8 Ways to Prepare & Keep Your Hair Beautiful this Winter
Even though Australia’s winters are much milder than other countries, having a few winter hair care tips on hand can really help keep your hair in great condition all year round.
Just because you won’t be spending as much time outside doesn’t mean that you should stop paying attention to your locks. Making a few slight adjustments to your routine is all you need to enjoy soft hair and a healthy scalp throughout the winter months.
A Look at Common Winter Hair Problems
Below are some of the most common hair issues you could experience as the temperatures drop:
- Dry ends. As the weather gets colder, moisture levels drop too, which can end up affecting your hair.
- Frizz. Stepping out into the cold when you’ve been spending time in a warm home or office can cause the cuticle layer of the hair to open and close, which is how frizz happens.
- Tangled Hair. We tend to wear a lot more layers in the winter months. Items such as scarves and jerseys with high necks can lead to knotty, matted hair.
- Flat Hair. You may have spent time washing and styling your hair all morning but the minute you get outside, the winter drizzle can cause your hair to become flat and dull.
Winter Hair Care Tips to Boost Your Locks
Along with having the right products in your bathroom, here are a few professional tips that will keep your hair looking and feeling great until spring.
1. Go Easy on the Heat
When it’s cold outside, it can be tempting to spend extra time in a boiling hot shower or blow dry your hair for just a little longer. Unfortunately, heat is not your hair’s best friend, so it’s important to keep this in mind as we head into winter. Along with drying out your hair, too much heat can damage your scalp too, causing your hair to become much more brittle. Take the time to nourish and protect your hair and scalp if you will be exposing it to heat.
2. Lock that Moisture In
Your hair needs just as much moisture to stay healthy as your skin does. When you wash your hair on a daily basis, natural essential oils don’t have time to build up and feed your hair, which can leave your hair feeling incredibly dry, especially when the air is already dry outside. If you struggle with greasy hair, consider using a dry shampoo in between washes instead of washing the natural oils away. A bonus tip is to rinse your hair with cold water after you’ve applied your conditioner as this will seal the cuticle.
3. Consider Adding a Clarifying Shampoo to the Mix
Chemicals do build up on your hair over time – from chlorine and hairsprays to mousses. Even certain shampoos and conditioners can leave residue on your hair, which can make it heavy and unnecessarily greasy. By adding a clarifying shampoo to your winter hair care routine, you can eliminate product build-up and allow your hair to breathe.
4. Use a Microfiber Hair Towel
If you tend to struggle with frizzy hair during the winter months, consider buying a microfiber hair towel. Not only are they ultra-absorbent but you won’t need to rub your hair and scalp to get it dry, which means less frizz to deal with after your bath or shower.
5. Care for Your Colour
Hair dye can have a drying effect on your hair, so if you are planning to change your hair colour for winter, try not to go more than two shades darker or lighter. Highlights are a great way to add a new colour to your hair without having to change your colour completely. It’s also important to choose products that are designed for colour-treated hair as this will prolong your results and keep your hair moisturised.
6. Weekly Treatments Do Wonders
To give your locks that added boost during the colder months, add a weekly treatment to your hair care routine. Treatments will help restore the strength of your hair and provide it with some additional moisture, which is particularly helpful if you use heat styling tools every week.
7. Try a New Look
If you’re not too keen on changing your hair colour, why not use winter as a good excuse to try a new look. Cutting your hair is a great way to breathe new life into your locks and step into winter with a brand-new look and renewed confidence. When you have less hair to work with, it also becomes slightly easier to manage, which might be more convenient during the colder months.
8. Don’t Forget about Your Scalp
When your scalp is happy and healthy, your hair will be too. Not everyone realises that their scalps are unhealthy until they start experiencing discomfort or their hairdresser comments on it. Along with using products that are gentle on your scalp, massaging your head is a great way to encourage blood flow and exfoliate your skin.
Winter is not everyone’s favourite season but a little pampering can really turn things around. Plus, this way you can be sure you’ll have amazing hair for summer.