For many women, keeping your hair nourished and protected from winter weather can be a challenge. Some suggestions can be either too costly, too time-consuming, or too difficult to keep up with. Here are some methods to give your hair the attention it needs specifically for the season.
One of the most common ways to manage your hair in the winter is not to do it at all! Protective styling essentially allows for your hair to be tucked away (usually by means of braiding or twisting) while you have some sort of extensions added. These styles include box braids, sew-ins, Senegalese twists, ponytails, and a large variety of other choices. Protective styling can last for several weeks depending on which method you use and can have a total cost of anywhere between $10 to more than $500 based on your skill level of doing your own hair and how much you’re willing to spend.
Winter weather can have some serious adverse effects on the way hair responds to the things we do on a daily basis. The cold air mixed with gusts of wind can dry out and break-off hair, especially if it has been treated with heat, color, or other chemicals. If you are someone who likes to use any of those things, then making sure you’re taking proper care of your hair is going to be imperative. For those who don’t mind a daily hair care routine, it’s ideal to massage your scalp with warm oil (tea tree, coconut, black Jamaican castor, etc.) for 2 minutes each day. This will provide your scalp with added moisture against winter damage and also increase the scalp’s blood flow, leading to more hair growth. For those who don’t have as much time or who aren’t as committed to daily hair care, simply doing a deep conditioning treatment once a week or twice a month can suffice. Wash your hair as normal and apply conditioner. Rather than washing out your conditioner, keep it in your hair and cover it with a plastic cap. Leave the cap on your hair for 15-30 minutes, then wash out the conditioner. Either one of these treatments is a great way to cut down on the damaging effects of winter air.
Sometimes the things we do to our hair can make it easier to be damaged by the weather. This includes the use of heat, dyes, and even the temperature of the water when washing your hair. For the winter months, try reducing these practices or using alternatives. Cut down your heat usage to once or twice a week, depending on how often you’re currently using it. Use hair dyes that are a few shades darker than your usual color to lighten the load of chemicals being used in your hair. Lastly, use a cooler water temperature when washing your hair in order to keep your hair from weakening and being prone to damage.
It’s easy to see that wintertime calls for a little extra TLC, but it’s all worth it to have flourishing hair to flaunt in the summer with the top down and a warm breeze playing in your tresses.