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It’s Time To Winterize Your Hair Routine

From unsightly hat hair and split ends, to static electricity and dry frizz, the winter season can wreak havoc on your tresses. The good news: whatever is causing your winter woes, you can take both protective and replenishing steps. Here are five lock-loving tips to keep your hair healthy during the cold season.

Chill Out, Bro

As heavenly as a hot shower feels during a chilly winter day, it can dry out your mane, which will lead to breakage and split ends. As a general rule of thumb, try rinsing your hair with lukewarm or cool water. Doing so will shock your cuticles closed and leave your hair healthier, shinier, and happier. Plus, the cool water is bound to wake you up in the morning too!

Double Up On Conditioner

The dry heat in your home and the cold winds zap moisture from your mane. The solution to keeping your tresses moisturized? Bulk up on the conditioner. Deep condition first, then shampoo, then leave in. You can enjoy the benefits of a deep condition, clean scalp, and rich hair.

Ensure that your arsenal of hair care products includes ingredients such as soy protein and panthenol. These essential fatty acids and humectants are the best weapons against dry hair because they help attract and hold moisture to your locks.

Turn Down The Heat

If you’re guilty of using tons of heated instruments on your hair, such as straighteners, blow dryers, or curling irons, try minimizing your usage during the winter to once or twice a week. These tools suck the moisture from your hair and can cause unbelievable frizz action. Extend the life of a hairstyle by using a lined shower cap when bathing and wrapping your tendrils into a low ponytail before you go to bed.

Skip Showering

You dirty, dirty girl. But seriously, washing your hair daily can strip it of essential oils that are necessary for healthy waves. As much as it feels oh-so good to have clean locks, wash your hair once or twice a week during the winter. Be sure to seal your hair post washing session. Coat your tresses with a sealing product to lock in moisture. Sealants create a barrier between your hair and the elements. Think of it as a sweater for your strands.

Be Mindful Of Accessories

Some hair accessories can have huge damaging effects on your hair during the winter, which is a total bummer. If you have color or chemically treated hair, avoid wearing wool hats as the texture can roughen up already parched locks. Opt for a sleek silk scarf for a retro-chic look instead.

Stephanie is an expert on all things beauty and fashion related.