Winter. It’s the time for holidays, shopping trips, hot cocoa, binge-watching Netflix on the couch under a heavy blanket, and… the much-dreaded cold-weather ‘do. And as we’re starting the season, you might be wondering why your hair has begun reacting so terribly.
Turns out, it’s not the freezing temperatures that are hurting your hair. Not directly, at least. The whole fiasco has more to do with dramatic changes in temperature than low temperatures alone.
You see, when you rush inside to escape winter’s wrath, your hair experiences an extreme shock. Think: jumping into a hot-tub after spending a few minutes in a cool pool. Outside, cold and dry air causes the cuticle layer of your hair to lift. Then, inside your home, car, or place of business, your hair quickly tries to pull as much moisture it can out of the warmer air. Do this enough times throughout the season and sure enough, it’ll cause your mane to dry out and frizz, creating the perfect conditions for static head, which can turn your precious locks against you.
This back-and-forth can create a mess of tangles and snags that lead to split-ends. If you have thick, curly, or long hair, it can dull out your DIY color-treated hair. In many cases, arid winter weather can dry out your scalp, leading to dandruff and an uncomfortable, itchy head. Want to protect your hair from the elements with a hat? Um, did you forget about hat-head?
Seems like you’ll just have to wait out these long three months to get any relief, right?
No! You can save your hair. And here’s how:
Beat the elements, starting now!
Get a regular trim
The truth of the matter is that split-ends are going to happen in winter, but by stopping by your local Austin salon and setting an appointment for a little off-the-top can go a long way. By regularly trimming your hair every 4 to 6 weeks you can keep your hair looking healthier and more luscious, so that split ends don’t lead to more split ends.
Keep some of your hair products with you in travel-size bottles and apply a spritz regularly. This will not just help keep the wind from deconstructing your updo. Hair serum can actually help keep your hair smooth and soft while protecting your hair from the extreme elements and wind damage.
Leave it to the experts
It’s important to keep in mind that during winter your hair will experience more extreme heat damage than normal. That means when you use blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons your hair will be more sensitive. So, if you want to get your hair blown out, colored, curled, or straightened it’s always better to go to a professional stylist. They have the tools and know-how to limit the damage caused. They can also treat your hair and scalp with hair products that combat extreme changes in temperatures. Consider a visit to your favorite salon to ask for a hair mask treatment. This will help lock in moisture and can give your hair the lift it needs to survive.
If you are experiencing any of the above and live in Austin or the surrounding areas, stop by Silique. We’re a local salon that provides organic hair supplies as well as is staffed with professional stylists that will help save your hair this winter season. Give Silique a call today at 512-466-1744 or book your appointment right here!