Hopefully, winter is winding down and will soon give way to spring. If you have had trouble with your thick mane during the colder months, you’ll appreciate these seven winter hair care tips most hair care gurus agree on. Take a look at how you can help baby your hair through the dry, cold months.
Winter Hair Care Tip 1: Don’t Use Heat for Styling
Indoor heat tends to pull a lot of the natural moisture out of your hair. Using flat irons, curling irons, or blow dryers can make it worse. The winter season is ideal for practicing setting techniques. Of course, you don’t want to go outside with your hair wet, but you can try techniques like 2-strand flat twists, box braids, or Bantu knots. None of these styles need heat.
Winter Hair Care Tip 2: Use Oil Massages to Hydrate Your Hair
Dry indoor air can zap the moisture from your hair and cause it to be drier than normal. It can also cause your scalp to become dry and flaky. If you don’t usually use hair oils as part of your hair care routine, the winter months are a great time to start. Apply a few drops of nourishing hair oil like Lilyam Liquid Gold A+C to your strands to help replenish the moisture. Oil massages can also help prevent breakage and leave your hair feeling soft and shiny.
Winter Hair Tip 3: Wash Your Hair Less Often
The wintertime is not the time to wash your hair every day. If you are used to washing it every day, you may want to try switching your routine up a bit for your hair’s sake. Washing it too often strips hair of its natural oils that are beneficial for keeping it moisturized and protected. Try shampooing every other day. If your hair is still too dry, try washing it every three days. You may want to opt for a dry shampoo to help increase the time between washings.
Winter Hair Care Tip 4: Avoid Hot Showers
Hot showers are especially tempting in the colder months. But when the water is too hot, it removes natural oils and moisture from the hair. This causes it to dry out even more. It can also cause a dry scalp and increase flakiness. Adjust the water temp so it is lukewarm and if you can, blast it with a bit of cold water at the end to help seal the cuticles.
Winter Hair Care Tip 5: Get Regular Trims
Drier winter air can cause split ends and breakage. Wearing hats and scarves also produce friction that can put additional strain on your hair. Trimming your hair every four to eight weeks throughout the winter months prevents some of this. Trim just a half inch off the bottom to remove split ends. Regular trims help keep your hair looking fresh.
Winter Hair Care Tip 6: Use a Humidifier
When you turn your heater on, it provides warmth, but it also dries the air in the room. This can be damaging to your hair. A simple humidifier helps balance the moisture levels in a room. By rehydrating the room, a humidifier helps keep your hair from drying out as much.
Winter Hair Care Tip 7: Never Go Outside with Wet Hair
Because cold air causes hair shafts to expand, it makes wet hair more vulnerable to damage than dry hair. If it’s too cold outside, wet hair can freeze and break off. Make sure your hair is dry before stepping outside. You may need to adjust your hair care routine to give it time to air dry.
If you have questions about keeping your hair healthy for the rest of the winter season, contact us at Lilyam. Our natural hair oils are blended to give your hair the best benefit. Call us today and let us help you find what works best for your curly hair.