Protect Yourself From Winter Hair

January 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s January and winter is in full swing with record snow falls and cold temperatures all across North America. When you get ready to get outside, you always think to bundle up, covering your hands and face, but what about your hair? That’s right. Your hair needs to be protected from the cold winter weather too.

If you forget to care for your hair in the winter, you will notice that it becomes drier, more damaged, flyaway and harder to style. Winter hair. Winter hair happens because there is often less moisture in the air during the colder months, and without moisture, your hair will eventually become stripped of the essential moisture that it needs to keep looking good. Besides the cold weather outside, once you get inside, you’re faced with heaters running full blast, blowing dry stale air into the environment which just adds to the dryness in your hair.

So what can you do to protect your hair this winter? There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your hair looking its best despite the temperature outside. The first thing you need to do is to protect your hair. Just as you put gloves on your hands, wrap your hair in a scarf or hat to keep it protected from the wind and the harsh elements. It is important to be sure that while it’s protecting your hair, you don’t want it to be so tight that it restricts circulation to your scalp which will only cause damage as well.

Even if you don’t use conditioner on a regular basis, it’s important to use it everyday during the winter months. If you are worried about the conditioner weighing down your hair, or causing your hair to become greasy, apply only to the ends of your hair that are most likely to be affected by the wind.

Be sure to never go outside with wet hair. Despite increasing the risk that you will get sick, you could cause major damage to your hair. If your hair freezes, it can easily break and become damaged. Also, you will lose valuable moisture by taking your hair outside while it’s still wet.

Try to limit the amount of exposure you have to heat styling tools that don’t lock in moisture. By this, I mean hair styling tools that use heat to dry the hair and do not retain moisture. However, this does not limit you to not styling your hair at all. There are hair styling tools on the market that will actually benefit your hair because they lock in moisture instead of stripping your hair of it.

Look for ionic hair dryers that utilize negative ions to infuse your hair, locking in the necessary moisture and natural oils. These hair dryers also dry your hair up to 65% faster than other dryers which means you aren’t exposing your hair to as much heat. Hair straighteners that use ceramic plates or titanium plates are also a good idea because they seal in natural oils and moisture so your hair will not become dry and brittle. Hair irons with tourmaline are especially good because the tourmaline creates negative ions that seal the cuticle, so that hair is protected and healthy looking.

By taking the proper precautions and using the correct hair tools this winter, you don’t need to suffer from winter hair this year. Instead you will have luscious looking hair all year long.