Battling dry hair can be challenging throughout any season, but doing so in the winter months can feel like putting out Bonfire Night with a spray bottle. The dry, cold air makes our hair ever more susceptible to being parched and brittle.
And, for curly and coily hair it’s even harder as these types have a more difficult time retaining much needed moisture than do straight and wavy types. This is because naturally produced oils struggle to travel down the hair strands due to their curl pattern.
From protective styling to getting the right vitamins, treat your hair on both the outside and inside with the TLC it needs to thrive throughout the long, cold winter months.
10 WAYS TO AVOID DRY HAIR THIS WINTER
1. Get a trim!
Dead ends can make your hair look dull and can also make styling and straightening harder. A trim or cut is the perfect reset for reviving dry hair.
Visit a stylist to trim off unhealthy hair weighing down fresh hair growth. While you’re there, ask about styling tips for the colder seasons. They may recommend a new routine that can keep your hair from being damaged.
If you want, go a step further than just a trim and consider a whole new hair style. For inspiration, check out the latest looks. Always keep in mind, though, your face shape and what works best with it.
For short hair: Try a tousled bob or, if you are feeling really brave, a short, choppy pixie cut.
For medium hair: A cut just past the shoulders, especially with layers is a great style for you to play around with volume.
For long hair: Try showing off your length with layers and a few pieces to frame your face.
For natural hair (our curly/coily friends): Shape is the most important, so get a trim (try a curly cut) and then decide if you want to cut some soft bangs for a new look.
2. Take vitamins
We all know that vitamins contribute to the health of your body, but there are many vitamins that aid in the health of your hair. Vitamin A, vitamin C, and biotin all promote healthier, stronger hair.
3. Apply oils and serums
Oils and serums are a simple, easy way to lock in moisture. They replenish the natural sebum that your hair produces in between wash days.
Using steamers or heating caps when you apply oil to your hair allows the hair cuticles to open so that the benefits of the oils can get into the hair strands.
Some oils that are good for this type of treatment include grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, and coconut oil. You should apply oil treatments to clean and damp or dry hair.
Simply mix your oils of choice in a heat-safe bowl. Create a double boiler situation by adding about an inch of water to a small pot or saucepan, then placing your bowl on top. Heat the oil until it is warm to the touch. Be cautious as to not overheat the oils, as it could burn your scalp.
Test a small amount on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Then work the oil into your scalp and all the way down to your ends. Cover your hair for at least 30 minutes or even overnight. Finally, wash out the oils thoroughly by shampooing twice.
4. Avoid washing your hair too often
You should refrain from washing your hair more than necessary. Shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils and therefore strips it of any natural moisture.
People with type 3 and type 4 hair should wash their hair less often because their hair produces less natural oils.
5. Deep conditioning treatments
Deep conditioners are used as an additional step in the wash process to moisturise and repair hair follicles. They should be applied thoroughly and left in your hair anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight.
The harder it is for your hair to retain moisture, the more often you should deep condition your hair. If you hair is prone to producing a lot of natural oils, you will not need to deep condition it as frequently.
Deep conditioner is usually recommended to be added to freshly washed hair. People with hair types 3 and 4 should deep condition their hair every time they wash it. It will ensure that strands are properly moisturised.
6. Reduce the use of heat tools
There's nothing like a good blow-out to make you feel sexier. But heat styling can do more harm than good if you're not careful. Turning your blow dryer up to the highest setting may dry your hair fast on a busy morning, but it will also raise your cuticle and cause damage over time.
Similarly, using a curling iron or hair straightener too often or at too high of a setting is damaging. Since the weather is already going to be drying out your hair, you don’t want to add to the dryness by blow drying, straightening, or curling your hair. Instead try using RevAir to style your hair.
7. Refrain from chemically damaging processes
When you bleach your hair, bleaching agents, usually hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, have to penetrate the cuticle and reach the cortex of your hair to remove the pigment.
Do this once or twice with a mild bleaching solution, and you may be okay if you are meticulous with your hair care post-treatment. Bleach your hair again and again? Well, you'll be blonde — but probably with broken, damaged hair.
Perms and chemical straightening procedures have a similar effect. Leave them on too long or apply them too often, and you'll damage the cuticle, leading to coarse and frizzy hair. If you had curly hair and were looking forward to reviving those locks, think again. The overuse of chemicals can permanently damage your curls, meaning a “big chop” may be the only solution.
8. Add Omega-3s to your diet
We are big proponents of keeping a healthy diet as the basis for healthy hair. Marine proteins like salmon and tuna can prevent your hair from thinning and can make it look shinier. You can increase your fish intake or take supplement pills rich in Omega-3s and fish oil.
9. Wear a hat or protective style
Although Summer is over, that doesn’t mean the sun goes into hiding. UV rays can damage your hair the same way they can damage your skin. A stylish hat can protect your beautiful locks while you’re out in the sun.
If hats aren’t your thing, try protective styling. Box braids, cornrows, and wigs are just three out of many protective hairstyles that you can wear to protect your hair from the sun and cold air.
10. Always keep Aloe Vera in close reach
Dry hair often is accompanied by dry scalp. Aloe vera gel is known to help with itchy scalp and flaking skin. The fatty acids in the aloe plant have anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe gel also strengthens and repairs hair strands. It contains vitamins A, C, and E, which all promote healthier, shinier hair.
Whenever your hair feels a little dry or lifeless, simply apply aloe vera gel -- directly from the plant or store bought--throughout your hair, focusing on your scalp. Let it sit for up to an hour, and then rinse with a mild shampoo.
DON’T LET THE COLD GET THE BEST OF YOUR HAIR
Living in the UK, you’d think your hair would get used to the weather, but it doesn’t. It’s your responsibility to give it all the TLC it needs. Protective styling, replacing your blow dryer with RevAir and deep conditioning are just a few key things that can transform the health of your hair.
Don’t let the harsh winter weather get the best of your hair. Now that you have some ammunition against the cold, you’re ready for battle. If you have any questions about how RevAir can help you avoid dry hair, reach out to us. Someone from our team of experts can assist you.