Protecting Your Hair From Heat

Winter Hair Care Mistakes to Avoid

From dry indoor air to the chill of a frigid wind, winter can wreak havoc on your hair. If your hair is already dry and damaged, you can cause even more damage that can be irreparable. Unfortunately, you might be doing more damage to your already fragile hair without even knowing it. Here are a few common winter hair care mistakes you need to avoid.

Stuffing Your Hair Under an Itchy Winter Hat

The weather is getting colder which means it is time to pull out your favorite winter hat. In addition to keeping your head warm, the winter hat allows you to throw your hair in a ponytail and stuff it under the hat. Unfortunately, each time you pull your itchy hat on and off your head, it is causing damage to your hair.

Instead, make sure your hair is brushed before gently pulling the winter hat on your head. Also, be gentle when pulling the hat off your hair. If you are experiencing flyaways when pulling off your hat, it is a sign your hair is dry and needs some extra conditioning or a trip to your stylist for a deep conditioning treatment.

Walking Outside with a Wet Head of Hair

You are running late for work and don't have time to blow dry your hair, so you throw it in a bun and walk into the cold winter air. If it is cold enough, your wet hair will freeze, which not only makes it look unkempt, the cold air can also cause serious damage. When water freezes it expands and the water on your hair will do the same, which can cause serious damage and breakage.

Washing and Conditioning Your Hair Incorrectly

Winter air is very dry and even the most healthy, moisturized hair can suffer, especially if your hair is improperly cared for. Here are a few tips to help you properly clean and condition your hair in winter:

  • Choose moisturizing products. Switch to shampoo and conditioner that provides extra moisture to your hair.
  • Don't wash your hair every day. Wash and condition your hair two to three times per week. Turn the heat down in your shower and rinse out the products with lukewarm water.
  • Avoid heat styling your hair. Skip the blow dryer, curling iron, and straightening iron as much as possible.

Getting your hair trimmed before winter can also help prevent even more damage to your dry ends.

From using the wrong products to walking out into the cold winter air with a wet head of hair, there are several winter hair care mistakes you need to avoid. For more information, contact a local hair salon.