Washing your hair less and investing in a deep conditioning treatment are two fairly obvious things that will help you achieve healthy hair in winter. Drinking lots of water is another. We are less thirsty in winter, however we still need to maintain our hydration levels. What are my tips for healthy hair during the winter months? Read on to find out!
Your hair, like your skin, needs some extra love and care during winter. While diet plays a huge role in keeping your hair healthy all year round, it is important to protect our hair from the damage that the winter elements can cause. What are some simple things that you can incorporate into your routine so that your hair stays looking healthy and beautiful in winter?
1. Wear a Hat
Wearing a hat outside during winter not only protects your head from losing warmth, but it protects your hair from the rain, wind, snow and/or cold air. Worried about hat hair? Try wrapping your head in a silk scarf before putting your beanie on!
2. Keep Your Hair Washing to a Minimum
Remember my post on How to Keep Your Hair Healthy When You Have a Hair Dye Obsession? So I used to wash my hair every day. Now I try to go two or three days without washing my hair. On the off days I wet it in the shower so I can style it after. On weekends I just let it air dry naturally before I go outside - I can't really blow dry it because my skin really doesn't like the heat. The less shampoo you use, the less natural oils will be stripped from your hair. This means that your hair will be less dry looking.
3. Invest in a Deep Conditioning Treatment
During winter it is a good idea to treat your hair deep conditioning treatment once a week. This will help to replenish moisture to your hair. We sit in heating at home and then when we go outside in the cold our hair gets exposed again. If you blow dry your hair a lot too a deep conditioning treatment is a must.
4. Try Using Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is a great choice for hair care because it contains a lot of vitamin E, which is necessary for hair growth, and health. The extensive proteins, minerals, and the linoleic acid it contains also offer lots of benefits for hair. A hot grapeseed treatment will help hair look shiny, but not feel greasy.
5. Step up Your Hair Cuts
Keeping to a regular hair cut schedule in winter is a good idea - it means you can keep your split ends to a minimum. It's also nice to get a regular head massage!
6. Carry a Hot Water Bottle Around and Rug Up
Does your winter electricity bill scare you? Your hair, skin and back pocket will thank you if you turn off the heat and put on a few jumpers instead. Need extra warmth? Try a hot water bottle as well!
7. Try a Hair Oil When You Dry Your Hair
Can't avoid using a hair dryer? Totally fine - we all have places to be quickly in the morning. Try using a hair oil when you blow dry. Try Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine (For Dull, Damaged Hair) - a silicone-free concentrated leave in hair oil. Diamond Oil protects hair from friction and styling damage. When my hair is extra dry I apply a moderate amount to dry or damp hair concentrating on the mid-lengths and ends.
8. Start Taking a Multivitamin
Fresh fruit and vegetables are the key, however dry and damaged hair may need a little more help in winter. I take a zinc tablet for my skin; however in winter I up that to a Hair, Skin and Nails+ Multivitamin by Swisse. This vitamin includes Vitamin C and Silica which play an important role in the formation of collagen. Collagen is a major structural protein important for healthy and strong connective tissue to help maintain skin integrity and appearance. Vitamin C and Silica are also good for healthy hair.
9. Change Your Shampoo and Conditioner
Been using the same products for a while on your hair? Change your shampoo and conditioner every once in a while to keep your strands healthy. Your hair builds a tolerance to a specific shampoo and conditioner and changing it up once a while is a good idea. You hair has different needs with each change of season too. In summer you'll need a lighter formulation, while in winter a more moisturising option is good.
10. Try a RAW Shampoo and Conditioner
I rave about using Natural products where you can. I have been using natural shampoo and conditioner for ages. However, I recently came across MATRIX Biolage R.A.W. (Real - Authentic - Wholesome) Shampoo and Conditioners when I was on a packaging website. Biolage R.A.W. Products are owned by L’Oréal and have achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified™ based on an evaluation of the products’ material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program is an independent, third-party verified certification program that certifies products and materials that are developed to respect human and environmental health, designed for future use cycles, and that utilise clean energy and water throughout the supply chain. Cradle to Cradle product certification is awarded at five levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum), with each higher level imposing a more rigorous set of requirements. The lowest score in any quality category establishes the product’s overall score. Certified products are required to show continuous improvement every two years.
R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner uses naturally-derived ingredients for conditioning and cleansing agents in place of traditional ingredients. The products’ packaging design is also an example of sustainable innovation with bottles that are made of 100% post-recycled PET plastic.
I am excited about trying Biolage R.A.W. Recover Shampoo with yucca & goji berry because L’Oréal suggests it will help to restore shine to my coloured hair. The ingredients are 70% natural-origin and 99% biodegradable. The formulation contains no sulfates, no silicones, no parabens and no artificial colourants. I'll give you an update when I am finished the bottles to tell you what I think about Biolage R.A.W products.