Frigid temps, blustery winds, and dry indoor air can do a number on your hair, drying out the scalp and making the most luscious of locks look flat and dull. And while moving south for the winter might not be an option for you, there still are ways you can outwit the elements. Here are 10 tips to weather-proof your hair.
- Wash your hair two to three times a week to lock in natural oils and prevent it from drying out. Less frequent washing means less heat styling, too, which is harsh on hair.
- If you must heat-style, use a good quality, heat protecting spray to minimize the damage done by blow dryers, curling irons, etc.
- Avoid long, hot showers. This might seem counterintuitive during cold weather months, but hot steamy showers strip hair, skin, and scalps of essential moisture. Keep showers short and sweet using mid-to-lukewarm water.
- Use a moisturizing conditioner that contains fatty acids and humectants that help attract and retain moisture.
- Avoid hair products with sulphate. This common ingredient also strips hair of its natural oils and can lead to damage. Look for products with as few chemical ingredients as possible.
- Wear a hat to protect your hair and scalp from the elements. To tame static and frizz from hats and scarves, use a frizz control spray and keep a bottle of dry shampoo handy to liven up flat roots. If you have curly hair, try a silk-lined hat to prevent breakage.
- Use argan oil on especially cold days to instantly moisturize your hair. Choose a product specifically formulated for your hair type.
- Get regular haircuts and trims during the winter months to get rid of dry, split ends and keep hair healthy.
- Nourish your hair from the inside out with a diet that includes plenty of vitamins A, C, E, omega 3s, iron, and selenium.
- Keep indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. Dry indoor air can dehydrate scalps, hair, skin, and nails. Invest in a humidifier to help replace some of the moisture lost when a home has forced air heat.
The healthier your hair, the happier you’ll be – whether you’ve had a hair transplant or not. If you’re investigating the possibility of a transplant, we can help answer all your questions and then some. Just contact us for a free initial consultation so we can explore the possibilities together.