Is this your winter hair equation?
Dry + Cold + Frozen Winter weather = dry, brittle, fly-away hair.
It doesn’t have to be!
Here are some of my favorite tips to help tame those frizzy fly-aways.
Shampoo less. I know. It’s hard to get out of the everyday shampoo routine, but unless we work in the Ebola research lab for the CDC, there is no reason that we have to “disinfect” like that every day. Too frequent shampooing literally strips your hair of all the essential moisture and natural oils that protect the hair shaft and give our locks that glossy and protective sheen. Shampoo strips away this protective coating. While we may feel psychologically that we need to shampoo and condition every day, I think you will be pleasantly surprised how gorgeous your hair actually looks if you just give it a day off.
When you are shopping for cute hats, keep in mind that while wool and cotton blends can keep your head warm, they can be coarse on the hair and lead to split ends. These fibers are especially damaging for anyone with coarse or curly hair. A winter hat lined with silk or satin will help prevent this damage. If you are crafty, you can sew an old silk scarf into the lining of your hat. If you aren’t crafty, wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before you put on the hat will do the trick, too.
Use a hair repair mask or leave-in oil treatment at least once a week. Dry winter air strips hair of that protective oil and essential moisture. Using a supplemental treatment will go a long way in repairing damage while preventing and protecting, too. There are many options available at the drug store, or you can use things you have in your kitchen. One simple treatment is to slather room temperature organic coconut oil through your hair and massage into your scalp. Comb through with a wide-tooth comb, wrap hair in a towel, and let it mellow for at least 30 minutes. When you wash it out, your hair will feel smooth and restored. I have also created a really nourishing hair mask that truly saves my head from looking like a scare crow. Hair Repair from the Bumblebee Cottage contains nettle, rosemary, and ginkgo – all plants the work in synergy on different aspects of keeping your hair healthy. Plus it smells amazing!
One last thing – and this is really hard for me – is don’t leave the house (or gym) with wet or damp hair. If you are blessed with thick hair, your ponytail can still be damp in the afternoon from your a.m. shower. If you can air dry naturally, or blow dry with a low heat, you are far better off. Should your hair should actually freeze because it’s still wet, it will cause breakage and damage. It also sounds really creepy when it cracks! If you can blow dry at the gym, awesome. If not, tucking your locks into your new fluffy lined hat or wrapping it in a scarf will at least protect it until you can deal with your hair later.
Even incorporating just one of these will help nourish and project your hair. Spring will be here before we know it!
“May the hair on your toes never fall out!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit