Preventing Winter Hair Damage
While winter is known for providing some of the most stunning natural beauty all year-round, it’s also known for its cold dry air outside, and the dry air indoors thanks to the furnaces running constantly. All of this dry air can do a real number on not just your skin, but also your hair.
Here’s how to prevent winter hair damage
It’s quite common for people to have dry hair in the winter and even suffer from winter hair damage. Rather than just chalk it up to being a natural part of the winter season, there are some tips you can use that will help prevent that dryness and damage.
Here’s a look at some simple steps you can be following.
Cut Back on the Hair Washing
The first tip is to cut back on how often you are washing your hair. Your routine should change in the winter, and with that, you will want to cut back on the hair washes. Each time you wash your hair, you are in fact stripping it of its natural oils which help to protect it.
Ideally, you want to wash your hair every two to three days in the winter. Opt for a dry shampoo to revive hair in between washes. It’s also important that you follow shampooing with a moisturizing conditioner to keep your scalp hydrated.
Give the Hot Tools a Break
This is also a good time of year to give those hot tools a much-needed break. The hairdryer, curling iron, curling wand, and straightener can take a real toll on your tresses.
For hair that is already dehydrated and suffering, that heat is going to speed up the rate of damage. Allow your hair to air dry instead.
Collagen Can Keep the Dryness at Bay
You’re probably familiar with collagen, and realize that it is found in connective tissue in your body. It helps to give your skin that elasticity and keep it looking young and plump. And while our body naturally produces collagen, it does start to slow as you age.
So, what has collagen got to do with your dry winter hair? Collagen is actually able to prevent damage to your hair follicle, keeping them healthy. This will then encourage new hair growth, keeping your locks thick and lustrous.
It even helps to prevent gray hair and split ends. So that dry hair you may have right now could even be attributed to a lack of collagen.
What’s the solution then? You may want to look into hydrolyzed collagen powder. Hydrolyzed collagen has an assortment of benefits, including the following:
- Helps prevent hair damage
- Helps with skin elasticity and moisture giving a plump and youthful look to the skin
- Helps to reduce joint pain
- Can help with weight loss
- Strengthens the bones
- Improves digestion
Use Hair Masks and Scalp/Hair Oil
Just as you would give your skin extra attention in the winter, your hair and scalp deserve the same. A weekly deep conditioning hair mask can do wonders for the moisture level, and you can keep your scalp balanced and healthy with a scalp and/or hair oil.
If your scalp isn’t dry and itching, then you can use that hair oil on the ends of your hair only helping to prevent split ends.
Don’t Go Outdoors with Wet Hair
The final tip is to make sure that you don’t head out into the winter chill with wet or damp hair. The cold air will cause the hair shaft to expand, which can then lead to breakage.
These simple steps and tips will help you to prevent winter hair damage and keep your hair and scalp healthy all year-round.