BY: Lively Staff

January 15, 2018

How to Protect Your Hair from Dryness During the Wintertime

Cold air outdoors followed by dry heat indoors can strip moisture from your hair. Winter hair care adjustments can prevent damage.

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Winter is a rough season all around. From braving the elements and harsh temperatures to fighting overall moisture loss, the odds can seem stacked against us. However, just because the atmosphere may be cold and dry, doesn’t mean your hair has to follow suit. Through the coldest of temperatures and driest of days you can still keep your hair hydrated. Below are five tips on how to moisturize hair during the winter. Get ready for the silky strands that will follow.

Bring the Humidity Back

Often overlooked when thinking about how to moisturize hair, humidifiers are a worthy investment. Indoor heating causes the air in your home to become very dry, pulling moisture out of your hair. Humidifiers help rehydrate the air and keep your locks looking lustrous. Your skin and hair will feel refreshed, helping you look and feel great. As an added bonus, humidifiers also reduce the static in hair and clothing.

Invest in Trims

Regular trims will keep your hair in great shape through a harsh winter, no matter the length. Small trims prevent split ends from running up the hair shaft, which typically leads to visible damage and breakage. Regular trims keep your hair healthy and looking polished, and some salons even offer complimentary or discounted trims between haircut appointments. Consider a light snip every six weeks.

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Wash Less Often

Most people wash their hair out of habit and during the winter months. Skip washing your hair for an extra day or two, and your hair will thank you. Less shampoo means more moisture.

Although not washing as often makes some hair feel oily, a slight dusting of dry shampoo on your roots, and oil on the ends will keep your hair look fresh. Keep in mind, the drier and thicker the hair, the more oil will be necessary.

Deep Condition Frequently

Dry air also means all hair textures should focus on treatments to replace lost moisture. Conditioning is the name of the game for winter hair care. Use a deep conditioner weekly to replenish moisture and combat the effects of dry air and hot styling tools. Look for products with natural oils that help retain moisture. Tip: Add heat by using steam for additional absorption.

Never Leave the House with Wet Hair

Although time is of the essence in the morning, it’s critical to dry hair thoroughly before heading out into the cold. Remember that cold causes things to expand, and the same goes for your wet hair strands. Walking outside during winter with a wet head can cause your hair to freeze, which puts you at risk for breakage and dull color.

By following these accessible tips for how to moisturize hair, your locks will be strong and protected throughout the season!


Julie Proszynski is a licensed Esthetician, health and beauty aficionado, and dog rescue advocate. She enjoys writing about skin and self-care, and has a background in various esthetic practices and business management.

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