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It’s the season of cozy sweaters, ski getaways, and the inevitable dry air and frigid chill that comes with the territory. It’s no secret that harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on our hair and scalp, causing breakage, dryness, and overall discomfort. But there are a few things you can do to give it the extra love it’s looking for when the temperature drops. Here are our top tips for keeping your locks (and scalp) looking and feeling great during the winter months.
Condition on Repeat
We can’t stress how important it is to not skip the conditioner this winter. Between cold temperatures outside and heaters inside, it’s hard to keep hair moisturized. Find a great conditioner with natural botanicals and make sure to use it regularly.
Turn Down the Heat
While you might be inclined to heat things up when it’s so cold outside, it’s best not to. This means turning down the temp on that shower and staying away from heat styling tools as much as possible. Your hair is already delicate during the winter and adding heat just strips away moisture and leads to dryness.
Stay Under Cover
The more you can protect your hair from the elements, the better. Hats, scarves, hoods—they’re all great ways of shielding your locks from wind and snow. If you’re worried about static, a dry oil spray can help.
Take Care of Your Scalp
It’s not just our hair that we have to worry about, our scalp can be just as affected by winter weather. Make sure to exfoliate regularly to get rid of any dead skin cells that might be leading to dandruff—we recommend our Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub. Also, a little head massage can go a long way in helping increase blood circulation, nourishing follicles, and letting those natural oils moisturize the shaft.
Reach For a Humidifier
While it’s so nice to be all toasty at home with the heater turned up, it’s not the greatest thing for your hair. Heat dries the air inside, which in turn dries out hair. Humidifiers are a great way to balance the moisture in the room—it’s especially good to keep one in your bedroom so your strands get the benefits all those hours you’re asleep.