Fun on the slopes, festive parties, cozy vibes, Christmas cheer in the air: Winter offers many highlights alongside chilly everyday life. For hair, however, the cold is tough – hair is set upon by a mix of snow, rain, cold air, and heating. So that your hair survives the constant back and forth between hot and cold, we reveal how to care for your crowning glory and keep it shiny and supple through winter. Here are our top seven winter hair care tips!
Tip 1: Wash dry hair less frequently in winter
To avoid drier hair in winter, avoid frequent hair washing. Natural oils provide a protective layer between the scalp and hair. Bridge the gap between washes – and avoid looking greasy – by using dry shampoo. Bonus: Dry shampoo smells great and delivers instant volume. Important: Never leave the house with wet hair in winter. The cold is extremely damaging to damp hair – the hair can even break.
Tip 2: Blow dry gently in winter
Air drying your hair in winter? The thought alone gives us goose bumps – the bad kind! But the heat from your hair dryer isn’t good for your hair either. Result: Already dry hair is dried out even further. The solution: Apply a heat protection product and blow dry using the diffuser on a low heat setting.
Tip 3: Wear a hat
We look forward to those winter weekends: You know, the ones when even though it’s cold, the sky is crystal clear. We’re always down for a walk in the winter sunshine with a pumpkin-spice latte or other wintery treat wrapped in our chilly hands. But exposure to rain, snow and cold is a real stress factor for hair. Wear a hat to minimize exposure to the weather. There are so many stylish options out there – you're guaranteed to find a hat that will flatter you!
Tip 4: Moisturize your dry winter hair
Cold weather and dry central heating doesn’t just impact our skin, but our hair too. Use a moisture-restoring shampoo and conditioner during the colder months. You probably won’t be able to completely avoid winter dryness, so add a weekly moisturizing mask to your care routine, too. A once-a-week intensive treatment will help winter-proof your hair.
Tip 5: Treat dry hair with hair oil in winter
Hair oil: A blessing for stressed winter hair. It helps dry hair to regenerate and gives it new freshness and shine. The golden oil can be applied directly to wet hair after you rinse out your shampoo or, alternatively, after blow drying. The ends of your hair will benefit from this treatment most of all, since they’re roughed up by coats, scarves, and sweaters in winter.
Tip 6: Banish flyaway hair this winter
Hair can sometimes get a static charge from sweaters, scarves and hats. Counteract this effect by using some heat protection spray when styling, or by moistening your mane with hair spray. To keep hair smooth despite the humidity, you can also use preventive anti-frizz products – be it a shampoo, or a spray for dry hair. Warning: Don’t use them all at once, or you’ll weigh the hair down. In this case, less is more.
Tip 7: Split ends? Cut them off
Winter is often toughest of all on the ends of your hair. Friction against hats, coat collars etc. causes extra stress. Split ends are the unfortunate side effect. Get regular trims and those split ends won’t stand a chance – your hair will remain healthy and gorgeous.