Winter hair care, another way of taking care of yourself!

Winter hair care in Colorado

So, it’s winter, should you do anything different for your hair? Well, the environment is different for your hair in winter so it makes sense that the care should be different as well.
Just like your skin and nails, the indoor heating, lack of humidity and the cold can detrimental and damaging to your hair. Mostly you efforts should be toward trying to keep your hair from being damaged.

Some of the basic rules apply for your hair that applies to your skin.
Avoiding hot water during baths and showering, using warm water instead.
Limit your use of heated tools on your hair such as a blow dryers and curling irons. And if you do use heated tools use a leave in conditioner before using the item on your hair.
Protect you hair from the cold, wind and sun by wearing a scarf, hat or cap to protect your hair. Make sure that it’s not so tight where it will restrict circulation in your scalp of course.
Use a good quality conditioner to protect your hair and moisturizing products that “replenish” your hair.
Avoid using hair styling products with alcohol which dries out hair, these would be products like gels, hair sprays and mousse.

Do your best not go outside when your hair is wet and the temperatures are freezing, you risk breakage. Your hair will freeze if it’s cold enough outside and could actually break. Be gentle when shampooing and conditioning. Don’t use excessive force rubbing your hair, remember hair is most vulnerable when wet and that can be another cause of breakage.

There are year round tips to hair care that should be paid particular attention to in the winter. Once you have your hair washed and moist, lock in the moisture by rinsing your hair with cold water; this also gives your hair an extra shine.
All the normal things that make you a healthier person will make your hair healthier as well.
Eating well, getting enough sleep, avoiding stress or finding ways to deal with stress better at least.
Use quality brushes/combs with widely spaced bristles/teeth and smooth tips. Sharp tooth combs can damage your hair, cause split ends, and scratch your scalp. Using brushes whose bristles are made from natural animal hairs are softer and more flexible, which means less damage will be done to your hair.

Avoid using plastic brushes/combs which create static electricity which is worse in the winter time already.
Ask your hairdresser what types of shampoos and conditioners match your hair type and use the correct products.

It is important to wash your hair; shampooing removes dirt, dead skin cells, hair oils, any hair products you may put into your hair, but do it only as often as you need to for your hair type and situation. Using a conditioner after shampooing will moisturize your hair, give it extra protection, add shine, reduce static, and makes it easier to untangle. Using a quality “leave in” conditioner will help hydrate and protect your hair. A leave in conditioner on your hair is about the same as using a moisturizer on your skin. Also be sure to keep your brushes and combs clean, wash them weekly using soap or shampoo.

Winter drying can show up as dandruff. If you see dandruff there are ways that you can control and limit dandruff but there is no real cure for it and once you get it you may continue to have it. If you have only a mild case of dandruff, shampooing your hair with a regular shampoo daily or twice a day will usually do the trick. If your standard shampoo doesn’t get rid of your dandruff, buy an anti-dandruff shampoo and your dandruff condition should improve significantly in a couple of weeks. Be sure to still use you conditioner to protect and moisturize your hair.

Massaging the scalp can help stimulate the nerves and blood vessels beneath the skin while calming muscle tension around the head, leading to healthier hair. Use only your finger tips to massage, not your finger nails. Scalp massage can pull natural moisturizers out of the pores and onto your scalp, it also can draw those natural oils into the hair. This can leave your hair shiny, soft and strong.

Another thing that you would use to help your skin that will also help your hair is the use of a humidifier. And remember, water, protein, biotin, a vitamin B complex, vitamins A, B6, B12, C, copper, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, calcium, folic acid, and magnesium all play a part in maintaining a healthy scalp, skin, and hair.

Remember to see your hairdresser regularly and have your split ends trimmed too. This helps keep static down and can lessen tangles which helps keep breakage from occurring. Avoid harsh and/or frequent brushing, Gentle combing or brushing of your hair will help break up oils that clog your pores and will contribute to keeping your hair and scalp healthy.

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You are worth it, take care of yourself!