In order to maintain healthy hair throughout the seasons, changing weather means switching up your hair routine. While this fall may be welcomed with open arms (considering that the National Weather Society declared Summer 2019 the hottest in history), the drastic change from high levels of humidity to chillier weather can adversely affect our hair. Here are five tips to avoid hair damage while we transition our hair to cooler temperatures.
Shampoo less often to help dry scalp or dandruff
I know you may be tempted to wash your hair with shampoo weekly to minimize the build-up of dandruff and alleviate itchy or dry scalp, but that may do more harm than good. Shampoo strips a lot of natural nutrients needed for our hair; the more you shampoo, the more good nutrients you’ll lose. Instead, co-wash your hair with a product made for co-washing or simply use your favorite conditioner as a co-wash every week or two.
Incorporate more oil-based products to lock in moisture
The wind and chilly weather will change the consistency of our hair and cause it to appear dull or dry out, which is not good for any hair texture. Using products with heavier-than-usual oil infused in them will help protect textured hair from the elements. But, don’t forget that oil blocks moisture from getting out and in, so be sure to use it as your last step after you layer a good moisturizing conditioner.
Keep your hair hydrated
Dry air gives you the opportunity to focus on hair treatments to replace lost moisture. Try hot oil treatments and other deep conditioning treatments or masques that allow stronger products to truly moisturize your hair. Don’t forget that leave-in conditioners will help fight static and keep your hair full of life!
At this point, everyone should know that no matter what the temperature is, too much heat styling will cause damage that’s basically impossible to reverse without a haircut. The combination of heat and dry weather will almost surely result in split ends and breakage. Use heat protectants if you are going to style with any hot tools, but also opt for protective styles such as braids, buns, twists, and ponytails, which all give your hair time off from your normal styling routine.
Line your winter hat with silk or satin
This is similar to tying your hair down at night with a silk scarf or satin bonnet; the lining of the cap acts as a major protectant. Wool, cotton, and other coarse fabrics can cause split ends and breakage. To avoid this, buy another silk scarf to add underneath your hats or buy one that already has a liner and watch your hair stay smoother than ever.