I know I am not alone in dreading the colder weather for more reasons than just being terrified of my heating bill… Ladies!! Our hair takes a beating! There is static electricity to contend with, dryness, breakage, and let’s not forget hat head! We know, we get it, and you have our sympathy! But you don’t want our sympathy, do you? You want advice! Well, my friends, you came to the right place!
The Danger Zones
Cold and Heat
Colder weather literally pulls the moisture out of your hair. And it isn’t just the great (or not so great) outdoors you need to be wary of; indoor heating will also leave your skin and hair extremely dry, which can also lead to dandruff. This is probably the number one reason girls mention their extensions are itchy when in fact it isn’t the extensions at all!
Expert Tip: Shampoo washes away dirt but it also washes away natural oil and moisturizers on your scalp. It’s not so different from laundry detergent, and conditioner is like fabric softener. Instead of washing your hair everyday, cut down to washing it twice a week. On the days you don’t wash it, rinse your hair with cold or warm water, or use a dry shampoo to absorb some of the oils.
New Wash. Michael Gordon, the founder of Bumble and bumble, has begun a new chapter in his legacy, and that chapter is called Hair Story. I recently reviewed Hair Story’s flagship product, New Wash, and it lives up to its vast hype. It’s not shampoo. It doesn’t lather. It simply cleans your hair and leaves it looking and feeling AMAAAAAAAZIING. And guess what? You do not use anything afterward… no conditioner or mask. I was terrified. But girls, this stuff cleansed and moisturized my hair beautifully!
Turn the temperature of your shower down. I know, I know. A hot shower feels so good on a cold winter day… but hot water isn’t good for your skin or hair. Turn down the temperature and shower in warm water.
It’s a brand-new day and your hair is full of bounce and shine, and you’re ready to conquer the world! Since we know to protect our hair from the elements with a super cute toque, all is right in the world. Until that pinnacle moment when it’s time to remove the hat and unleash the remnants of what once was. Enter: hat head. This is a tricky one to combat.
Our advice: Put your hair in a high but loose bun on top of your head. Your hat will go on over the top of the whole thing. The hat won’t squish your roots down because they’re being pulled upwards by the bun, thus eliminating the miserable flattop look. When it’s time to remove the hat, simply set your locks free.
High Voltage: Static Electricity and Split Ends
Tired of looking like you were electrocuted? If you have a problem with wild fly-aways, we have some options to help you tame them. You can use tools (such as an ionic blow dryer or metal comb) or products (such as hydrating shampoo/new wash, and oils or pomades).
Ionic blow dryers. These have negative ions which neutralize the positive ions in your hair to help get rid of static. The ion molecules also break down water molecules in your hair instead of evaporating water molecules, like regular blow dryers do. Always point the nozzle of the dryer down, following the natural direction of the cuticle.
Dryer sheets. This is going to sound hilarious, but rubbing dryer sheets on your hair can help get rid of the static. Alternatively, you can rub them on your pillowcase at night. Try keeping your hair brushes wrapped in dryer sheets, or sleeping on silk pillow cases. If you chose to do option 1 – please make sure someone films you, then send us the video, because we kind of want to see that. 😉
Metal combs. Instead of using a plastic comb, try a metal comb. Plastic will actually make your hair more static-y. Metal is a conductor, so it won’t. This means that the electricity goes to the metal first before it goes to your hair. Also, use a brush with natural bristles. These brushes are more expensive but help distribute oil in your hair and prevent static.
Other tips to combat the winter hair blues (other than highly recommending a tropical vacation):
- Try using a humidifier. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, helping both your skin and your hair.
- Use coconut oil – pure virgin organic if possible – on your locks but be careful not to get any on your extension bonds. If you use the coconut oil, make sure to do so about an hour before showering as a extra boost of natural moisture to keep hair gorgeous and protected.