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How to Protect Your Hair From Dryness in Winter

Updated on March 15, 2011

Protect your crowning glory during the cold winter season.

Weather changes can have damaging effects on hair most especially during winter when the temperature drops and humidity becomes very low.  This causes the air to become dry and very cold making winter weather a great threat to your hair.  So if hair is left unprotected, both cold air and winds as well as dry indoor heating can be very damaging not just on your hair but also on your skin as well during the winter season.

However, there are some precautionary measures that you can do in preventing your hair from becoming dry, frizzy and brittled out of the harsh effects that the winter weather can bring. Read below for some simple and practical ways on how to protect your hair from damage during winter seasons.

Shampoo your hair less in winter to keep its natural oils.

You don’t always need to shampoo everytime you take a shower or wash your hair. Excessive shampooing especially during winter season may also contribute to hair dryness.

Try to sometimes shampoo your hair for just once or twice a week, but don't forget to condition your hair regularly.  Also, try to look for conditioning shampoos that best suits your hair type. There may be several types of shampoos in the market to choose from but if possible, look for all natural ingredients.  You can also opt for shampoos that contain shea butter, ginger milk and other natural essential oils as it effectively conditions dry damaged hair.

Apply a hair moisturizing conditioner regularly.

Each time you shampoo, it would be best to follow it up with a conditioner, preferably an intensive moisturizing conditioner if you have a typically dry hair type to help prevent hair breakage and excessive dryness. There are also some hair conditioners which contain humectants holding moisture longer in your hair making it moisturized for longer periods. For people who have thick, heavy and wavy hairs, a deap leave-in hair conditioning treatment used for at least once or twice a week can do best in order to moisturize hair. Leave-in conditioners may also be used if you need to blow-dry or style your hair with hot curlers and hot irons.

Use hair styling creams instead of gels.

If you do need to style your hair in winter, try switching to hair creams instead of your usual hair gel.  This is because hair styling creams help add moisture to your hair making it less suceptible to breaking and dryness.

Dry your hair thoroughly before going outdoors to prevent breakage.

You may blow dry or simply towel dry your wet hair and leave it for a few minutes until it gets evenly dry by itself before going outdoors. Leaving your hair wet outside in the cold weather may easily cause it to freeze leaving it more prone to hair breakage and damage.

Minimize if not limit the use of blow dryers and other hot styling gadgets on your hair.

Limiting the use of blow dryers is very important especially during winter as too much heat on your hair as well as your scalp through its excessive use can strip away moisture and natural oils on your hair leaving it more drier and even more damaged.

Avoid taking long hot showers or washing hair frequently in hot water.

This is because too much heat can cause drying out not just on your hair but also on your skin. Using lukewarm water in washing your hair or even on your body while having your regular shower is more preferable since hot water can easily take away moisture from your hair as well as from your skin.

Protect your hair from the harshness of the cold wind by wearing a cap or hat.

Pushing your short hair back and covering it with a comfortable fitting hat can do a great deal in protecting your hair from cold air. If your hair is long, you can pull longer locks into a ponytail lifting it high on your head and cover it completely with a hat. You may also cover your hair with a scarf as it will allows a little air circulation within the areas surrounding your scalp.

Use natural hot oil treatment if you have an excessively dry damaged hair.

Intensive hot oil treaments can be very effective in rehydrating dry hair from the effects of dry cold winds and indoor heating during the winter season.

Use a humidifier in your home.

Indoor heating can be a one great cause for both your hair and skin to easily dry out. To prevent this, try using a humidifier in your home as indoor air usually tends to become very dry during the cold winter days.  Through the use of humidifiers, you can regulate indoor air from becoming too dry thus preventing hair from becoming coarse, brittled, and lifeless-looking.


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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      @ divacratus - hope these tips will work for your hair, too! thanks!

      @ kazemaru2 - thanks for stopping by. Winters in Turkey are usually very cold, too and it snows from time to time here in Istanbul. So especially for women who have long hairs I do, protecting it during cold winter months is a must! :-)

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      kazemaru2 7 years ago from usa

      Interesting article especially since I live where it snows everyday.

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      Kalpana Iyer 7 years ago from India

      Just the page I was looking for! Thanks for sharing these great tips on hair care.

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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      @ europewalker - normally our hair gets dry caused by weather changes and lots of other factors, that's why we need to take extra care and attention to our hair especially during winter coz this is the time of the year where the cold air becomes an enemy to our hair as well as to our skin. the practical tips i listed above helped me a lot to nurture and moisturize my long hair, and i hope it will help you as well as the others, too.

      and thanks for leaving your comments! :-)

      @ fucsia - try it! it worked for me, i hope it'll do the same for you, too. they are very practical ways to keep our hair healthy - not just in winter but all year round. goodluck!

      and thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      My hair is now dry... I will follow your tips! thanks

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      europewalker 7 years ago

      Helpful hub, my hair is extremely dry, I guess my love of very hot showers doesn't help.

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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      @ breakfastpop - hi there, thanks for taking time to read my hubs, too! i hope these simple winter hair care tips helps. :-)

      @ tony0724 - thanks for dropping by. nevertheless, you have at least some hair left and I think the more they need proper care and protection all year round. cheers! :-)

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      This should be easy for me I don't have much hair left to protect ! :)

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great advice. I definitely learned a lot.

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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Thanks OnlineHub! Hope these tips helps. :-)

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      OnlineHub 7 years ago from Fresno, CA, USA

      These are very good tips on how to Protect Your Hair in Winter. Thanks for sharing, 5 star rating plus recommendation!