in on any number of online hair sites. If you know that you have difficulty in any of these areas, joining a challenge may help to keep you focused and energized about your hair goals throughout the season. Studies show that people are most likely to adhere to their objectives if they commit to something in front of others (there’s that accountability factor at work). With the support of your group, who knows what you’ll accomplish!
What’s your biggest hair challenge in the winter?