Your ultimate cold weather hair routine
So, how do you take care of your hair, minimise these harsh winter effects and prevent damage?
We've put together our favourite winter hair care tips and tricks below so you can achieve healthy hair this winter.
1. Moisturise your hair and scalp with hair oil
During the colder months, indoor heating tends to zap a lot of moisture out and dry the hair out, sometimes leaving a dry, flaky scalp. Using a leave-in conditioner or add hair oil to your winter hair care routine to combat dryness effectively. Apply few drops of NAK's nourishing Aroma Oil at the ends every day to help replenish your hair during the winter with the moisture that it needs, helping prevent it from breakage, and leaving it soft and shiny.
2. Avoid frequent hair washes
If you're guilty of washing your hair every day, it's time to make a change to your winter hair care routine. Over washing your hair will strip it of it's vital natural oils that keep the hair and scalp moisturised and protected, which is more important than ever during the colder months.
3. Avoid heat styling
It's no secret that heat styling is a major culprit for dry, damaged hair. When your hair is already in a fragile state during the colder months, heat styling simply amplifies the problem, sucking moisture from hair strands. Embrace your natural hair texture and opt to air dry instead of hair dry whenever possible, using a few drops of hair oil or a curl cream to tame frizz. As well, store your curling iron away for the winter, and opt for heatless curls and waves or use the colder months as an opportunity to experiment with twists, buns, and ponytails.
4. Dry your hair before rushing out the door
Although this may be a regular habit for you in the warmer months, it is especially important to ensure that your hair is fully dry before rushing out the door in the winter. Cold hair expands the hair shaft, making the hair more prone to breakage, as well as leading to fading colour faster. Give your hair that extra time in the winter to air dry before sauntering out for the day, or better yet, modify your winter hair care routine to wash and care for your hair at night, so you can avoid blow drying your hair when you're in a rush in the morning.
Try our Louvelle Chic hair towel to help 1/2 your hair drying time.
5. Commit to a weekly deep conditioning hair mask
Just like a weekly face mask is essential for healthy, radiant skin, weekly hair treatment masks can make a world of a difference when dealing with dry, damaged hair. Not only can they reverse the effects of dryness, but are an excellent preventative measure to ensure that your hair is protected and at an optimal level of health, year round. Hair masks are quick yet highly potent, effective ways to provide your hair with tons of health benefits in less than 20 minutes. Think of hair masks like high powered hair conditioners, giving your hair benefits like softening and hydrating, boosting growth, adding shine, and even fighting off scalp infections. Try our Nak 60 second treatment if you are time poor or if you have more time on your hands Our Hydro treatment is amazing.
6. Go darker for the winter
Leave that platinum blonde shade where it belongs—in the summer—and embrace darker hues in the winter. Not only are darker hair colours trendier for the winter, but this will also limit the number of times your hair needs to be bleached throughout the colder months—a process which is notorious for stripping the hair of its moisture. If your ultimate winter hair goal is to combat dryness and achieve shiny, healthy hair, those full head bleaches/foils aren't doing you any favours!
7. Use dry shampoo for limp hair
There's nothing worse than styling a fresh 'do in the morning, only to take your hat off to a crushed style and limp, sad winter hair. This is especially an issue for those with oilier hair. To revive your style, carry a bottle of Style Therapy dry shampoo with you, apply a small amount at the roots, and zhuzh your hair. Dry shampoo opens up the hair shaft, keeping hair fuller, and bringing back life to your hairstyle.
8. Stay hydrated
Did you know that a single strand of hair is made up of 25% water?
Hydration starts from within, and drinking enough water helps energise and encourage hair growth from root to tip. It also stimulates a healthier scalp, preventing scalp problems like dryness, itchiness, or dandruff during the winter. Have you ever noticed that your skin looks dull and tired when you haven't drank enough water? Your hair is the same way! Staying hydrated helps prevent split ends
and brittle hair, fostering shiny, radiant hair.