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Protection Against Winter Hair Damage


The cold weather in winter always feels like a shock, even though it comes right on time. Besides moving to a tropical country permanently, the best way to deal with frigid temperatures is to protect yourself from head to toe.

When it comes to the hair on your head, cold weather can really have an adverse affect. Here are some great tips to consider to keep your hair and scalp as healthy as possible during the winter season.

Line your winter hat with silk or satin to stop split ends.
Warning: wool, cotton, and other coarse fabrics can cause split ends and breakage, a tip even more important if you have curls or natural-textured hair. “Always line wool, acrylic, and/or cotton hats with a silk or satin lining,” recommends Williams, who advises going DIY: buy or use old fabric (like a vintage scarf or silk blouse) to measure and sew into any hat you already own. Williams recommends curly and natural girls apply an oil-based hair moisturizer prior to hat placement, while Corbett suggests smooth-textured ladies utilize a silk scarf to prolong their blowout. “Place your blowout or style inside a silk scarf underneath your hat to protect your hair. When you arrive at your destination, remove the scarf and your blowout will be in tact and protected.”

Switch to an oil-based moisturizer to lock in extra moisture.
Blasts of dry air are not good for any type of hair. The only way to combat it: extra moisture. “Natural, curly, wavy, relaxed, and coiled hair is sensitive to cold weather, when it’s prone to brittle texture, breakage, and split ends,” explains Ron Williams, National Educator for Phytospecific, who suggests using a heavier-than-usual, oil-based moisturizer that will evaporate more slowly to protect textured hair.

Never go outside with damp hair to bypass breakage.
Although time is of the essence in the morning, it’s critical to dry hair thoroughly before dashing into the cold. “Anything that’s cold expands, and that’s what can happen with your wet hair shaft in the cold weather, which puts you at risk for breakage and makes your color fade faster,” cautions Corbett. Take the time. Your hair—and your salon bill—will thank you later.’ (Kristin Booker, self.com)

It’s important to know that everybody’s hair is different, and the only way to know how to best protect your unique locks is to have it professionally assessed. At Caralyn’s your Ottawa professional hair care specialists, we take the time to assess and treat each individual scalp and head of hair separately, with the specialized care and respect it deserves. Schedule an appointment today!