Here’s how to weather-proof your hair during winter

-Feb 1, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -

Harsh winter weather plays havoc with hair. Luckily you can stay one step ahead of lackluster locks with some clever weather-proofing tips.
It doesn’t matter what sort of hair you have, harsh winter weather seems to play havoc with it. Luckily you can stay one step ahead of lackluster locks with some clever weather-proofing tips.

Cold conditions sadly don’t make for cool hair! The unforgiving elements can leave your tresses dry, brittle and downright broken. If you want to outsmart the chilly weather and maintain your luscious locks then there are some easy things you can do to protect it.

Avoid ponytails

Scraping your hair back when it’s a big frizzy mess seems like the easiest thing to do but putting it into a tight ponytail all the time will damage it. If you have to tie it up opt for a tie that prevents hair breakage. Also mix up the height of your ponytail so you aren’t always putting pressure on the same spot.

Don’t go out with wet hair

We know, it sounds ridiculously obvious and you’ve been warned about catching a chill if you go out with wet hair since you were a child. But it’s not just about keeping you healthy. It’s about keeping your hair in good shape too. Hair is at its most vulnerable when wet so always make sure it’s dried before braving the elements. Those tiny little icicles that form when you’re out for a brisk walk or even throwing snowballs add weight to your hair causing it to break.

Minimise washing

We’re not saying to throw the towel in on washing your hair completely, but if you can limit the amount you do it to two or three times a week, you’ll see a marked improvement in your hair over time. Washing your hair less frequently will stop it from drying out and lessen the heat damage caused by styling it every day.

Towel dry properly

While it’s important to towel dry your hair before setting your hair dryer on it, there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. You need to be gentle and certainly don’t ruffle up your locks the way you would dry your dog. Instead of wringing out your hair or rubbing it dry, squeeze the excess moisture from your hair using the towel. This way the cuticles stay smooth.

Keep your hair outside your collar

Throwing on your bulky winter coat often means your hair gets stuck inside the collar and frankly it keeps your neck a little warmer, so you leave it there. You may also think keeping your hair hidden from the elements inside your jacket is protecting it but actually the friction caused by collars can lead to broken or frizzy hair. 

Maintain moisture

Dry hair is the bane of winter weather so do what you can to keep it hydrated. Use a leave-in conditioner or use a moisture cream which will reduce static from hats and scarves. A hydrating hair mask once a week will help as well. To assist in smoothing fly-aways and protect the ends of your hair smooth on a little Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil after you’ve done your facial massage too. 

Use a cool mist humidifier 

It’s not just stepping out into the winter weather that can damage your hair. The dry air heating we use inside in the winter months causes frizz too. To combat this you can invest in a cool air humidifier to add moisture back into the air. It will also help to prevent dry skin in winter too.

Take a quality supplement

Unfortunately, the body doesn’t prioritise our hair, and puts nutrients where they’re needed first. If you want stronger thicker hair, try a quality supplement like Lumity’s day and night formula. One of the many benefits that our clients report after several months of consistent use is hair growth.

If you found this article interesting you might also be interested in the how to care for your skin this winter and check out these DIY face mask for winter skin too.

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