Winter Hair Care

We previously wrote about some Secrets to Healthy Hair in Winter, but since this particular winter has been especially harsh in New England and temperatures changes can be an enemy of our hair, here is some additional information about winter hair care.

Winter weather can lead to things like static electricity, split ends, dry frizz, and hat-head. Some of these can last the entire season partly because people generally don’t do much to protect their hair from them. Snow, rain, and icy cold can make hair brittle and dry. For skiers, winter sun exposure along with blustery winter wind on the slopes, can snarl hair. Even if you stay indoors all winter, dry indoor heating could be just as damaging as using a blow dryer, which should be very limited in the winter.

Thankfully you can take steps to both protect and replenish your hair’s health. Among the things that can help is regular use of a moisturizing conditioner or a conditioner containing vitamins and minerals necessary for good hair health. Experts suggest avoiding hair care products with a high alcohol content because they can dry your hair in the winter so it is important to be aware of what you are putting on your hair.

People with thick or curly or oily or African-American hair should try not to use conditioner directly on the scalp but instead apply it an inch or two away and work it through to the ends of the hair.

People with thin, fine, flyaway hair may want to avoid a heavy conditioner and use a regular conditioner along with a light conditioning leave-in spray.

Choosing the right shampoo is important because it impacts how hair will behave. In general, shampoos that don’t have lots of filler or unnecessary cosmetic additives are better all year long and a gentle shampoo is especially good in times of climatic extremes. People who color or highlight their hair may want to give it a rest in the dry winter heat to avoid undue stress on the follicles.

You should read what we’ve written about winter hats and cover your head when outdoors in the winter. If static cling and static electricity are an issue even without a hat on, you can try lightly rubbing a clothes dryer sheet on your hair to remove the static.

If your hair appears to be shedding more than normal or if it remains too dry and brittle after taking the proper steps to keep it healthy, you may want to consider seeing a specialist for a hair and scalp examination to be sure that there will not be any permanent problems. The professionals at New England Associates® will perform such an exam and identify the cause of any symptoms and help you review your options and solutions.

If you are interested in discussing more of this with an expert, contact New England Associates® today. At New England Associates®, how you feel about your hair, and making the right choice to solve potential problems, matters. We encourage you to take the time and review the possibilities and come in for a no cost, no obligation private hair loss consultation.

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Source material from WebMD