Winter Hair Care: The Essential Guide

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Do you have your winter hair care plan in place? The temperatures are dropping so it’s important to follow some of the tips in this essential guide!

Keeping your hair healthy and looking good can seem like a full-time job. So many things affect the condition of hair. Diet, styling, hormones, products and weather. The seasons can do a real number on your locks. During the summer, hair can dry out due to the heat of the sun. If you’re enjoying the weather and taking a dip in the pool or ocean, then seawater and chlorine can strip hair of essential oils, making it brittle and dull. 

After a brief fall respite, winter brings with it a huge number of new problems for hair. 

brown haired woman laying on fall leaves symbolizing upcoming winter hair care

The Effects Of Winter On Your Hair

The changing of the weather can cause all sorts of damage to your hair. Those plummeting temperatures will mean you turn your heating up. Central heating can cause havoc with both hair and skin, causing to turn brittle and lifeless. 

Getting caught in the rain not only dampens your style but can cause a build-up of whatever chemicals might already be in the rain.  Trying to run a brush through your hair when it’s wet can cause stretching and breaking of hair. 

Preparing Your Hair

It’s always a good idea to go into a new season with your hair in good condition. If you are someone that likes to alter their hair color depending on the season, then rich red of chestnut brown are great shades that suit most people. Have a look at this article that shows you 32 ways to warm up your hair color with chestnut, you’ll be spoiled for choice. A good haircut is a great idea too. If you’re not ready to go for a complete restyle, then getting any damaged and split ends cut off can breathe new life into your style. 

Essentials Products For Winter Hair

Shampoo

A good shampoo is the basis of any beauty and hair care routine. What works for you in the summer months might not when the weather turns colder. Opt for something nourishing, that you can use frequently. After all, if you’re constantly getting caught in the snow and rain, you’ll probably be washing it a lot more. 

Intensive Conditioner 

SOS for your hair. If you have long or thick hair, a standard conditioner might not give you the performance you need to repair and damage to your hair. Instead, choose an intensive conditioning mask to use once or twice a week instead of your usual conditioner. There are many to choose from depending on the length, thickness, and condition of your hair. Try and leave it on for as long as possible to get the maximum benefits. If you have the time, wash your hair, apply a generous amount of intensive conditioner, throw your hair up in a towel and leave on for a few hours while you watch TV or get on with some other tasks at home. Then rinse out and style as usual. Your hair will look and feel fantastic. 

Keep intensive conditioner away from your roots as it can cause your hair to look lank and flat. Instead, concentrate it on the lights and ends. Rinse thoroughly to remove any build-up that can weigh hair down. 

If you want to keep your hair smooth and healthy for an extended period, then consider a keratin treatment. These are usually done at a salon. A specialist keratin treatment is applied and dried into your hair. You leave it in for a few days before washing. The result is silk smooth hair that can last from 3-6 months. You can expect to pay a premium for this service but once you’ve tried it, you’ll be addicted. 

Hair Oil

This product has become huge over the last few years. A few drops of hair oil onto damp hair can seal in moisture, calm frizz, and provide heat protection from your styling tools.

As with your conditioner, use sparingly and don’t put it on your roots. It can also be used on dry hair to smooth down flyaway hairs. 

Look for products with high-quality ingredients including argan oil. 

A Quality Hairbrush 

People often spend a lot of money on getting their hair styled, hair care, and styling products but then buy cheap, badly designed brushes that can damage the hair. A good brush is one of the best things you can do for your hair. Having more than one brush in your arsenal is a good idea too. Depending on your style and hair texture. A flat paddle brush is good for detangling hair and everyday brushing. A round bristle brush can give you a bouncy blowout. Choose a good quality brush and clean it regularly. Removing excess hair and product build-up from the bristles will stop it from being transferred back to your clean hair.  

A Powerful Hairdryer

A good hair dryer is essential to your style. There are so many on the market it is difficult to know which one to choose. Again it comes down to what type of hair you have and how you like to style it. Essentially though, you’re looking for a dryer that has a powerful motor. This will help your hair to dry quicker, reducing the amount of time you have to have heat on it. A good brand will also last longer. If you blow-dry your hair frequently, then a poor quality hair dryer isn’t going to last you very long. 

Some dryers come with diffuser attachments for those with curly hair. 

Other things to look out for are temperature controls (with a cool shot to set your style), a long cord, and not too heavy. After all, if it takes a long time to dry your hair, your arm is going to be pretty tired. 

Final Thoughts

With a few well-chosen products and some TLC, your hair can look good all year round. The winter weather might do it’s best to ruin your style but there are many ways to fight back and keep your hair looking and feeling strong and healthy. 

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