Goodbye, Frizz: 5 tips for preventing dry hair this season

Goodbye, Frizz: 5 tips for preventing dry hair this season

What’s protecting your hair this winter?

If you’ve started to think about mittens, scarves, and warm boots for the change of seasons, it might be time to think about how you can protect your hair during the harsher, colder months as well.

Bringing blustery temps and rougher weather conditions, cold weather can be hard on your hair, but it doesn’t have to be. To help you keep your locks looking and feeling healthy, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Tip #1: Skip those drying and stripping shampoos 1

    Although washing is a necessary part of any hair care routine, experts say most traditional shampoos work by aggressively stripping dirt and debris from the hair. However, this cleansing process tends to also remove the natural oils that your hair needs to stay hydrated and protected. To prevent this, try shampooing just a few less days per week. Or if you can’t resist daily washing, look for formulas that are sulfate-free and full of moisturizing ingredients like panthenol, pumpkin seed oil, and other omega fatty acids.

  • Tip #2: Avoid excess heat exposure 2

    Another enemy to the hair’s natural moisture factor is heat. Both hot water, in the form of hot showers, and hot styling with tools like curling irons or straighteners can rob the hair of vital moisture. If possible, try switching to lukewarm showers or use a shower cap to protect your hair when water is hot. Use heated styling tools and hair dryers in moderation if you must, but opt for a lower heat setting while you style.

  • Tip #3: Think lots and lots of moisture 3

    Knowing that so many things can take a toll on your hair’s hydration levels this time of year, your best defense against the elements is added moisture. Some great ways to infuse your hair with extra include always using a moisturizing conditioner following shampooing, or even a deep conditioning treatment once per week. Oil treatments and hair masks can also be helpful for nourishing dry or dull hair. You might also consider investing in a humidifier, if you live in a dry climate, to help replace lost moisture for your hair and skin.

  • Tip #4: Adopt a habit of wearing hats 4

    If you spend a lot of time outdoors in winter, an additional way to keep your hair healthy is to keep your head covered. Hats work well to not only keep you warm, but also keep your hair from being exposed to the elements. They’re also a great alternative to styling your hair with a ponytail holder, which can cause more breakage when hair is depleted or damaged.

  • Tip #5: Fuel your body for better hair health 5

    Another important factor for maintaining those lovely locks is eating a balanced diet. Healthy fats are especially essential for hair health, as are nutrient-dense foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E. You could also boost your intake with a supplement such as Hush & Hush’s DeeplyRooted, which contains a hair health complex and a polypeptide complex for promoting strength, growth, and shine. Last, but not least, experts recommend drinking lots of water to ensure that your body has all the hydration and fuel it needs for processes like hair growth and rejuvenation.