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Winterproof Your Hair


Winterproof Your Hair

Dry, frizzy, brittle hair? Ah, wintertime. Learn how to coax your locks into submission, naturally.

Dry, frizzy, brittle hair? Ah, it must be winter again. But while many of us battle with unmanageable winter hair, we may not know how to best coax it into submission. These myths and facts will put you on track to luxurious locks.

Myth: Hot showers don’t impact hair

Truth: Many of us know that hot, long showers can dry out our skin, but did you know that they can also dry out hair? Try to shorten your showers and make them a bit cooler (I know, it’s easier said than done in the winter).

You may also notice that in the winter, when you hair is drier, you can go for longer between shampoos. Just use a shower cap to protect your hair and lock in moisture when you shower without shampooing.

Myth: You can’t do anything about static electricity

Truth: Not true! Try using a natural bristle brush with a wooden, rather than plastic, handle. Try to limit how often you brush your hair in general. A light oil such as argan oil, gently applied to hair, may also help fight static electricity.

Myth: If you stay inside, you’re protected

Truth: Not hitting the ski slopes? Your hair can still become dry and brittle in the winter. Indoor heating can mimic the damage to hair that’s done by heat styling tools, such as a hairdryer. The fix? Use rich, protective shampoos and conditioners with natural sources of essential fatty acids, such as plant oils. Oh, and do your best to limit your use of hot styling tools, too!

Myth: Everyone can use leave-in hair treatments and deep conditioners

Truth: If you have very fine hair, heavy products may weigh down your locks, leaving them even more limp than before. Make sure the product you’re using is formulated for fine or thin hair, and be careful to apply to ends and keep it away from your scalp.

Myth: You can repair your split ends

Truth: Sadly, you can’t actually repair split ends. If you don’t want to trim them off, your best bet is to smooth them with a rich oil or conditioner. To prevent split ends, be kind to your hair—limit the time you wear your hair in a tight ponytail or bun, and don’t use broken or uncoated hair elastics.

Want more hair care advice? Check out our recent article “Best Hair Practices.” 



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