‘Winter is Here’, folks!
The season’s festivities, the bright red Santa suits, hot chocolate, and sleighs are upon us, and it’s an exciting time. Unfortunately, we have a few hiccups as well, not least the snow shovelling, cold, the other cold, and, of course, serious hair problems!
You know it. The dry hair, static, split ends, and breakage are serious problems. And no, these aren’t just daily inconveniences, but when they add up, they’re a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of our scalps and our future hair growth.
So let’s prevent all that and make this winter a breeze, in a good way:
These aren’t just winter tips! They’re Strategies!
Hair loss prevention tips & strategies:
1. Reduce Your Shampoo Usage
You need to keep your hair clean, fair, but you need to reduce your shampoo use. Shampoo will cause your hair and scalp to be dry, which will increase the risk of hair loss.
2. Wash Less, Wash Cooler
Not only should you wash your hair less in the winter, but you should also avoid using hot water. Yes, it’s not easy on a frigid morning, but keeping your shower cooler than usual is vital for your hair’s health and longevity. Hot water will dehydrate your hair and put it at risk of dryness.
3. Moisturize Your Hair with Oil
As you might imagine, the goal here is to keep your hair moist and hydrated. So in addition to reducing the hair washing (and especially hot washing), consider using oils to keep your hair healthy through the winter dryness. Try this: on the days you do wash your hair, massage olive or coconut oil to the scalp for 20 minutes, and then wash it out.
4. Reduce Static with Leave-in Conditioner
Static is an early warning sign of dryness, but don’t get caught into using a static guard. Instead, regularly condition your hair while washing it and, after washing it, use a leave-in conditioner.
5. Be Careful When Drying Your Hair
You should avoid using dry, hot air on your hair as much as possible. Yes, it offers a quick dry (especially in the minutes left before you have to step out into the cold for work), but it isn’t as healthy for your hair as you might think. Best practice is to let your hair dry naturally.
If you must, use heat protection before drying.
6. Don’t Step Outside with Damp Hair!
The best approach to this is to time your shower such that you have ample time to let your hair dry naturally (before stepping out). However, while it’s a bad idea to blast a dryer, it’s also a bad idea to step outside with damp hair — it could freeze and break. Plus, it’s just uncomfortable!
7. Wear a Hat (with Silk or Satin Lining)
You can protect your hair from the elements by wearing a hat. But you should consider lining it with silk or satin to prevent split-ends and breakage.
8. Consider Overnight Hydration Treatment
Winters will bring a lot of cold, dry nights. You can take our oil treatment suggestion from earlier a step further by actually applying it for the whole night. Massage coconut oil or olive oil to your scalp before you sleep, and then wash it off in the morning.
9. Keep Your Indoor Environment Balanced
There’s more to hair than just the hair, but also how you live. Where possible, you should work to have your home and workplace a bit humid (i.e., not dry). Avoid making your home or office hot and dry, that’s not a good environment for your hair.
Read More about Maintaining Your Hair
- Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hair System
- 3 Health Conditions That Cause Female Hair Loss
- 3 Secrets To Maintaining a Healthy Scalp To Avoid Female Hair Loss
10. Avoid Light Coloured Bleaching
Avoid bleaching your hair platinum or blonde during the winter. Bleaching isn’t healthy, but in the winter, it will remove much-needed moisture from hair.
We at 3rd Dimension Studios help all individuals with the hair and scalp concerns. We offer a range of modern solutions, including custom-fit, non-invasive Hair Replacement Systems, for any number of unique needs. Let’s get started with yours today!