When many of us think of preparations for winter, things like blankets, heaters, and hats come to mind. However, one thing we may not think of is how cooler weather can impact your hair. To brace your hair for the cold, you’ll need more than a hat.

Your hair will get dry

Just like how your lips are more likely to become dry and chapped due to the dry, cool air of winter, so to can your hair become dry. Cold air is dryer because it is unable to hold as much moisture as warm air. As a result, the moisture that is available is often quickly pulled into the air. During the cooler months, you may experience a few uncomfortable side effects like dry skin and even respiratory ailments and, dehydration. Additionally, it’s easier to catch colds during the winter because your sinuses may dry out. The mucus in your sinuses catch things that can make you sick, but when dry, the mucus cannot prevent the harmful things that you breathe in from entering your system.

Combatting the dry air

During the cool months, you may benefit from using a humidifier to help combat some of the effects of dry air. You’ll also want to restore moisture to your hair and skin. For your skin, applying a lotion (or lip balm to your lips) should suffice. For your hair applying oil and investing in a quality leave-in conditioner can go a long way to keeping your hair healthy.

Another reason to keep your hair hydrated during the winter is that it can cause your hair to look dull and even lead to split ends. Remember, dry hair is brittle. If you want to protect your hair during the winter, you can decrease the use of heat tools on your hair or use a heat protectant on your hair prior to styling with heat tools.

One thing to avoid is going outside with wet hair when it’s cold. Not only is it painfully uncomfortable, but your hair can also become damaged or in extreme cases, even freeze and break off. Before going outside, make sure that your hair is dry. You may need to wash your hair the night before or turn to a blow drier to ensure that your hair is properly dry, and that’s okay.

Hats are an important part of protecting your hair and body during the winter, some hats (particularly if they are made with cotton) can pull oils and moisture from your hair. There are silk-lined hats that you can use to keep your head warm and your hair protected. However, if you do not have one be mindful of the fact that your hair will be dry. Combat this by restoring moisture to your hair when needed.

Switch pillowcases from cotton to silk. The dryer air is already pulling moisture from your hair and sleeping on cotton for 8 hours a night is not doing your hair any favors. Switching to a silk pillowcase can help your hair retain moisture. To learn more about the benefits of silk check out our previous blog Your Pillowcase can make all the Difference in the World: Silk versus Cotton 

There are many reasons your hair can become damaged during the winter, but Vitalize Hair is Here to help! If you are looking for quality products to help keep your hair healthy and hydrated call us at 1-800-800-7577.

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