1. Regularly Trim Your Hair
While you should get a trim every four to eight weeks for healthy hair throughout the entire year, these visits to your local Fantastic Sams are even more important when temperatures drop. Taking about half an inch of hair off the bottom of your hair every month or so is not only important to maintaining healthy hair, but it’s also a good way to prevent split ends, which can be a big problem in harsh conditions.
2. Avoid Heat
The weather outside may be frightful, but heat styling and blow drying aren’t the solution! Hot showers and heat tools can draw much-need moisture out of your hair, making it brittle and prone to split ends or breakage. When in the shower, try to finish your scrub with a cool rinse. Once you’re out, try to find the time to let your hair air dry rather than reaching for the hair dryer. Then, when it comes to styling, try protective options like braids, buns, twists, and ponytails!
3. Don’t Go Outside With Damp Hair
If one of your time-saving hacks is running out the door straight after your shower, then you may want to rethink your routine in the winter. Anything damp, including your hair, is prone to freezing when exposed to the cold, which can cause breakage to the hair shaft and quickly fade any artificial color. You should dry your hair thoroughly before exposing it to the cold, and, although we are advising you to avoid heat, using a blow dryer is the lesser of two evils compared to the possibility of freezing your hair.
4. Wear a Hat With Silk or Satin
To keep your hair healthy and happy this winter, it’s important to protect it from the elements as much as possible. A hat is a great option, but keep in mind that coarse fabrics like wool and cotton can cause damage, especially if you have curly hair. One great way to shield your hair from the dry air and protect it from harsh fabrics is to line your favorite caps with silk or satin. We also recommend using a silk or satin pillow case to further care for your hair!
5. Deep Condition
Last but not least, it’s important to give your strands as much moisture as possible in this dry weather. Use a deep or leave-in conditioner for intense hydration. If you find a deep conditioner you like, apply it and let it sit for about 10 minutes — you can leave it in longer, but you should never use a deep conditioner overnight! You should be strict on when it comes to timing your conditioning treatment, but in the name of hydration, we’ll make an exception for our no-heat rule, since using a blow dryer on low heat – before you rinse – can help your hair absorb the product better.
Leave-in conditioner is a more flexible option if you don’t want to add an extra step and extra time to your wash day routine. You can apply leave-in conditioner to damp or towel-dried hair and style as usual, without worrying about leaving it in too long or rinsing it out. You can also use this type of product in between washes. Just remember that leave-in conditioner is a product to use in addition to your regular in-shower conditioner, not a replacement.
Take Care of Your Hair With Fantastic Sams
Are you ready to start with step one? Do you want to explore what kind of men’s and women’s hair products we have to offer? Find a Fantastic Sams near you! Our Mahtomedi hair salon is ready to help you brave the cold this season, with top-notch salon services for less. Book your appointment online or stop in today!