As the weather changes and it starts to get chilly, it’s the perfect time to assess your hair care routine. Just like our skin care, our hair care needs to adapt to the seasons. Winter can be a tough time for our hair, with the cold, dry air and frequent use of hot styling tools causing damage and breakage. Hair extensions will also require some extra care to stay looking their best during winter. Here are our top 5 winter hair care tips to keep your natural hair, or extensions hydrated and healthy when the temperature drops:
1. Hydration is key
The dry winter air can leave our hair feeling parched. Plus, when it’s cooler, we often don’t feel the need to drink water and can forget to hydrate. This combination of factors can leave your hair dull and brittle. Make sure to use a deep conditioner or hair mask at least once a week, as this will keep your hair looking smooth and healthy. Remember to also drink lots of water or warm drinks to stay hydrated throughout the day.
2. Avoid excessive heat
Hot styling tools are tempting, especially during winter when there's less swimming, less sweat and less humidity but they are the biggest culprits when it comes to damage. Avoid using curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers as much as you can. If you are styling with heat, always use a heat protector first.
3. Be gentle when brushing
Incorrect and infrequent brushing can be another source for damage. Make sure you are using a wide-tooth comb or an extension brush to gently detangle your hair, starting at the ends and working your way up. Try to avoid doing this with wet hair, which is more prone to breakage. Brushing regularly will also help you to prevent unmanageable tangles.
4. Don't skip trims
Regular trims are essential to keep your natural hair healthy and your extensions looking their best. Schedule a trim every six to eight weeks to keep split ends at bay and maintain your desired length. While you’re there, you can also check out the range of hand-selected products available to keep your hair protected and healthy between visits.
5. Consider a protective style
Braids, twists, and other protective styles can be a great way to keep your hair and extensions healthy during the winter months. These styles will give your natural hair a break from styling, while also protecting your hair from the drying winter elements.
By following our top winter hair care tips, you can keep your natural hair or extensions looking beautiful and healthy all season long. Remember to prioritise moisture, be gentle when handling your hair, and protect it from harsh weather conditions. With a little extra care, you can have gorgeous, healthy locks even in the coldest months of the year.