There’s a surprising amount of depth in a proper hair care routine, especially because that routine is rarely ever static. While your hair and scalp tend to stay more or less the same as long as you take care of them, the seasons are always changing. With each new season comes new weather conditions, and these conditions have unique effects on your hair’s health. Hair care in winter tends to be especially challenging, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help you out. Here’s everything you need to know about how to wash hair in winter, including the ideal frequency, technique, and products for you to use.
First and foremost, how often should you wash your hair in the winter? Winter air is much dryer than normal, so keeping up with your hair care routine is far more important than usual. A solid hair care routine allows your hair to look its best at all times, and prevents it from drying out and becoming brittle, so it never hurts to have one in place. Of course, your routine might need a few tweaks here and there depending on the season.
These minor adjustments are one of the most important parts of your hair care routine, especially during the dry winter months. Your scalp produces natural oils that protect, nourish, and moisturize your hair, but excessive washing strips them away, leaving your hair vulnerable to drying out. Combined with the already dry weather, excessive washing will start rapidly damaging your hair and leave it prone to breakage. Though you should already be spacing out your washing days year-round, it never hurts to add an extra day in between each wash as long as the dry weather persists. Just shampoo less frequently than normal and continue rinsing and conditioning daily for best results.
Because your hair is more likely to dry out during the winter, there are a few contributing factors that you should be extra careful to avoid. For example, even though a super hot shower may be just what you want at the end of a long, chilly day, we’d advise you to think twice about it. Much like excessive washing, extremely hot water can strip oils from your hair, causing it to become damaged and brittle. Instead, opt for lukewarm water, as it’s cool enough to keep from damaging your hair but warm enough to not be a cold, miserable experience. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable shower without risking your hair’s health, giving you the best of both worlds.
In a similar vein, try to avoid heat-treating or blow-drying your hair, and be extremely careful if you absolutely have to. Both will expose your hair to extremely high temperatures, which as we’ve already discussed, will dry out your hair and cause it to become brittle. Instead, after getting out of the shower, just pat your hair until it stops dripping and then allow it to air-dry the rest of the way. Then, use a wide brush to get all of the knots and tangles out, and style it however you’d like.
If you’re still struggling with dry hair after taking these measures, though, you may want to invest in some hair products. Hair masks, creams, serums, and leave-in conditioners are all must-haves for anyone with persistent dry hair and scalp, and as long as you’re buying the right products, you’re sure to see the benefits. Be sure to buy products with natural, science-backed ingredients and avoid unhealthy chemicals like sulfates and parabens.
What to Do
So, with all that information in mind, here’s a quick summary of how to wash your hair in winter in a way that keeps it happy and healthy. First of all, start adding a bit more time between each hair wash. If you typically wash your hair every other day, try every three days instead, and continue to rinse and condition in the days between. When washing or rinsing your hair, use lukewarm water, and dry and style it without using any heat if possible.
Then, apply your hair products. These hair products can take any form you like, but should be focused on moisturizing and nourishing the scalp and promoting hair growth. Ensure they include effective natural ingredients like aloe, olive oil, vitamin E, or caffeine, and leave out chemicals like parabens and sulfates. Taking these steps will be a huge help in maintaining healthy natural hair in the winter, and will help you avoid other problems like itchy scalp and dandruff as well. We hope you have a safe, healthy, and stylish winter season!
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