If you struggle with dry, lifeless, and brittle hair, especially during those colder days of the year… we completely understand, and we’re here to help you! Cold weather can drain the moisture out of your scalp and hair which results in dry, brittle, frizzy or damaged hair. You might even notice an increase in split ends. Similar to your skin, which we covered in our latest blog post, your hair needs some extra attention when the cold sets in.
Here are our top 8 tips to avoid a constant cold-weather “bad hair” day and keep your locks nourished, healthy, and strong.
1. Don’t wash your hair too often and use oils.
Washing your hair every day, especially during colder weather will just further damage your hair and make it more brittle and dry. You should wash your hair two to three times a week at most. The more you wash it the quicker your hair will get greasy as well. But the main, and most important, reason why you shouldn’t wash your hair too often is the fact that it produces protective oils. These oils coat your skin and scalp and protect it from environmental aggressors. It’s also recommended to add some extra hair oils in your routine during autumn and winter. You can do this two to three times a week, and leave it in your hair during the night before you plan to wash your hair.
2. Use a humidifier or diffuser.
Lack of moisture in the air caused by in-door heating, or even being exposed to outside aggressors like harsh winds will also cause your scalp to dehydrate and your hair to become dry, brittle and make it prone to breakage. What can help on the outside when it comes to that is getting a humidifier or a diffuser that will bring extra moisture into the air around you. Bonus point, this will also do wonders for your skin and add that extra moisture into its outer layers. If you like to use some aromatherapy oils in your diffuser, go right ahead. Some autumn favorites are Bergamot, Cardamom and Cinnamon Bark.
3. Increase your use of hair nourishing products.
There’s no time like the present to add some extra nourishment into your haircare routine! Because of the lack of moisture in the air and your hair becoming increasingly dry due to cold weather and in-door heating, you’ll need to supplement that with the products you use. We recommend our Vapored Strength Hairpod, which provides 60% better absorption of Betaine* when used with our Magnetic Misting technology. It revitalizes damaged hair and improves its resilience, making it the ideal, easy-to-use haircare treatment for these autumn and winter days. For that instant, sleek shine, there’s nothing better than our Shine Diffusion Hairpod.
It takes flyaways and provides vital moisture for sleek, silky hair. Our Hairpods are full of actives and less unnecessary ingredients, which ensures a light, weightless finish, and a perfect bounce to your healthy locks. You can get both of these powerful Hairpods and a UNI device with our UNI NOURISH & PROTECT SET.
4. Remember to get regular trims.
Another important reminder when it comes to hair management is getting regular trims. Split ends are unavoidable, but getting trims will keep your hair looking healthy. While the myth that trimming your damaged ends will make your hair grow faster is very much false, it still means a lot when it comes to how your hair looks and might even help reduce the overall damage done to your tips during cold weather.
5. Lower the water temperature when showering.
Even though it feels the most comfortable during colder days, hot water showers are no friend of hair (or even skin!). Hot water strips your scalp of its natural oils, which can leave your hair looking frizzy and brittle. It might also dry out your scalp, leading to dandruff, irritation and itchiness. Your hair texture also might become more brittle and prone to breakage. That’s why, even though it feels very comfortable when it’s cold outside, you should shower with colder water.
6. Avoid heat styling or use protection.
Heat styling is something many rely on to get their hair looking exactly how they want it to – whether it’s to straighten, curl or just get that volumizing blow out. However, heat styling can create real damage to your hair. If possible, allow your hair to air dry instead of blow-drying it. Direct heat draws moisture out of your hair which could dehydrate your scalp as well as increase the chance of hair breakage. Considering your hair is already sensitive to damage during cold weather, heat styling will just amplify the problems your hair faces.
If you can’t imagine going completely heat-free, then make sure you use heat protection products such as our Precision Conditioner Hairpod, which not only repairs and renews your hair, it also protects it from heat styling – all while keeping it frizz-free.
7. Make sure your hair is dry before leaving the house.
This one is a given, but don’t go out into the cold with wet hair. Other than getting a massive headache and most likely a cold as well, your hair is also more sensitive to damage when it’s wet. Other than wet hair being more likely to freeze and break, cold weather in combination with wet hair will also weaken it, making it more prone to damage.
8. Keep your hair tangle-free.
There’s nothing worse than getting tangled hair, and since your hair is already more prone to damage from cold weather, it’s always a good idea to pay special attention to hair manageability. A silk or satin pillowcase, or a hair cover when sleeping, can help with keeping the tangles out of your hair. However, what’s most important is a good haircare product. Precision Conditioner Hairpod, along with being great heat-styling protection, requires 40%* less combing force needed while detangling hair. Making it the perfect savior if you can’t avoid a few tangled locks.
Try out these tips and your hair should be much more resilient during this autumn and winter weather! Especially in combination with our targeted Hairpod treatments, carefully designed to give your hair that nourishment it deserves, and a sleek, silky shine.
*Test: Franz Diffusion Cells and Experimental Apparatus
**Test: Hair conditioning with DP by combing force, using the combing force apparatus