The winter months can be harsh on our precious locks, with the change in air temperature and humidity while moving from the cold outside to the central heating indoors. Wearing a hat outside is a common solution when it comes to protecting our strands, however the dreaded hat hair might make it tricky to hold onto that style you created in the morning. So, here are some top tips on how to care for your hair in winter and prevent your luscious locks from drying out or getting damaged.
1. Wash your hair less
There is no magic formula for how often we should wash our hair, and while it does depend on your hair type, washing your hair less in winter may help to keep it more manageable. Washing your hair too often could strip your scalp and hair from its natural oils, and in winter these oils are really important. For some people suffering from a dry scalp, winter could make it even worse. In this case it’s important to use gentle products that won’t be too harsh.
If you’re used to washing your hair frequently, then use a dry shampoo and try our Scalp Refresh to keep your scalp and hair feeling fresh in between washes.
2. Avoid dry winter hair by reducing the water temperature when washing
Turning up the heat in the shower might be very tempting during the colder months, however it’s not always the best thing for your hair. Hot water isn’t ideal for the scalp nor hair and could again strip them of their natural oils, so it’s best to turn down the dial and wash your hair with lukewarm water instead.
3. Cut your winter hair more frequently
Getting regular trims is a good way to keep your hair looking fresh and healthy. Cutting an inch off the bottom every couple of months, or every more frequently in winter, will help prevent you from getting dry, split ends.
4. Use less heat on your hair
We already know that heat styling can be both drying and damaging for our locks, so it’s best to limit using styling tools as much as possible in winter when the weather isn’t on our side. If time allows, opt for air drying instead of drying with a hairdryer. If you do need to blow-dry your hair, use a medium drying heat instead of the hottest option. You could also try opting for a heat-free styling technique such as using rollers to boost the hair. Trust us, your hair will thank you in the long run!
Having said this, reducing heat styling during the cooler months doesn’t mean you should leave the house with wet hair either. Wet hair is more prone to breakage, especially in winter – not to mention you could catch a terrible cold.
5. Use a nourishing, natural hair mask
Depending on your hair type, a hair mask might already be something you frequently use. However, if it isn’t currently a product that exists your hair care routine, we recommend trying one of our silicone free hair masks made with natural-origin ingredients. Winter weather can be particularly drying for our hair, so even if you’re not using a hair mask throughout the rest of the year, it’s a good idea to give your hair some extra TLC in the cooler months to help keep it well conditioned and nourished.
Try using our Light & Soft Hair Mask if you have fine hair, the Moisture & Shine Hair Mask for normal or damaged hair, or the Rich & Repair Hair Mask if your hair is already very damaged or coarse in texture. All our hair masks are also now available in recyclable refill pouches, so you can now keep your strands well-conditioned and nourished while helping to reduce waste at the same time.
6. Include leave-in products in your routine
Leave-in products are another ‘must’ to add to your hair care routine during winter. Some of weDo/’s favourites include the Detangle Spray to help fight against frizz and tangles, and Moisturising Day Cream. It’s best to apply these products to damp hair after washing with a sulphate free shampoo and silicone free conditioner, but the Moisturising Day Cream can also be smoothed on dry hair to fight against static. Plus, it can be doubled up as a hand cream in winter to help prevent dry hands without any stickiness. This way your hands are ready to slip on gloves without any struggle.
Our Natural Oil is another hero product that’s great for treating dry strands or split ends that have formed as a result of the cold weather. The hair oil instantly nourishes the hair, leaving it soft and frizz free, and this can be used on your skin too. Similarly, with our Protect Balm – this is best used in tiny amounts on the ends of your hair to help with static strands. It’s also great for nourishing chapped lips, another winter foe.
If you’re struggling to know where to start with your hair care routine, then check out our hair quiz and we’ll advise you on which products you should be using for your hair type and hair concerns.
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