When it comes to winter, your hair can take a real battering. The cold weather and harsh winds can play havoc with your delicate locks. And what many people do not realise is that you need to protect your hair in the winter just as much as you do in the summer. But many people do not know how to protect their hair from the unforgiving climate of winter.
Simply using an intensive conditioner once every couple of weeks will not be enough to keep your hair looking and feeling great all winter. If you want to keep your hair in top condition then you need to know a few things.
The cold conditions can dry your hair out very badly, so you need to be careful. Dry hair is incredibly fragile and a lot more prone to breaking so you need to be careful not to cause any more damage.
Washing your hair is one of the biggest causes of breakages. Wet hair is very fragile and so the movement of the hair needs to be minimised. Always brush your hair before you wash it. This means that you will not be pulling at your hair to try and work the shampoo and conditioner through the knots. It also means that the conditioner will be able to penetrate the shaft of your hair more easily because it will not have to focus on de-tangling your hair.
You also need to make sure that the water you use to wash your hair is not too hot. If it is then it will strip the sebaceous (oil) glands of the scalp of their natural oils. And the hair needs these oils to help protect and lubricate it. So when the natural oils are washed away then it causes the glands to over compensate for the loss by producing more. This results in an oily scalp and very dry ends.
Normal conditioner is not sufficient to keep your hair protected during winter. Choose a shampoo and conditioner that are more intensive and will add moisture to your hair. Alternatively you could try one of the shampoos and conditioners that are specifically designed for winter months. ~These contain specially selected ingredients that will stop the winter elements damaging your delicate hair.
Keep your hair covered up. Just like you would in the summer. Creating a barrier between the weather and your hair is one of the most effective ways of keeping it safe. Choose a warm and stylish hat to keep your hair in good condition.
Try to cut down on the use of heated appliances. These will damage your hair even further. They will also remove any moisture from your hair which is a very bad idea in the winter months.
If you must use heated appliances then you should always use heat protection before you use them