Most people seem to associate hair damage only with the summer heat. But the winter can be just as bad, and in some instances, it can even be worse. The cold can dry out the moisture from your hair so you end up with dry, unhealthy hair.
So, what you have to do is to treat your hair accordingly with the cold in mind. As the Starks like to say, Winter is Coming, and you better be ready.
Start with a Good Shampoo and Conditioner Combo
You can use a clarifying shampoo maybe once or twice a month. For the rest of that month, stick with a hydrating or moisturizing shampoo.
You can try the Moisture Repair Shampoo from Moroccanoil if you have thick, natural hair. If you have fine or wavy hair, try the Redken shampoos.
Minimize the Hair Washing in Winter
You don’t really have to wash your hair all that often during the winter season. The cooler temperature actually keeps your hair less greasy, anyway.
But if you wash your hair as often as you do during the other seasons of the year, you’re just actually over-washing your hair. That just leads to dry hair.
Go with 2 or 3 times of hair-washing a week, at the most. And after you wash your hair, make sure it’s completely dry before you leave the house. The cold air can do a lot of damage to wet hair.
Wear a Hat
This isn’t just to protect your head from the cold. You’re also protecting your hair from the cold as well.
It’s true that the hat itself can damage your hair, and you also run the risk of ending up with hat hair. But you can try on a silk scarf to wrap your hair in before you put on the hat or beanie.
Use a Moisturizing Mask for Your Hair
Again, dryness is the main issue here. You can end up with damaged or super-dry hair, and a deep moisturizing mask can replenish your hair. Use this at least once a week.
If you have fine hair, try the Minu Hair Mask from Davines. If you have thick or natural hair, go with Masque à L’Orchidéeare from Leonor Greyl or the Curl Recovery Mask from Ouidad.
Coconut oil for your hair also works. Try applying some of this coconut oil to your hair right before you get to bed, and let it work its magic overnight.
Deal with the Dandruff
With dryness as a constant problem, you might end up with a dry scalp and dandruff. You then need some dandruff shampoo. Head and Shoulders works, but only use it once a week. This shampoo isn’t color-safe.
Check out this video on other dandruff shampoos you can use.
Try Salon Treatments
You can go with a JCPenney Salon, which offers several treatments that you might need for the cold season. These include treatments for moisture loss, clarifying, and dry scalp and dandruff.
You may want to get regular trims as well, as it’s also one of the more effective ways of protecting your hair from the winter cold.