How To Prep Your Hair For The Colder Weather
So while we soak up the very last of the sunshine we thought it was time to start planning our routines for the colder months. Prepping your hair before the weather changes is a great way to prevent damage and to keep it looking healthy.
Colder weather brings a wave of new hair woes to keep us occupied in the hair aisle. From central heating to the cold air outside and the constant wind and rain, our skin and strands can get seriously zapped of moisture. If that wasn’t bad enough it can leave us with dry and brittle hair that’s lacklustre and in need of some TLC. Here’s what you need to do...
Invest In A Hair Oil
Hair oils are the best way to replenish moisture in your hair and as they’re natural they won’t cause any damage or buildup on your strands. Using oil on the lengths and ends of your hair will help to seal the cuticles so that they can hold onto more moisture. Not only will this provide them with an extra layer of protection but it’ll make them stronger and healthier too. You can either use a little bit every day or use it as a nourishing, pre-shampoo treatment once a week. To do this you’ll want to cover your hair with the oil and then pop on a shower cap to open your cuticles. This will allow it to soak into the hair leaving it really nourished.
Nourish Your Scalp
Your skin tends to be a lot drier in the winter so it’s important to start caring for your scalp now so that it can withstand the colder weather. Having dry skin can affect how much sebum your follicles produce which is your hairs natural moisturiser. This can lead to even drier hair along with an itchy and irritated scalp. We’d definitely recommend trying the Living Proof Dry Scalp Treatment to combat this. It’s a hyaluronic acid based, leave-in treatment which works to hydrate and soothe irritated skin. It’ll also help to prevent dandruff while keeping your hair follicles nourished and healthy.
Get A Cut
The cold weather can be really damaging to your hair so if you’ve already got split ends it’s going to be even more prone to damage. Once your hair splits it will keep on splitting up the hair shaft leaving you with thin, wispy hair on the ends. You’ll want to get a haircut at the end of the summer to remove any damage and then continue getting regular trims during the winter months. It’s recommended that you cut your hair every 6-12 weeks which will help to keep the ends of your hair strong and resilient to damage.
Switch Up Your Shampoo And Conditioner
The moisture levels in the air drop in the colder months so although we don’t have to worry about humidity-induced frizz our strands will be a lot drier. As dry hair is more prone to damage, dullness and frizz it’s important to pump your strands with as much nourishment as possible. The best option would be co-washing, which is when you just use a cleansing conditioner and skip the shampoo. This allows your hair to hold onto some much-needed moisture so that it’s clean but not stripped of oil. If this wouldn’t work for your hair type then we’d go for something like the OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner instead. It helps to strengthen your strands with egg white protein while hydrating your hair and improving elasticity.