How to keep your hair healthy in the summer/winter
Every year since birth we are forced to deal with drastic weather changes. From scorching hot summers to gloomy winters and heavy snowfall, it seems as if Mother Nature has just finally lost it. These are the seasons that leave us with split ends needles, to say the least. Whether you’re a woman or man it is common for your scalp and hair to suffer during these seasonal changes.
However, the following tips will help you maintain healthy hair during the summer/winter seasons.
- Drink more water
In the summer months, it’s easy to get dehydrated because you’re sweating more than you normally would. Drinking enough water will make your skin glow (and help with any dry scalp) which will lead to healthier-looking hair.
- Wear a hat in the summer/winter
Wearing a hat will help protect your hair from the sun’s harsh rays and keep it looking shiny and healthy.
- Use UV/cold protection
If you are planning on spending time at the pool or beach this summer, make sure to use a leave-in conditioner before going into the water. It will create an invisible barrier that will help protect your locks from the drying effects of chlorin
- Eat healthy food
A healthy diet is important year-round, but even more so in the winter. Your body requires more nutrients during the colder months — nutrients that are found in foods like salmon and nuts. These foods are also great for your hair and skin.
- Don’t shampoo your hair too much in the summer/winter.
In the summer, don’t shampoo your hair too much. Try to wash it every other day. The oils in your hair will protect it from getting damaged by the sun and saltwater and will give your hair a natural shine. If you have long hair, put it up in a bun or braid to keep it out of your face in the hot weather.
In the winter, try not to use hot water when washing your hair. The cooler water will lock moisture into your hair and will help prevent dry, brittle ends. If you have dry or frizzy hair, look for shampoos with vitamin E as an ingredient.
- Avoid excessive heat styling tools.
When you’re at the beach or pool it’s tempting to just let your hair air dry and maybe pull back into a ponytail if it gets too hot but putting your hair up when it’s wet can lead to breakage. When you get home from a day out at the pool or beach try not to use your blow dryer on your hair; instead, let nature take its due course.
- Make sure your conditioner has the right ingredients to prevent dryness in the summer/winter.
Make sure you’re using a shampoo and conditioner with SPF protection. A UV-protective hairspray is also a good option. Sunlight strips out moisture from hair, so keep your hair covered when outside for long periods. Also, avoid swimming in chlorinated pools regularly as chlorine is extremely damaging for your hair.
- Avoid hot showers.
Warm water is fine, but if you tend to take long, hot showers or baths, cut back on them during the winter months. Hot water opens up hair follicles and makes strands more susceptible to damage (including breakage).
- Use shampoo and conditioner that works with your hair type.
Use shampoo and conditioner that works with your hair type. If you have color-treated or dry hair, you should use shampoo and conditioner that will add moisture to your hair. You can also use leave-in conditioners or deep conditioning masks to replenish the moisture in your hair.
- Protect Your Hair When You’re in the water.
Chlorine and saltwater are great for keeping cool in the summer, but they aren’t so good for your hair. Chlorine can cause your hair to become dry, brittle, and discolored, while saltwater strips away its natural oils, leaving it flattened and lifeless. If you swim often or spend a lot of time at the beach, consider applying an oil treatment before swimming or rinse your hair with fresh water immediately afterward. Apply a leave-in conditioner before getting in the water. This will help prevent the absorption of harmful chemicals.
- Remember to Sleep On a Silk or Satin Pillowcase.
The best pillowcase on the market is a silk pillowcase. Silk is considered by many to be the most luxurious material and it has amazing benefits for your skin and hair.
A silk pillowcase will have you waking up with fewer tangles, frizz, and bedhead. Your hair will also be more moisturized (which means less breakage). All of this makes silk pillowcases an essential product for any hair care routine, whether you have natural hair or relaxed tresses.
While silk pillowcases are the best choice for your hair, satin pillowcases will work just as well. The two fabric types are similar in that they are both smooth, soft to the touch, and reduce friction between your hair and the surface you sleep on.
- Limit The Use of Styling Tools
Limit heat styling tools such as blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and hot rollers. Too much heat on your hair will cause damage, split ends, and breakage. If you must use these types of tools, make sure to always use a heat protectant first and limit the number of times you use them per week. Also, let your hair air dry as often as possible.
- Deep Conditioning Treatment is Your Best Friend.
Deep conditioning treatments are great for hydrating dry, damaged hair and they help to replenish lost nutrients. They also help to repair cracks in the cuticles, which can form from all the heat styling and bleaching!
The conclusion is simple: be sure to use gentle, sulfate-free cleansers and moisturizers. They can make a big difference in how healthy your hair will be. Also, be sure to cut down on shampooing your hair as well– this can strip it of its natural oils. And last but not least, don’t forget to wear your hat when you go outside– the sunlight is hard on your hair in the winter, and indirect sunlight is hard in the summer. Plus, it protects you from getting sick during cold and flu season!