I live in, arguably, one of the coldest provinces in Canada - Saskatchewan. This means that when winter hits, I need to know how to react to the long months of keeping my hair looking healthy and intact!
Damage due to the cold is pretty much unavoidable, unless you plan on stoking up and staying inside for the winter months...so, let's talk about what we can do to help prevent and cut down on any damaging effects.
- General damage: This is pretty basic. The wind and the cold are going to be more damaging to your hair, not to mention we are wearing hats and scarves up against the follicle and cause damage. A little extra moisture through the winter is a must-have; along with weekly hair treatments...you should be pretty safe. I also suggest a deep conditioner.
- Cold Frizz: I'm lucky enough not to get this, but I know many girls who do! Luckily, there is a lot we can do to prevent this. Oiling the hair will help, so will upping your moisture...being sure to rinse your hair in cold water, washing the hair less often and using a wooden brush or comb.
- Dry Scalp: A dry scalp will become more common in the winter. Oiling the scalp will be beneficial in preventing and curing a dry scalp, as well as rinsing the hair in one cup of vinegar. Other remedies are: conditioning the scalp, applying cold green tea to the hair and massaging the scalp to remove all dead skin cells.
Diet is always a big factor in our hair's health. While I am sure you know all of this already, our hair needs it's protein as well as biotin and omega-3. Lots of water is also an important ingredient, so we can treat and hydrate our hair from the inside out.
Whether you are using your heat tools or not, it is a good idea to use some sort of thermal protector. It is believed that using a thermal protector will not just help with heat styling, but also the cold from winter! A few great DIY ones are most likely an oil you already have (coconut, olive, grapeseed or argon work great). Oiling the hair will also help with fly-away's.
Another thing when it comes to styling, use protective styles as often as you can. These include buns and braids.
Lastly, let's talk quickly about temperature. Did you know that cold will increase hair shredding and could make breakage easier? While the heat from our heaters sucks moisture out of the house and can leave our hair dry. That's another reason upping your moisture treatments are so important.