Winter can be just as bad as summer when it comes to your
hair. Dropping temperatures and other winter hair hazards can leave you
with hair that is limp, dry, or damaged Ė even without the seawater or
chlorine. Now for the good news: with a few precautions, you can protect
your hair through the cold months and emerge with beautiful hair in the
Unless you live somewhere close to the equator, youíre
going to come in frequent contact with one of the top causes of dry,
unmanageable winter hair: indoor heating. No, donít reach for the
thermostat. Freezing to death for the sake of good hair just isnít worth
it. Instead, try these tips to keep your hair from drying out as you
Switch to a moisturizing or replenishing shampoo.
Condition daily and use a deep, leave-in conditioner
or hair mask once a week.
Put a little shea butter, jojoba, or olive oil on
your hands and run them through the tips of your hair to prevent
dryness and splitting. Treat your hair like your skin.
Limit your use of the curling iron, set your
blowdryer to a lower setting, and wash your hair in warm (rather
than hot) water. Do this year round to keep heat from drying out
Dry-shampoo your hair between water washes. Dry
shampoo is essentially an oil-absorbing powder such as cornstarch
that is sprinkled on, then brushed out. It doesnít strip your hair
of oils the way regular shampoo does.
Use a small indoor humidifier to keep the air moist.
Whether youíre a diehard skier or just someone who spends
time outdoors in the winter, youíll want to protect your hair from sun,
wind, extreme temperatures, and frost.
These simple steps can help keep the great outdoors from
damaging your hair:
Wear hats or scarves to protect your hair. Wash and
rotate them often to avoid oil build-up.
Comb a small amount of sunblock through your hair
before prolonged outdoors activities. Alternately, you can also buy
spray-on sunblock for your hair.
Donít go outside with your hair wet! This one is
pretty obvious, but itís worth a mention. Frozen hair is brittle
hair, and that means breakage. (To say nothing of the misery
associated with having icy hair.)
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