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How To Keep Your Hair Healthy Through The Winter Season

Written by Lauren E

As we dive even deeper into the chilly winter months of the year, it's prime time to show our hair a little extra love to keep it shining and fabulous. Winter brings its own set of hair challenges – think brisk winds and overall harsh conditions that can turn our once vibrant locks into a [...]
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As we dive even deeper into the chilly winter months of the year, it’s prime time to show our hair a little extra love to keep it shining and fabulous. Winter brings its own set of hair challenges – think brisk winds and overall harsh conditions that can turn our once vibrant locks into a bit of a winter slump. No need to worry! I’m here to be your winter hair care buddy, offering up some practical tips and tricks that have helped me for years now. Save these tips and ensure your hair remains as luscious as ever throughout the entire winter season!

1. Hydration is Key

Just as we need to keep our body hydrated, our hair needs moisture too! Winter weather tends to zap the moisture out of our hair, leaving it dry and prone to breakage. One quick fix is to focus on hydrating your hair from within. Make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day to keep your body and hair well-hydrated!

2. Nourish with Deep Conditioning Treatments

To replenish and restore the moisture that winter strips away, treat your hair to some indulgent deep conditioning sessions. Opt for hair masks or deep conditioning treatments rich in natural oils, such as argan oil or coconut oil. Apply the treatment generously to your hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends, and leave it on for the recommended time. Rinse thoroughly, and voila! Your hair will be left feeling silky smooth and revitalized.

3. Don’t Skip the Regular Trims

While it may be tempting to skip that regular trim during the winter months (as you snuggle up indoors under a cozy blanket), remember that regular trims actually promote healthy hair growth. Keep your ends neat and tidy by scheduling a trim every 6-8 weeks, and your hair will thank you by growing healthier and stronger!

4. Protect Hair from the Elements

Winter winds and icy temperatures can be harsh on your hair, causing it to become dry and brittle. Shield your locks from the elements by wearing hats, scarves, or other protective (and fashionable) headwear. Not only do these accessories add a touch of winter style to your outfit, but they also create a barrier against the cold, preventing moisture loss and breakage.

5. Avoid Overwashing and Use Lukewarm Water

While it may be tempting to hop into a hot shower and luxuriate in the warmth during the winter, hot water can actually strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and dull. Opt for lukewarm water instead when washing your hair. Also, try to resist the urge to overwash your hair, as this can further strip away natural oils. This is one of the hardest for me to follow because I can’t fully enjoy my shower without getting my hair soaked, too. Aim to wash your hair every other day or even every few days, depending on your hair type. This allows your natural oils to nourish and protect your strands.

6. Embrace the Power of Leave-In Conditioners and Oils

Yep, you probably guessed it…leave-in conditioners and hair oils are your winter hair care best friends! They provide an extra layer of hydration and protection, acting as a barrier against the winter elements. Apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner or hair oil to damp hair before styling, focusing on the ends. These nourishing products will keep your hair moisturized, smooth, and more manageable throughout the day.

7. Gentle Styling and Minimal Heat

Give your hair a break from excessive heat styling during the winter months. Curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers can further dry out your locks, resulting in weaker and more damaged hair. Embrace your natural texture on some days, or try heatless hairstyles that are gentle on your hair. When you do use heat styling tools, remember to apply a heat protectant and use the lowest heat setting possible.

8. Eat a Hair-Healthy Diet

What we put into our bodies reflects in the health of our hair. Ensure you’re getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals for healthy hair growth by consuming a balanced diet. Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as fatty fish and flaxseeds), leafy greens, eggs, nuts, and lean proteins. These superfoods provide the building blocks for strong, shiny hair. Supplements work their magic, too! I’m absolutely hooked on SkinnyFit’s Daily Glow! A mere two capsules a day are my secret weapon for providing my hair with the essential nutrients and the overall health boost it craves, leaving it irresistibly shiny and luscious!

9. Minimize Static

Static hair is a common frustration during the winter season. Combat static by minimizing friction and adding moisture to your hair. Opt for satin or silk pillowcases to reduce friction while you sleep and consider using an anti-static spray or a small amount of hair serum on your fingertips to tame flyaways.

10. Treat Yourself to a Scalp Massage

A soothing scalp massage not only feels heavenly but also stimulates blood circulation to the hair follicles, encouraging healthy hair growth. Treat yourself to a relaxing scalp massage using your fingers or a scalp massager once a week. Not only will it invigorate your senses, but it will also promote healthier, stronger hair. Win, win!

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About The Author

Lauren E

Lauren is a creative and lifestyle writer from Atlanta Georgia, with a passion for art, fashion, food & staying fit. She loves running, dance, yoga, and anything outdoors (with the company of her adorable pup!). You can almost always find her with a camera or notebook in hand, or on the hunt for local live music!

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