It’s that time again! Winter makes us think of hot chocolate, twinkling lights, holiday tunes, and cozy sweaters… but it also reminds us of that horrible feeling when you take off your hat and hear static and hair strands snapping, or when you style your hair all morning and open the door to find that it’s snowing. As the seasons change, so should your hair maintenance routine. Here are a few tips to keeping your hair healthy and moisturized all winter long, protecting your hair as well as your extensions.
Decrease the number of times you shampoo your hair.
It is okay to wear a wash and go during the Spring and the Summer months, but it is no fun leaving the house on a frosty chilly morning with wet or damp hair. This is especially true if you live in a very cold climate because your hair can actually freeze and break if you go outside in the cold with wet hair. Try to extend the period between your shampoos as much as possible, and use dry shampoo in between to keep your hair looking fresh. And of course, remember to use conditioner each time! If needed, it's always better to rinse your hair with conditioner only, skipping the shampoo altogether. For your extensions, you definitely want to use a dry shampoo for your roots to limit the amount of shampooing you are doing.
Use warm oil to moisturize your scalp and hair.
Doing a warm also known as a hot oil treatment in your hair more often is critical for the icy months of winter. This will help protect and seal in moisture to prevent split ends and dry brittle hair. A great product for this treatment is Indique Hair Care Essential French Argon Oil. In addition to deep conditioning more frequently this will help protect your hair underneath as well as your extensions.
Cut down on your heat heavy styling routine.
We love the straight silky styles but in the winter time and the intense temperature change going from outside to indoors that drastic change is going to suck some of the moisture from your hair. Don’t help it along with flat irons, blow dryers and curling irons. Winter is an ideal season to practice setting techniques like wet sets, pin curls and wraps, none of which require heat to style your hair. Consider using a diffuser or set your blow dryer on medium instead of high to decrease the amount of heat you put on your hair. And if you must use hot tools make sure to pin curl or wrap your hair at night so you do not have to add unnecessary heat on a daily basis.
Wear a hat to protect your hair from the harsh cold and wind.
When you do have to go outside make sure you are protecting your hair from the snow and icy wind. You should also line your winter hats and beanies with silk or satin to protect your hair against damage and split ends. Your hair will flourish and thank you in the summertime following these steps.