I’m going to say something that may be a bit controversial, but here it goes…Summer and Winter can both suck it. Find me a place where it’s spring and then fall, and then spring again and then fall again over and over, and I will move there. Summer has it’s own set of challenges but right now, winter has barely even started and I’m so over it.
I know most people suffer with dry skin when it’s cold, but am I the only one who gets dry hair in winter? It’s straight up doodies, for lack of a better description and I am not into it. But you know me, I wont go down without a fight and I have my little arsenal of tricks to keep my hair from getting brittle in the cold.
#1 Wash It Less
Even in the summer I don’t was my hair every day, but in the winter I find it helps to wash it even less. If you can stretch out the time between your washes with creative styles and dry shampoo, you will find that it gets waaaaay less dry. Yeah, it sounds sort of gross to not wash your hair for a few days, but as long as you use a little dry shampoo it should stay smelling and looking fairly fresh. The thing is that shampoo strips your hair of it’s natural oils, so obviously that will make it a bit drier. Which is clearly not desirable when you are fighting off that pesky winter dryness.
When you DO wash it, wash it with something gentle. Personally I like to use cleansing conditioner in the winter months, specifically WEN SixThirteen because it’s super moisturizing and it smells great. Some people really hate cleansing conditioner, but if you have never tried it in the winter months I suggest giving it another go. You might find that it helps strike a better balance.
If you absolutely can not deal with cleansing conditioners, then try to make sure that the shampoo you use is sulfate free and non-drying. Sulfates really do a job of stripping the oils out of your hair, so sulfate free formulas are your friend. For a budget friendly traditional shampoo option I really like L’oreal EverStrong or the Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo from Trader Joe’s (which is insanely cheap, and really nice!)
#2 Keep It Covered
Keeping your hair covered and literally away from the cold will help you in two ways. The first is fairly obvious. If you keep it out of the cold dry air, that cold dry air has less of a chance to suck all the precious moisture out of it.
The second way is that keeping it all in one place and tucked away will stop it from getting tangled. I know I’m not the only long haired lady who comes home with a nest of knots in the back of my hair during the winter. Scarves, hoods and coat collars mixed with whipping winter winds are basically a recipe for tangles, which lead to you having to get those tangles out, which leads to more damage and dryness.
Wearing a hat helps a bit, but I find it more productive to tuck my hair into my scarf. It protects the ends (which are usually the driest part because they get the least amount of natural scalp oils) it keeps it from blowing around and getting tangled and let’s be honest, it makes you look way more put together and sophisticated than you usually are. Well, at least thats how I feel. Maybe you feel that way all the time. In which case, come teach me your ways!
#3 Carry A Detangling Brush
When I first got this “Wet” brush I was unimpressed. Which is why I have had it for months and you haven’t heard anything about it until now. But recently I’ve realized that although I don’t like using it on wet hair, it does a very good job of detangling my hair when it’s dry.
What I like to do is keep this travel sized one in my purse so when I start to notice I’m getting that dreaded winter tangle I can pop into a bathroom and brush them out before they get out of hand. Of course you can do this with any type of mini brush that you like but I find that this one is nice and gentle so I don’t feel like I’m ripping my hair apart trying to get the brush through it.
#4 Deep Condition
This one is sorta like “yeah duh” but I would be remiss not to mention it. I’m still a big fan of Phtyo Masks, but lately I have been mostly reaching for Coconut Oil right from the jar. I just run a generous amount through the ends of my hair and let it sit like that for about and hour before I wash it. It helps to make sure the ends are in fact getting some oil, as the scalp oil has a hard time making it all the way to the ends sometimes. I do that around once a week. It’s simple and very effective!
I hope these few little tips help your dry hair in winter issues. They certainly have helped mine but honestly, my unofficial tip #5 is to stay inside, drink tea and hug your doggies 😉