The weather outside is frightful...and it definitely takes it toll on your hair hair. Whether it's raining, bitingly cold or, as the bay area tends to be, a bit indecisive, winter weather is harsh on all hair textures and types. Just like skin, hair needs protection from the cold and elements to remain healthy.
So let's talk about our defense against the outdoors, arctic air, whipping winds, static electricity, and even indoor heat and keep our hair in top health during the chillier season.
1. Wear a hat.
It is important to cover your hair during the winter months to shield it from the moisture-robbing dry air, snow, wind, and rain. This is not the time to worry about dreaded hat hair. The elements dry your hair out, making it more prone to breakage. So, embrace the chapeau look.
Hat's made with scratchier materials may cause breakage, so be sure to select your hat fabric wisely.
Fight static electricity under your hat by using a light oil. You know we love Oribe's Gold Lust Oil amd we have plenty in stock. Stop on by. It makes a great stocking stuffer.
2. Buy a humidifier.
Want to know a surprising way to fight dry hair in the winter? Use a humidifier. Indoor heating causes the air in your home to become very dry, pulling moisture out of your hair. Humidifiers help rehydrate the air to keep your locks looking lustrous.
3. Get regular trims.
I know we all get a little lazier in winter due to all the indoor activities but don't give up the routine trims. Trimming your hair every four to eight weeks is a good way to maintain hair health and keep your locks looking fresh. Take a half inch off the bottom to reduce the chances of developing dry, split ends.
4. Lower the water temperature when you shower.
Even though a steamy shower might be just what you’re looking for when the temperature is below freezing, hot water can zap moisture from your hair making it brittle and more vulnerable to breaking. So throw your hair up in one of our favorite shower caps and steam up but afterwards, lower the temp and wash your hair with lukewarm water. We have plenty of cute shower caps in stock. Makes a great gift too.
5. Avoid heat styling.
Allowing your hair to air dry is best. Blow drying draws moisture out of your hair increasing the chance of breakage. Heat-free drying helps keep your hair shiny and healthy.
If you can, wash your hair the night before with enough time to full y dry before best (or you can finish the drying before bed with a very low temp blow dry). Then you can style in the morning OR us our heatless curl system. Don't skip the satin scrunchie and pillowcase too.
When your hair is already delicate in the colder months, heat styling amplifies the issue and sucks the moisture right out of your strands. So limit the heat and use this time to explore new styles like twists, braids, and buns and stop by the salon to pick up your heatless curl system, Silk scrunchies and pillowcases.
6. Don’t leave the house with wet hair.
Or sleep in it! Wet hair is more vulnerable to damage than dry hair. Walking outside in winter with a wet head can cause hair to freeze and break. Sleeping in it can also cause breakage and matting.
7. Up the moisturizing products
When winter wreaks havoc on your hair, restore moisture with ILES Formula. This trio is perfect for our extension clients, as it adds moisture but won't weigh down your hair. It makes a great gift AND we even have the trio in a mini-set.
8. Do a weekly hair mask.
Hair masks can make a significant difference when it comes to dry, damaged hair. They can reverse the effects of dryness while making sure your hair is protected at an optimal level all year round. Hair masks are quick and easy to use. They are packed with tons of hair health benefits and are effective in under 20-minutes. Hair masks offer benefits like softening, hydrating and adding shine. We have a handful of options from Oribe to Iles and Aveda. Stop by and we'll guide you in the right direction.
9. Avoid frequent hair washes.
We've said it before and we'll keep shouting it from the rooftops. Limit your washes. If you wear extensions, you can easily wash once or twice a week depending on your routines and hair type.
Sometimes you can go longer! Over-washing your hair will strip it of natural oils that help to keep hair moisturized and protected. This is especially bad in the winter when those oils are much needed. Try extending the time between your washes as much as possible. Dry shampoo opens up the hair shaft and brings life back to your hairstyle. It will also keep your hair smelling and looking fresh. We've got a few in stock and we'll make sure you get a dry shampoo that works for you.
Follow these tips and with a little extra effort, you can keep your hair hydrated and looking great this winter.
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