With temperatures dropping and the frigid air continually blowing through our luscious locks one thing is for certain: it’s time to change up our hair routine! Growing up in Ottawa, Canada I have experienced many years of freezing cold (I’m talking -40 degree) temperatures and subsequently perfected the Winter hair routine. An excess of cold, dry air outside contrasted with warm, dry interiors zap moisture out of your hair, leaving it dry, brittle and frizzy. It is for this reason it is extremely important to change up your hair routine in order to give your hair the extra TLC it deserves.
Winter Hair Care Survival Guide
CONDITIONER = YOUR NEW BFF
In order to prevent dry brittle hair, it is important to condition your hair on the regular. To avoid hair breakage, you should replace your current conditioner with an intensive conditioner. There are a variety of intensive conditioners on the market – and they will provide your hair that extra moisture it needs to avoid dull hair and cases of dandruff. In addition, you’ll want to use a leave in deep conditioner at least once a week. Remember: conditioner is your friend!
KICK STATIC TO THE CURB
Nothing is more annoying than your hair standing on end after a 20 minute hair styling session. To avoid the dreaded static, caused by a mixture of dry air and those cute wool sweaters, hydrate your hair with moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. As mentioned before, leave in deep conditioners help to zap brittle (and static-y) hair. If you’ve got a bad case of static ends, you can purchase anti-static sprays fabricated to control static in your hair!
If you’ll be spending long periods of time outside on that ski trip your dad planned against your will, make sure to cover your hair with a hat and scarf! Extreme temperatures can severely damage your hair so be sure to stay bundled up!
HEAT PROTECTANT OR GO HOME
During the Winter it is more important than ever to use a heat protectant on your hair before applying hot styling tools. Make sure to stock up on your favorite heat protectant and apply a few extra sprays to ensure maximum heat coverage. Further, when using heat styling tools – apply heat for short intervals. Since your hair is extra delicate in the Winter, you’ll want to apply the least amount of heat as possible!
WHEN IN DOUBT TRIM IT OUT
Since brittle and/or split ends are sometimes inevitable during Winter, be sure to go for regular trims to keep your hair looking fresh. Make sure to communicate with your hairdresser and explain exactly how much length you want taken off the ends. You don’t want your hairdresser getting scissor happy!
GENTLY BRUSH YOUR HAIR
As your hair is more fragile than ever, it is important to make sure you are using a gentle hairbrush. With the temperature dropping, I have been using my Goody Clean Radiance hairbrush with copper bristles which massage my scalp and restore my hair’s natural moisture balance. The copper bristles also reduce natural buildup in my hair – which extends freshness between washes! Plus, the flexible cushion pad on this hairbrush provides added comfort when brushing my hair. I highly recommend this brush for your Winter hair routine! No matter what brush you’re using, make sure to begin brushing your hair from the base and work your way up to avoid breakage. Be extra careful when brushing out tangles!
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