7 Ways to weather-proof your hair for winter
We all want luscious locks but the cold weather can cause hair to become dry, brittle and lacklustre. Luckily there are several ways to outsmart the elements with a weather-proofing routine…
1. Beware towel drying
An important factor in frizz fighting is how you handle your hair when it is wet. It's important not to wring it out as this ruffles up the cuticles—instead squeeze it gently to remove the excess water.
Try swapping your regular towel with a microfiber cloth, this absorbs excess moisture remotely faster and reduces blow-drying time (and heat damage to your locks).
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2. Avoid ponytails
As simple as it sounds, wearing your hair down as much as possible will do good for your hair. This is due to the hair breakage that a bobble creates.
If you do need to tie your hair up at the gym or during the sweaty commute, then try to wear it at different heights to avoid too much pressure in just one area.
3. Improve your brushing technique
Brushing your hair to detangle your knots is part of your daily routine, but some brushing styles can cause breakage.
Try not to brush your hair whilst wet as you can cause a lot more breakage. By brushing your hair a little slower and smoother you can detangle all the ends without any damage to the roots.
An extra tip is to opt for a wide-toothed comb or use a natural bristle brush to spread the brush strands along the entire length of your hair without causing any damage.
4. Keep hair washing to a minimum
If possible, always try to limit the amount you wash your hair to just two or three times a week as this helps to prevent it from drying out in the cold snap.
In turn, it also reduces the amount of heat styling in your routine, as you need to style it less, which can be harsh to your hair.
Take a final soak in cold water when washing your hair as this is effective in minimizing frizz and maximizing shine—just prepare yourself before the cold water!
5. Use Argan oil
Argan oil is a saviour product during cold spells as it moisturises the hair within an instant.
Cold air is dry, even if you don’t notice your hair almost certainly does—the hydrating properties of argan oil will help your hair to fight the battle of winters dry and damaging air.
Always make sure that the oil isn’t too heavy for your hair, as you don’t want to weigh it down.
6. Protect hair against static
Even though woolly hats and cosy scarves are the best protection from the cold, they can also cause your hair to go frizzy.
Frizz control sprays can limit static, just spray on damp or bone-dry hair before styling to lock in the flyaways.
If your hair is naturally curly, then a silk-lined hat can prevent breakage in addition to keeping you warm and ensure your hair is hydrated with regular conditioning by locking it in with a leave in conditioner.
To prevent hat hair it's handy to carry a travel-sized bottle of dry shampoo to rescue flat roots.
7. Rethink your diet
Eating foods that are rich in natural oils, minerals and vitamins will help to give your body everything you need to keep hair looking that extra bit healthier and top up your own general well-being during winter.
Ensure that your diet includes plenty of vitamin C, A and E as well as iron which can be found in fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and cereals.
This will help to boost your immune system and naturally repair the damage that can occur to your hair.
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