Jack Frost may be nipping at your nose, but winter weather can be brutal on your hair. This winter, take extra precautions to protect your hair so it stays healthy and shiny all season.

If you have to go outside, haircareguide.com suggests covering your hair with a hat or scarf to protect from the wind and cold. Additionally, avoid going outside with wet hair as it can freeze, which could lead to breakage.

According to haircareguide.com, items that use heat for styling should be avoided, if possible, during the winter months as they deplete hair’s natural moisture and make it more prone to damage. If high-heat items such as blow dryers or straighteners have to be used, try applying a leave-in conditioner to your hair before styling.

A recent Teen Vogue article suggests washing your hair less during the winter months to help retain moisture. If the thought of not washing your hair every day totally grosses you out, try using a dry shampoo in between washes to eliminate excess oil.

Additionally, Teen Vogue recommends going to a beauty salon at least once a month during the winter to get deep conditioning treatments. Using frizz-ease serums can also help eliminate static associated with hat hair, etc.

The Lost Girls, a website featuring travel advice from three girls who embarked on a worldwide adventure, recommends using cooler water to wash hair as hot water can be damaging. They also suggest using a humidifier inside as heaters can draw moisture out of hair and make it dry and brittle.

Sources

http://www.haircareguide.com/winter.htm
http://www.teenvogue.com/beauty/blogs/beauty/2010/10/five-tips-on-how-to-protect-your-hair-this-winter.html

Katie Clontz is a staff writer and customer service representative for Human Hair Extensions. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and has previously worked for publications such as The Courier-Times, The Knightstown Banner and Angie’s List.

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