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Winter Hair: How-To Handle The Three Top Complaints

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Hair care routine is really important this time of year as attested to by this winter hair article at Visual-Makeover. Every year the temperatures drop and everyone has the same complaints about their hair. That bone chilling cold, high winds, and damp freeze doesn’t only play havoc to our bodies, but it can be catastrophe to our hair. We always bring out our winter wardrobes to bundle up and protect us against the cold (like this great selection from Board It clothing that my friend swears by) yet we make no changes in our winter hair rituals to protect against Jack Frost. This winter arm your hair with the best tips to keep your hair in line so it can bloom in spring with the flowers

Complaint #1

Frizzle Frazzle ~~ When the winter temperature drops the central heating is raised. Every home is over working to keep us warm and snug, and even though it feels good to be indoors out of the cold, it is not good for our hair. Central heating sucks the moisture out of our winter hair ladies. You have to figure that you are indoors in the winter for the better part of the day so the drying affect from indoor heating is causing your hair to swell up and frizz out.

  • Answer ~~ Luckily we have some great frizz control hair care products. I suggest hair frizz control serums. This product glides through the hair gently and smooths and tames frizzy ends while leaving a glossy finish to the hair. If you feel that serums make your hair look greasy or limp than you can use a frizz control shampoo and a light weight, leave-in spray conditioner. When you towel dry the hair don’t rough it too much. The cuticles are open and vulnerable and that can be another reason why it is frizzing. Pat the hair gently, and remove most of the excess water before you apply your product.

Complaint #2

Dry Like the Desert ~~ The winter makes you think that no matter what you put on the hair nothing seems to give it moisture. Everyday makes winter hair more dry and brittle. You feel like your hair is dry and lifeless. Why is it that you can barely get a comb through your hair in the winter time; wet or dry?

  • Answer ~~ Have you ever noticed that in the winter your lips tend to be chapped a lot more often than in other seasons? Well in the winter when you lick your lips because they are dry the cold air sucks the moisture away and freezes it dry. Our hair stays wet almost twenty-four hours after it is washed. It feels dry to the touch but the moisture it stuck between the hair shaft for almost a day until it is dry.Cold wind is basically chapping your hair like your lips. Well, as we apply chap stick to our lips, we need to apply a moisturizer to our hair.You should use a hair mask or conditioning treatment on your winter hair once a week. Wash and towel dry your hair. Apply a generous amount of treatment to the mid shaft and ends of your hair and gently comb through with a large tooth comb.Wrap the hair in a towel or shower cap to lock in heat and moisture and leave the treatment to sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse the hair thoroughly and end with cool water.The extra traffic on the road and more gas and oil heating can create an abundance of pollutants in the air, so that too may contribute to dull and lifeless winter hair. Every step is blanketing you with the excess that is in our air. In order to get back the glow in your hair you have to strip off what is coating it. Wash your hair with a good cleansing or clarifying shampoo at least once a week.I suggest doing this the same time you do your deep conditioning treatment. When the hair is free and clean of buildup it can lock the moisture of the conditioner in better.

Head shot of woman with fly-a-way static hair
Complaint #3

High Static ~~ While the turtlenecks and sweaters keep the heat locked into the body they make your hair fly away. Every winter hair is at it’s all time high for static. There is nothing more annoying than spending all that time styling your hair only to have it stand on end by the time you get your coat on.

  • Answer ~~Static hair seems to plague everyone, but fortunately there are some hair care products and tricks that truly work wonders to keep those fly a ways under control. I find that if you spray your hair brushes with Static Guard; the clothing spray, it works great.Make sure to hold the spray at an eight to ten inch distance and leave them for a few seconds to dry. The product is completely safe for your hair and it doesn’t leave the hair feeling any different, but rather, with less or no static at all. Another way to help eliminate the problem is by rubbing the back of your jackets, hats and wooly sweaters with static free Bounce sheets.You can also turn the heat down on your clothes dryer to cut back on static electricity. There are some hair care products that you can purchase to spray on winter hair to reduce static, but most of them are filled with high levels of alcohol that dries out the hair. Instead, be sure to keep your hair well moisturized, with moisturizing shampoo’s and conditioners.

Invest in a humidifier which can also do wonders in keeping moisture in the hair when your hair is exposed to the ravages of winters forced indoors heat. Just keep in mind, dry air means dry hair!

Here is another hair static article for help with static electricity in your hair; Hair professional, Marc Anthony who hails from Canada, gives us good info on dealing with hat hair and the ravages of cold on your hair in another hair static article that I wrote.

So, don’t let the winter blues get you down. Now that you are equipped with the right tools battle this year’s freeze and hop on through to spring! For more winter hair ideas check out our Pinterest Winter Hair Tips board.


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