Winter brings beautiful snow-covered landscapes and warm memories with loved ones by the fireplace, but it can also bring adverse effects to your hair. Wintertime can wreak havoc on your hair’s health with a major difference in the warm indoor temperature and freezing outdoor atmosphere, leading to a lot of split ends and breakage. Don’t worry – there are tons of ways to keep your hair looking healthy and voluminous even throughout this cold season. Here are five tips for keeping your beautiful hair healthy during the winter!

Shampoo Less Often

Shampoo can strip your hair of its essential oils and moisture, and that’s the last thing you want during a cold, dry winter. Try limiting your shampooing to help with any dry scalp issues you may have. If you have an itchy and flaky scalp, use a dermatologist-recommended shampoo once a week. In general, use a sulfate-free shampoo, as sulfates are usually the #1 culprit in stripping your hair of its oils.

Double Up On Deep and Leave-In Conditioners

During winter, your hair needs all the moisture it can get. This season is the time to go heavy-duty with conditioning. Make sure that once a week you are giving your hair a spa day with a deep conditioner. Be sure to leave your deep conditioner in for at least 30 minutes before rinsing so that it can penetrate your hair shafts. After your shower, use a leave-in conditioner to guarantee that your hair retains some extra moisture when it dries.

Use Low Heat

It may be tempting to blast your blow-dryer to dry your hair faster, along with turning up the temperature in your house to keep warm, but this will make your hair not only dry, but also brittle. You may try to bypass this inconvenience altogether by going outside without drying your hair, but not so fast! The cold can make your wet hair shafts expand, leading to breakage and faster color fading. Therefore, continue to use your heat styling tools, but always use them on the lowest heat setting (most blow-dryers come with a cooling function nowadays), and make sure to always use heat protectant on your hair to minimize breakage.

Choose a Low-Maintenance Hair Color

If you dye your hair regularly, consider a darker shade during the winter so that maintaining it is easier and your hair stays healthier. Bleaching and toning your hair to a platinum shade is incredibly damaging no matter how well you maintain your hair, and this will only be exacerbated by the harsh winter chill. Therefore, it may be time to choose a lower-maintenance hair color that needs minimal touch-ups until the weather is warmer. Consider a dark blonde or warm-toned brown, as warmer tones are easier to maintain than cooler ones. In addition, wait until warmer weather to perform chemical treatments (such as keratin treatments) on your hair, as they may take much-needed moisture away. An upside to this is that your time and bill at the salon will surely decrease!

Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet

You are what you eat, and that especially goes for your hair. Your hair is comprised of some of the fastest-growing cells in your body, so your eating habits can quickly show their effects on your hair growth and health. The key here is balance – having a diet that’s strictly fruits and vegetables is just as counterproductive as a high protein and fat diet, as your hair needs a complex balance of proteins, carbohydrates, iron, vitamins, and other nutrients. Therefore, eat a balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients to keep both your hair and scalp as healthy as possible.

Restore Dry, Brittle Hair in Livingston, New Jersey

Your hair needs tender loving care during wintertime, so treat it to an actual spa day! Ahava Medispa in Livingston, New Jersey offers hair care services that can make your hair thicker, stronger, and healthier. We offer hair restorative treatments such as NeoLTS Light Therapy and NeoGraft hair transplants, as well as laser hair removal. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your hair restoration consultation! We can’t wait to help you keep your hair healthy this winter.

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