Damaging your hair in winter is about as easy as slipping over on the ice – very, very easy. The strong winds create tangles, the heating inside buildings can dry out your hair, and because of the cold you may feel compelled to blow-dry your hair every day. All of these factors can lead to dull-looking hair so you need to be proactive in taking extra care of it during the colder months.
First of all, invest in a quality deep conditioner – remember that most of the time, you get what you pay for, so it’s worth spending that little bit extra on salon-quality products. Use it twice weekly in place of your regular conditioner, or, if your hair’s especially dry, use it after every wash.
Secondly, do not go outside with wet hair if it is at risk of freezing, because it can and will snap off. This happened to an Aussie friend of mine when she was visiting Canada during the winter – it took her entirely by surprise, and she was devastated. This is the only time that you should blow-dry your hair. If you live in an area above freezing temperature, don’t blow-dry it, use a fast-drying hair towel instead (available from all good beauty supply stores).
Thirdly, if you intend to ski or snowboard, put your hair in braids first or tuck it into your hat or helmet. The tangles that occur if you don’t do this will cause damage as you try to get rid of them later, so it’s best to just avoid that situation altogether.
And finally, don’t use scalding-hot water to wash your hair, even though extra-hot showers in winter can be tempting. The heat not only damages your scalp and hair follicles, it can also lead to burst capillaries on your face – never a good look! Taking care of your hair in winter is not difficult, it just takes a bit of extra effort that is well worth it in the end.