barber shop edmonton

Winter Hair Care

December 21, 2021

The cold, dry winter air can wreak havoc on your hair. As the weather starts to get colder, it's important to take preventative measures or you'll be left with dry hair that's prone to frizz and static.

More often than not, frequent transition from dry to moisturized air and exposure to harsh weather can cause our hair to dry out and become dull. The resulting damage is more severe than it would be on healthy hair. Not only that but dandruff and other itchy skin conditions could also start to appear as the colder weather sets in.

Here are some of the best hair care tips for winter so you can save yourself from causing cold weather damage to your hair. Follow this method to prep your hair for winter and enjoy healthy, happy locks!

1. Moisturize your hair and scalp with hair oil

During the colder months, indoor heating tends to zap a lot of moisture out and dry your hair, this could leave a flaky scalp. This is why adding a leave-in conditioner or using hair oil in your winter routine is important because it will help combat dryness effectively. Oil your hair with nourishing hair oil to help replenish the moisture it needs during the winter, avoiding breakage and leaving it soft & shiny. Try our favourite Argan oil.

2. Combat static hair with a dryer sheet

It’s winter, did you notice how brittle and dry your hair can get? The misplaced strands of hair might be one sign. To avoid a static party on your head, a simple tip for dry hair is to carry one of those laundry dryer sheets that comes with regular anti-static clothes. Lightly swipe it over the fly-aways and you'll be left with a smoother, static-free hairdo.

3. 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 cause the natural oils that keep the hair moisturized and protected to get stripped out. Try extending your time between washes as long as possible. (If you wash your hair every other day, try every two days instead). The right time period will vary for everyone. If your hair still isn't moisturized, try every 3 days.

4. Avoid heat styling

It's no secret that the winter months pose a particular risk for dry, damaged hair. When your hair is already delicate during these colder months, heat styling can make this problematic state even worse, sucking moisture from the strands. Embrace your natural hair texture and opt to air dry instead of hair dry whenever possible, using a few drops of hair oil to tame frizz. As well, store your curling iron away for the winter and opt for heatless curls and waves or use these colder months as an opportunity to experiment with twists, buns, and ponytails.

5. Dry your hair before rushing out the door

It's important to ensure that your hair is completely dry before going outside in the Winter - wet hair is more prone to breakage. Cold air can cause hair shafts to expand, making it more susceptible to snapping off at the ends.Give your hair a break during the colder season and leave it to air dry. This way, you won’t have to wash & dry your hair just because you’re running late in the morning. If no time at all, bathe & groom your hair at night so that you can avoid drying it quickly when rushing out of the house.

6. 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. Artificial tears are great at reducing the dryness of the eyes while providing a continuous measure of prevention for your hair. Hair masks are quick yet highly potent, effective ways to provide your hair with tons of health benefits in less than 20 minutes. Hair masks & conditioners serve the same purpose, and can be similar in outcomes like softening and hydrating the hair, boosting growth, adding shine to it; while also fighting scalp infections.

7. Go darker for the fall and winter

Leave that platinum blonde in the summer and embrace darker shades during the winter. Not only are darker hair colours trendier for the fall and 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 you are looking for shiny, healthy hair this winter, bleaching your hair on the whole might not be the best idea!

8. Go With Silk

We all love wearing winter accessories to protect ourselves from the harsh weather. But did you know that these might be causing breakages? Fitted hats can trap oils at the roots, which make the ends dry. Solution: wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on a hat. It will protect your hair from frizz and static, and reduce hat hair.

9. Use dry shampoo for limp hair

Speaking of hat hair, there's nothing worse than styling a fresh 'do in the morning, only to take off your hat to find you're left with limp, wet hair. This is especially an issue for those with oilier hair. To refresh your style, just carry a small bottle of dry shampoo with you and spray it at the roots. Dry shampoo won't leave residue and will keep your hair fuller, reviving your style.

10. Stay hydrated

Always drink water to hydrate your body! Your hair can grow more by drinking enough water, while it also helps solve dry scalp problems during the winter. Have you ever noticed that skin can look dull when you're dehydrated? It's the same with your hair! Make sure to stay hydrated for healthy-looking, shiny hair.

At Barber Shop Edmonton, our experts are always ready to give you hair maintenance tips. Just ask us!

ready for your next haircut?

Book Online Today