By: Denise Zingale Travis / D’MAZ Lifestyle Salon (216) 292-HAIR (4247)
From hat hair to static electricity, split ends to dry frizz, when winter weather hits, a bad hair day can last an entire season. Hair typically gets 25 percent dryer during the winter. Even if you live in a moderate climate, you’re still susceptible to hair-raising changes as the seasons pass.
The environment can have some of the most damaging effects on hair in both summer and winter, but in winter it’s often worse because people generally don’t take as many precautions to protect their hair. Sun exposure (which can be as intense on a ski slope as it is on a beach) combined with blustery winter wind as well as snow, rain, and icy cold (which makes hair brittle and dry) can all come together to create some very bad winter hair days.
Even if you spend most of your time indoors, winter is still your hair’s enemy. Indoor heating can be something akin to spending an entire afternoon under a hair dryer. Honestly, it’s not quite as dramatic as the damage would be from that, but it certainly gives you an idea of what indoor heating can do to your hair. No matter what’s causing your winter hair woes, it is a fact the hair tends to become dry faster and have more breakage in the winter.
Here are 5 protective and replenishing steps you can take.
1. Make sure you are equipped with a professional, salon quality shampoo and conditioner. The right shampoo and conditioner will help repair, seal and smooth your hair. A power infusion treatment is recommended once to twice a week for sever damaged hair.
2. Avoid over-washing your hair in winter and in the shower. Try to start washing it over the sink or tub with warm to cool water. The pressure of the shower head and the hot water causes the formation of tiny chinks in the surrounding cuticle which adds to the problems of hair dryness and breakage.
3. Towel-dry your hair very gently as aggressive rubbing roughs up the cuticle that can lead to breakage.
4. Professionally prescribed styling products are a must to help protect the hair from thermal styling. “Cocktailing” your products together can help achieve added protection, texture and shine. Direct air from the blow dryer down the hair shaft to encourage the hair to lay flatter.
5. Good nutrition, one that incorporates small portions of all the key food groups such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein sources helps to nourish and protect hair. Taking a quality-grad multivitamin with essential B vitamins (B6, B12, foliate), essential fatty acids and adequate minerals can help dry, weak hair prone to breakage in the winter.
D’MAZ Salon Disclaimer: This article is provided solely for general information only.It is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any form of hair/scalp issues or problems and should not be depended upon as a substitute for any consultations with qualified health professionals.