hair care in winter

Essential Features of Winter Hair Care

The winter months are not the easiest period for hair. It has to withstand a rather unfavorable combination of overly dry air indoors and low temperatures outside. In addition, the lack of vitamins and minerals, from which we often suffer during this period, also instantly affects the condition of the hair — it becomes brittle, dry, highly static, and split ends are common. In this article, we will discuss hair care in winter to ensure they retain their beauty and strength.

Why Hair Requires Special Care During the Cold Season

In winter, our locks lose moisture due to sub-zero temperatures outdoors and the excessive dryness of air indoors with central heating. Women who dislike wearing hats in winter often face the problem of brittle and dry strands more frequently. As a result of the cold, the blood vessels at the roots of the hair constrict sharply. This, in turn, disrupts circulation and thereby worsens the nourishment of the hair follicles. As a result, the locks become weak, start to fall out, and their growth slows down.

Wearing headgear helps solve the problem. However, the hat must be made of natural fabrics. Synthetic materials will eventually lead to the creation of a greenhouse effect. And this can cause excessive oiliness of the skin, leading to itching, dandruff, and the need for daily hair washing.

For this reason, hair care in winter should differ from the usual routine.

Step-by-Step Hair Care During Winter

In the colder months, it's crucial to properly follow all the steps of hair care. The result will be locks that shine with beauty and health.

Proper Brushing

Proper hair care in winter involves avoiding plastic and metal brushes and combs. They should be replaced with brushes made of natural materials. This way, you can reduce the static in your strands.

Washing Hair

The cold season is a perfect opportunity to be a bit "lazy" and refrain from washing your hair too frequently. This will protect your hair from over-drying (daily shampooing removes the natural scalp oil needed for moisturizing the hair).

Use Moisturizing Shampoos

It's very likely that in winter you will need to switch from your favorite shampoo used during the summer. This is because the onset of cold weather changes the condition of the scalp and, consequently, may change your hair type. If your locks have lost their shine, become brittle, and static, it means they lack moisture. For optimal care in the winter, use shampoos and conditioners with intensive moisturizing action.

Choose a gentle shampoo with all-natural plant ingredients, free from sulfates, harsh preservatives, fragrance and silicones in the formula. These components can cause dryness and irritation of the scalp. Don't forget about conditioner after washing your hair. It penetrates deep into the hair cuticle, delivers essential nutrients to the core, and helps hair retain moisture.

Make Nutritive and Restorative Masks

Don't be lazy and make a nutritive hair mask at least once a week. In winter, when hair becomes drier and the diet lacks vitamins, masks are meant to support their weakened structure. For colored hair, use special restorative masks. Their formula includes components that help replenish lost moisture and prevent the quick washing out of dye pigment.

Use Hair Oil

Hair oil is an indispensable winter product when hair, especially the ends, needs quick smoothing and shine. This remedy simultaneously moisturizes and nourishes the hair, making it soft and shiny. Meanwhile, it retains its healing properties for a long time. If the oil is applied to damp strands before styling, it will act as a protective barrier and make combing easier.

Our  VITALITY Hair, Scalp & Brow Serum perfectly complements winter hair care with its unique formula. It is based on argan oil, known for its nourishing and moisturizing properties, making this serum not only a means for strengthening and growing hair but also a powerful moisturizer that gives hair softness and shine even in the coldest winter months.

Hair Drying

Experts recommend drying your hair naturally after washing. In an ideal world, that's what we would do, but in the meantime, we find ourselves blow-drying our hair in the mornings, simultaneously applying mascara and covering under-eye circles with concealer. To somewhat protect your hair from the aggressive effects, apply a heat protectant before blow-drying. And remember, it's better to be a little late for work than to go out into the cold with wet hair. You risk not only getting sick but also permanently damaging your hair: in the cold, they freeze and become especially brittle.

Protect Your Hair During Heat Styling

No winter hair styling with a blow dryer or flat iron should go without a heat protectant. This is the only way to shield your locks from drying out due to high temperatures. Moreover, just like hair conditioners, heat protectant sprays make your curls more manageable.

Hair Care in Winter for Different Types

In winter, each hair type has its own quirks. The good news is that proper care can handle any issue, from oily roots to dry ends.

Care for Oily Hair

Oily hair tends to become even oilier in winter, which does not prevent the ends from being dry and brittle. What to do? First of all, use only those products designed for oily hair care. They regulate sebum production, restore volume to the locks, and prolong the feeling of clean hair.

Apply masks and conditioners starting from the ends – they especially need moisturization in winter.

Try multi-masking: apply a drying clay mask to oily roots and a nourishing oil-based mask to dry ends.

Look for argan oil in the ingredients of care products – it adds shine to the hair and reduces static.

Care for Dry Hair 

The foremost rule is to choose only those products that are suitable for dry hair care. What should you pay attention to first? Of course, the composition: the more natural oils it contains, the better.

In addition to the usual trio – shampoo, conditioner, mask – you can treat your hair to oil complexes and a special serum for the ends. You'll see, your curls will say "thank you!"

Care for Combination Hair

Combination hair probably presents the most problems in winter. To restore their softness and healthy shine (and not greasiness!), you'll have to put in some effort.

When using a hair dryer, it is recommended to start drying your hair at the roots, as the ends usually dry quickly on their own. Apply oil to the dry ends of your hair, avoiding the roots, which may already suffer from excess oiliness.

As we've explored the essential features of winter hair care, it's clear that the colder months demand a tailored approach to maintain healthy, vibrant locks. From the importance of moisturizing shampoos to the benefits of nutritive masks and the protective qualities of hair oil, each step in your winter hair care routine plays a crucial role in combating the harsh effects of winter weather.
We hope that our simple recommendations will help preserve the beauty and health of your hair during the cold season.

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