Things You Can Do Right Now to Prevent Hair Damage
What are the things you can do right now to prevent hair damage ? We know that the cold wind and dry heat of winter can cause dry skin, but hair is just as prone to damage. Cold weather combined with dry indoor heat can wreak havoc on your strands, leading to split ends and breakage. That’s right: breakage isn’t just a summertime sadness. It happens in winter, and to all manner of hair types.
1. Shampoo less often to help with itchy, flaky scalp.
Shampoo washes away dirt but it also washes away natural oil and moisturizers on your scalp. Instead of washing your hair on a daily basis, cut down to washing it twice a week. On days you don’t wash it, rinse your hair with cold or warm water or use a dry shampoo (such as baby powder) to absorb some of the oils.
Turn the temperature of your shower down. A hot shower feels so good on a cold winter day but the hot water isn’t good for your skin or your hair. Turn down the heat and shower in warm water instead.
2. Switch to an oil-based moisturizer to lock in extra moisture.
There are hot-oil products on the market but you can also use olive oil. Warm it slightly and massage into your scalp and hair. Leave it on your hair for one to two hours and then shampoo out. Don’t worry if you don’t get every bit of the oil out of your scalp; it will continue to moisturize and condition your hair and scalp.
Check the ingredients on hair spray or other products. Make sure they don’t have a high concentration of alcohol which will dry out your hair and make it feel brittle.
Use conditioner after you wash your hair. Conditioners should be applied to your hair, not rubbed into your scalp. Conditioners help moisturize your hair, keeps it looking shiny and helps prevent breakage.
Allow your hair to air dry. Air drying your hair is the healthiest way to dry your hair. Hair dryers and curling irons dry out your hair but going outside with wet hair in the winter can cause it to freeze and break. If you don’t have time for your hair to dry naturally before going out to work, use a leave-in conditioner before you using a blow dryer or curling iron.
3. Wear a hat to protect your hair from the cold and wind.
Your hat should not be so tight that it restricts circulation in your scalp. If you end up with static electricity in your hair from your hat, run a dryer sheet over your hair; that should get rid of the static electricity. Warning: wool, cotton, and other coarse fabrics can cause split ends and breakage, a tip even more important if you have curls or natural-textured hair. Always line wool, acrylic, and/or cotton hats with a silk or satin lining, or try to go with DIY: buy or use old fabric (like a vintage scarf or silk blouse) to measure and sew into any hat you already own.
4. Get a trim
On the average, your hair grows ½ inch every 4 weeks. For long hair, it is recommended to get your hair cut every 2 to 3 months to trim off the ends and keep it looking healthy. For short or medium hair, trims should be every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on how quickly your hair grows. Regular trims will help your hair stay and look healthy.
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