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Winter Hair Care: Keep Your Locks Luscious All Season Long

Posted by Michael Anthony Salon

 

As winter’s chill sets in, it’s not just your skin that deserves extra care and attention – your hair needs some TLC too. The cold, dry air can leave your fragile locks feeling brittle and lifeless. But fear not! With the right winter hair care routine, you can maintain healthy, beautiful hair even in the harshest weather. Here’s how to keep your hair looking its absolute best during the winter months.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Your hair can become dehydrated in winter in the same way that your skin does. Keeping your hair moisturized will combat this issue and prevent further damage. The best investment you can make this season is in a high-quality hydrating shampoo and conditioner. It’s a good idea to look for products that contain naturally-derived ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, or glycerin – and be sure to consult your stylist as to what type of products will work best for your hair type.

Turn Down the Heat: While a hot shower may be tempting in cold weather, hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils; instead, opt for lukewarm water when washing your hair, and finish with a quick, cool rinse to seal your hair’s cuticles and add extra shine.

Limit Shampooing: Over-washing your hair can lead to dryness. Try to reduce the frequency of your hair washes, ideally to 2-3 times a week. On non-wash days, use a dry shampoo to refresh your hair without over-cleansing.

Deep Conditioning Treatments: Pamper your hair with deep conditioning treatments as often as possible during the winter months. Talk to your stylist about a professionally-applied hair mask, which can help sustain and enrich every strand of hair. The frequency and timing needed may vary from mask to mask, but leaving a nourishing treatment on for as little as half an hour will provide the maximum benefits to your dry winter hair.

Protect Your Hair: Cold wind and indoor heating can be a double-whammy during the winter months, as they are both harsh on your hair. Wear a hat or scarf to shield your locks from the elements, and consider using a humidifier in your home to combat that dry indoor air.

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Avoid Heat Styling: When possible, give your hair a break from heat styling tools like straighteners and curling irons. Consider embracing your natural texture during the winter months, and ask your stylist about which heatless styling methods might be available to create a beautiful cold-weather hairstyle.

Trim Regularly: Schedule regular trims to prevent split ends and breakage. Keeping the ends of your hair healthy is especially important during the winter months when they are so much more susceptible to damage.

Use a Silk or Satin Pillowcase: Sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase can reduce friction and help maintain the hair’s moisture balance. It’s a small investment, but can provide big benefits for your winter hair.

Stay Hydrated and Eat Right: Don’t forget that the health of your hair is also influenced by what you choose to put in to your body. Staying hydrated and consuming a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals will help keep your hair healthy as well. You might also consider taking a hair supplement.

Protect Your Hair from Chlorine and Salt: We know this sounds like more of a summer hair-care tip, but If you’re planning a winter getaway to a sunny destination, remember to protect your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine and saltwater. Apply a leave-in conditioner before swimming, or put on a sporty swim cap before you dive in to that cruise ship’s pool; and remember to pack a stylish straw hat for those beach days.

 

Winter hair care doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a few simple changes to your hair care routine and some extra attention, you can keep your hair healthy and beautiful throughout the colder months. Remember, your hair is a reflection of your overall health, so don’t neglect it. Your stylist is here for you all year round, so embrace the season – and keep your locks looking gorgeous through the holidays and beyond. Happy Winter!

Enjoy your hair!!

Mickey