It’s time to bring out the boots and pack away the sandals. As we bid farewell to summer and venture into cooler seasons, it’s time for the annual season switch up and this means, all routines are switching up to accommodate the new season. Like skin, our hair routine has to change to suit the new season and what better way to self-care than to improve on your winter routine? Here are some tips to help you out:
1. Protect your hair
Cold, dry winter weather can really take its toll on our hair. The best way to protect your hair is to wrap it up. Wear a beanie, hat or doek to protect your hair. Just make sure that it’s not too tight and doesn’t restrict blood circulation in your scalp.
While it protects your hair, wearing a beanie can also lead to a build-up of sweat that could irritate the scalp. Make sure you don’t skip your wash days.
2. Keep the styling on a minimum
Limit exposure to heat. Heat dries out our hair and scalp and this can cause of a lot of damage. Heat from hair dryers and curling irons exacerbate hair’s dryness in winter so keeping the use of such tools on the minimum is highly recommended.
3. Wash your hair in warm water
It might be tempting in the colder months to turn the water temperature up, but try to avoid washing your hair in hot water. The heat from hot water can be damaging. It can dry out your hair and cause more damage to the delicate skin on your scalp that becomes extra sensitive during winter. Be safe and stick with warm or lukewarm water.
4. Trim your ends
If you want really healthy long hair, then commit to the entire process fully which also means, trim split ends. Split ends run all the way up hair strands causing more damage than the inch of length is worth. Whether you have long or short hair, winter weather can make the ends of your hair dry and brittle. Regular trims will keep your hair in good condition and reduce the chance of split ends.
5. Don’t leave home with wet hair
Take the extra time to blow-dry your hair, on cool, not hot, or let your hair dry naturally before going outside. In winter, hair takes longer to dry because the water doesn’t evaporate as quickly so it’s important to incorporate some extra time into your washing schedule for drying.
6. Drink water
If you’re dehydrated on the inside, it will show on the outside too so make sure you drink plenty of water to help keep your hair and scalp hydrated.
Winter can be a great time for your hair if you take care of it the right way. Make sure that you use the tips above as well as keep your hair moisturized. No winter formed against your hair shall prosper! Love MPL