Are you looking forward to spring, summer, and fall? Winter weather may have its charms, and there's no arguing that a snowy day is its own type of magic, but there's no doubt that the cold season can wreak havoc on your hair. As the winter months draw to a close, make sure to focus on your hair health and avoid these common hair habits until spring has sprung with these tips and tricks.
1. Going Out With Wet Hair
Wet hair is not your friend during the cold winter months. When you flaunt your damp locks outdoors, you risk excess tangling and hair damage. Plus, baby it's cold outside! Cold weather leads to chilly hair, which causes the hair shaft to expand, making it even more susceptible to breakage. If you've colored your hair, those wet locks can make the color fade faster. And actually, the same goes for sleeping with wet or damp hair. Make sure you've got a good head of dry hair on your shoulders before going to bed or stepping out.
2. Overwashing Your Hair
Are you used to daily washes? It might feel great and keep your hair looking and feeling clean, but it can also strip your hair of its natural oils, leading to dry hair and split ends. And this goes double for cold weather months. Switch up your daily hair care routine by skipping a wash or two, and make sure to use hair care products that are free of sulfates, colorants, and other harmful substances. Fortunately, your hair will be naturally strengthened and protected, even against Old Man Winter, when you use Lu.
3. Skipping the Conditioner
This might sound like contradictory advice after tip #2, but shampoo and conditioner serve different purposes. Many women skip conditioning their hair no matter what season it is, because they either don't have the time for that extra step or they don't feel their locks need it. A good conditioner moisturizes and protects against frizz and breakage, especially when it includes natural ingredients like Lu's Rescue, Freedom, and Control conditioners. It's an invaluable ally during the winter, when your hair is at its weakest.
4. Using Heat Styling Tools
Even when it's not cold outside, heat styling tools can cause plenty of stress and trauma to your mane, including hair breakage and damage to the hair cuticle. We know it's tempting to set the blow dryer too high on those frigid mornings, but you'll be doing your mane a service by putting the hair dryers down and air drying or towel drying your hair.
5. Not Drinking Enough Water
Proper hydration is a year-round healthy habit, and it's just important in the winter season. The cold air leeches moisture from your hair, often leading to dry scalp and brittle hair strands. Getting enough moisture is an important part of any winter hair care routine. It helps avoid dry scalp and itchy hair, along with more serious damage. Another way to moisturize your locks during the chilly months is to give it an oil massage. Make sure to use natural oils like olive oil or coconut oil, and massage into your scalp at least once a week.
From dry skin to dry hair, the winter can be a harsh time of year for us. Keep the cold at bay and ensure healthy hair during the season with these easy hair care tips.