As the cold temperatures settle in, we not only see damage done to our skin, but our hair gets the short end of the stick as well. I never paid attention to this phenomena, but this year I learned the hard way. After OD’ing on some clarifying shampoo and then blow drying my hair on high, my tresses officially gave up and now I have to proudly rock some major breakage right on top of my forehead! Lesson learned and I am here to pass on the wisdom.
First thing is first – DO NOT use clarifying shampoo more than once a month. These are full of alcohol and they strip the hair follicle form all of its nutrients and oils. Not very good when used very often. This makes your hair more prone to breakage especially in combination with flat irons, blow dryers or heat in general. So stay away from clarifying shampoos during cold weather period. A hairstylist of mine strongly suggested to use those after pool only! If you want to give your hair a good wash, shampoo three times instead of two.
Cold weather dries out your hair, so you want to do as much as possible to keep it hydrated and moisturized. Start with switching to a nourishing shampoo and conditioner. There are plenty of those on the market, but you want to pay attention to those with a “Sulfate Free” label. L’Oreal has a great option in their EverCreme Intense Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner. It is sulfate and paraben free, vegan friendly and not tested on animals 🙂 – always a bonus! If you want to go even more natural, then try the Yes To Carrots Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner combo. They have a great formula that consists mostly of carrots and almond oil, so pretty hard to do any damage to your mane with that.
Giving your hair some hydration and moisture after your wash is almost necessary. Depending on what type of hair you have will depend on what type of product to purchase. In my case, I have very straight, flat hair that gets oily quick. So anything heavy is out of the question. One such example is the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In Cream. It is just too heavy for me, so I only use it in the summertime while at the beach or pool. Protecting your hair from UV rays is just as important, but we will talk about that later. In the winter time I use Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil. It is very light, super absorbent and does not weigh your hair down what so ever. I was very pleasantly surprised by this product, as I definitely expected my hair to be flat and sticky, but not in this case.
PhytoKeratine Extreme Creme is another great choice, however use sparingly! It is heavier than the aforementioned Suave Moroccan Infusion, so be ware. I am a fan of this product because it does more than just hydrate your hair. It supplements your hair with Omega fatty acids and shea butter, strengthens it over all and this baby is free of parabens and silicones.
The next point is new for me. Since my hair is pin straight as is, I never needed the help of a flat iron. However, I do blow dry my hair on a regular basis with a professional blow dryer. Now those can get as hot as 450F and I never realized until this year’s fiasco exactly how much pressure I was putting my hair under. Since then I have done my research on heat protectant products and the best one that I came across for flat, limp hair aka mine is TRESemme’s Heat Tamer. This product does not weigh the hair down what so ever! I spray generously and I will even go as far as to say that it in a way works like a volumizer! Great blow dries without the worry of frying my hair. Awesome find and well worth the monies. If you are looking for something a bit stronger, then it is best to try something in the “serum” family. Serums are generally thicker and heavier, which will provide for good coverage and protection from the heat.
Last, but by far not the least is the deep conditioning that should be done at least once a week. Although, most will only tell you to leave it on for 3-5 minutes, I say leave it in for 20-25. Give your hair the maximum treatment and protection that it deserves. In my time of need, I used the L’Oreal Total Repair Damage-Erasing Balm. Even though it was too late to save the breakage, but the hair that did miraculously stay on my head is definitely silkier and stronger. I also use the Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack. Natural coconut oil extract paired together with coconut milk does wonders for my hair. The smell is pretty yummy too ;).
With that said, I hope that this will help you during the cold season to keep your hair in tip top shape! Don’t be like me and leave your hair to fend for itself. It won’t end well, I guarantee it.
What is your winter hair care?