Different seasons require different techniques and products to maintain healthy hair. You might wear your tresses out much more often in the summer, relying on carefree styles when it's warm outside. But your routine will have to change during winter if you want to maintain healthy locks. Here are some winter hair care tips that will keep your tresses in great shape, so when spring rolls around, they'll be ready to face warm weather in good health.
If you experience breakage in one or two specific areas of your hair, it might have very little to do with how you care for it, rather, it could be what you wear on it. Wool hats and scarves can rub against and pull on delicate black hair, breaking it off at the nape of your neck (where the scarf might sit) or at the crown of your head. You know, if you live in a snowy climate, that you need a hat and scarf. But the trick is actually in wearing them the right way to avoid damage. A good way to do this is to try sewing a satin or silk lining inside of your wool cap. If you're not crafty enough to do this, ask a friend or family member who is. You might also just want to wrap a silk scarf over your head beforehand if that's too much. Before wrapping the wool scarf around your neck, make sure your hair is out of the way—either through a protective style or already secured beneath your properly lined hat.
Deep Condition More Often
Heated homes and workspaces can dry out your hair, so combat the winter dryness with extra deep conditioning. Be on the look out for products that hold in moisture, and use a good deep conditioner about once a week. As for humectants (touted for helping your hair to hold onto moisture), they're not all created equal. While glycerin is a popular ingredient for adding moisture, its intense water-binding properties will have the opposite effect in winter weather. Sticking to natural oils, instead, is a better bet for holding in the moisture that you get from water.
Wet Less Often
It's no fun leaving the house on a frosty morning with wet or damp hair, particularly if you're in a freezing climate, where your hair might actually freeze and break if you step outside with wet hair. Even if a wash 'n' go was your go-to style in the spring and summer, winter necessitates less shampooing, and less general wetting. You should still shampoo and condition about once a week, but since you aren't swimming often, you don't need to wet and/or conditioner wash as much.
Use Heat Even Less
Indoor heating is going to suck a lot of the moisture from your hair. Don't help it along by using flat irons, blow dryers, or curling irons. Winter is an ideal season to practice setting techniques like wet sets (completely dry before you head out the door), pin curls and wraps, none of which require heat to style your hair. You can also wear buns, ponytails, braids, and twists—all great hairstyles that don't require heat.
Rethink Protective Styling
While wearing protective styles is always a good idea for keeping hair ends up and out of the way, they work well in winter for protecting your hair from weather damage. Snow, sleet, and heat won't be able to damage your hair as much when you keep it styled in buns, topknots, braids, twists and French rolls.