Winter changes your hair, the cold weather alters the condition of the hair as
well as changing the
bounce, vibrancy, shine, and tone of your hair color while leaving you hair with that dried out feeling. This same thing also happens when you change locations and the mineral levels in the water change. In both cases you will need to change what you do for your hair to keep it, and you, looking your best. Winter dryness may also bring on unwanted symptoms of the skin including inflamed, irritated, itchy skin, dryness, fine scales or flaking, and sometimes mild redness, scaling patches or fluid-filled bumps. See our How To Shampoo habits to avoid section, to be sure you are not causing you own problems and our Eczema page for more details on these skin conditions and
In Canada & the northern parts of the United States, winter weather becomes increasingly colder and dryer. Some southern states become damper and others in the southwest go from extremely low humidity to moisture levels akin to summer in other areas. Changing weather conditions means changing needs for your hair; when the weather changes, you should be changing your hair care regiment.
Winter also means that we turn on the heat and, as a result, reduce the moisture level of the air in our cars, our homes and our places of business. This sudden moisture level change between inside and outside can give you and your hair fits resulting in more frizz, more fly-away hair and increased hair static, and can even cause a flaking, itching, dry, irritated scalp condition referred to as Dandruff / Eczema.
One Winter Trick: You can reduce static electricity by using a humidifier or by adding a little Downy fabric softener to a squirt bottle of water and misting your (static producing) rugs or wall to wall carpet.
If you perm, straighten or color your hair, it is more porous than natural, untreated hair because the outside cuticle layer has been opened by the chemical processing. This makes your hair even more vulnerable to the new dryer changes in the air.
To look your best and keep your color looking fresh, healthy & vibrant you need to maintain your hair's best moisture balance by:
Conditioning your hair every time you shampoo it.
Using an intensive conditioning treatment or hair masque at least once a week
Use leave-in / leave-on conditioners to protect and seal in moisture
Use styling products with anti-static and frizz-fighting ingredients
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