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NEED TO KNOW: Life-Saving Winter Haircare Tips

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01 . 06 . 16
Kadia Blagrove

Kadia Blagrove

I’m a writer for all things lifestyle and culture. My stories are dedicated to women, laced with diversity, and are chock full of self-love. You can spot some of my work on The Huffington Post, Complex.com, xoJane, and others. I like good wine, good food, and Beyonce. Check out my hair stories for all your natural hair tips, tricks, and needs!
Kadia Blagrove

Winter Hair Natural CurlsWinter is a time for comfy sweaters, hot cocoa, snowflakes, and ugh…dry hair. The cold weather is not always kind to our strands, so a winter haircare routine is a must.  We’ve got the remedy for the dry, frizzy, and dull hair issues this season.


DRY HAIR

Cold dry air + hats and scarves = dry hair. During the winter, your hair gets less exposure to moisture which can lead to brittle and dry strands, which can then lead to breakage.

Remedy: Hydrate your hair with natural oils and conditioner. Be sure to treat your mane to daily spritz of water-based leave-in conditioners and seal in the moisture with oil. Beware of over-shampooing as the soap strips hair of its natural oils. If you must shampoo frequently, use a pre-poo to save your hair from dryness.

ITCHY SCALP AND DANDRUFF

A dry scalp leads to an itchy one. And itchy scalps are usually accompanied by dandruff.

Remedy: Quench your thirsty scalp with tea tree oil. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties can heal and protect your scalp from infection and the bacteria that causes the overproduction of skin cells (which create dandruff), while supplying moisture. For added benefit, treat your scalp with an apple cider vinegar rinse; this will relieve itching and balance your scalp’s pH level.

SPLIT ENDS

Dehydrated hair can cause frayed strands and split ends. Your hair problems can get even worse if you use a lot of heated styling tools. But you don’t need to quit the curler to get rid of split ends. All you need is a good, nourishing treatment to protect your hair from everyday manipulation, and of course, the brutal winter weather.

Remedy: A good trim is always a great solution for split ends. But prevent it from happening again with a good moisture sealing serum. If you’re a product junkie, go for Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, a “multi-use elixir that moisturizes and protects with intense nutrition.” If you prefer the DIY route,  try an egg mask. Eggs are a great source of protein and essential fatty acids, and will strengthen hair follicles.

HAT HAIR

To be cute or to be warm? That is the question. When that chilly wind starts to blow, it’s time to throw on the hat. But, say goodbye to that awesome hairdo you’ve spent all that time crafting. Hat hair may not be much of a healthy hair issue but it’s an issue nonetheless! And we’ve got the solution.

Remedy: If it’s not severely freezing outside, try wearing a scarf over your head like a bonnet. That way, you’re not pressing down on your hair but, you’re still shielding yourself from the chill. For the really cold days, wear your hat but, as soon as you get inside, give your mane a quick fluff with your fingertips to revive your hairdo. In any case, have a small spritz bottle of leave-in conditioner on hand to hydrate your tresses. Check out more ways to wear your hair with a hat here.

STATIC FRIZZ

Due to the lack of humidity, your hair may be more prone to static electricity and fly aways.

Remedy: There are a few solutions to static frizz and some are more usual than most. For instance, rubbing dryer sheets on your hair is believed to successfully combat static. Other remedies include, using a metal comb instead of a plastic one, oil mist refreshers, and maintenance-free hairstyles like braids. Another quick trick? Use a dryer sheet!

DULLNESS

With the lack of sunshine and humidity, our hair can become dull and flat. Boo!

Remedy: Revive and restore life into your mane by using volumizing shampoos, anti-frizz serums, and moisture sealing oils (like castor oil).

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