Many people think that summer is the harshest time of year for their hair. While the drying effects of strong sunlight and vacation hair hazards like swimming pool chlorine can certainly take their toll, these are actually far less of a problem than the impact winter conditions can have on your hair. Here we take a look at some of the stresses the winter season can inflict on hair, and what you can do to combat them.
Why Is Winter Bad For Your Hair?
In winter, you are dealing with a number of prime hair foes. For one thing, windy conditions will dry out hair faster than direct sunlight, and will also rough up the cuticles making hair look dull. Additionally, rain, snow and other moist outdoor conditions can cause frizz, generally causing us to overload our hair with more frizz fighting products or use heat styling tools like straighteners or diffusers more than we would at any other time of year. Add to this the breakages to weak hair caused by pulling hats and hoods on and off several times a day, and it is easy to see why winter is a tough time of year for hair.
Winter is also a bad time for the scalp, because if you have any kind of skin sensitivity, such as dandruff, eczema or psoriasis, the drying effects of the wind and the rapid temperature changes as you go from the cold outdoors to hot, well heated indoor places will exacerbate it.
It is therefore really important to take especially good care of your hair and scalp in the colder months. Since the benefits of coconut oil for hair of all types outweigh what winter’s cold air can do to your hair, it’s definitely something worth exploring. With coconut oil, your hair could look and feel more invigorating than ever during these chillier months.
Ways to Look After Your Hair in Winter
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In winter, it makes very good sense to use a deep conditioning masque or hot oil treatment every three days. Where it is beneficial to use these kinds of products weekly throughout the year, an additional treatment or two per week in winter will really help your hair combat the elements. Make sure you leave the product in for at least five minutes before rinsing it out, though there really is no limit to how long you can leave it in if you want to luxuriate in a hot bath for an hour on a cold winter evening!
If you have increased the amount of product you are generally using to fight frizz, you should also invest in a good clarifying shampoo. This will stop the buildup of frizz serums over time, and make your hair look and feel cleaner. If you are also using your hairdryer, straighteners or other heat styling tools more regularly, it is also a good idea to start using a heat protection spray beforehand to stop these from drying your hair out further.
Winter is certainly the toughest season on your hair, but if you give it some extra care and attention then there is no reason why you can’t enjoy glossy, well moisturized hair through the holiday season and beyond!