We tend to think that the hot humid and hazy days of summer are the most important days of the year to maintain our hair care routine. Unfortunately this is not always the case, as the colder more frigid temperatures of winter can be rather harsh, and even sometimes more so, than humidity or chlorine on your gorgeous hair. Because we tend to have a little more down time in the winter, there is no time like the present to begin a strict hair care regime that will maintain your pretty locks, and keep them luscious and gorgeous from winter to summer. Here are a few tips to maintain your winter hair care and keep your hair looking like you just stepped out of a salon.
The three things you need to keep in mind when you are taking care of your winter hair are moisture, moisture, moisture. As temperatures drop and the sun begins to show less face time, your hair will need a major moisture overhaul on a regular basis. If you have colored or chemically treated hair, moisturizing your hair regularly will never be more important. Colored hair has a tendency to dull in the winter months, and this is largely due to the diminishing sun hours and the lack of natural moisture in the air. Adding a little extra moisture beyond your standard conditioning will brighten up dulled color and lock in some additional moisture.
The less time you spend in the sun, you will notice that your natural highlights are much less noticeable. The sun assists us in painting on natural looking highlights, and your normally shiny hair will lose its shimmering look very easily. Winter air is colder and dryer, adding insult to injury to your lacklustre hair. If you use heating devices such as flat irons or curling irons regularly, you are compounding this drying out effect.
The easiest way to moisturize your hair on a daily basis is to use conditioners with acetyl alcohol. This is a moisturizing agent that is taken from the coconut and when the acetyl alcohol is extracted from the coconut, you end up with an ingredient that is a very effective conditioning agent. Using conditioner with acetyl alcohol is a wonderful start at adding extra moisture into your hair care routine.
You can then lock this moisture in by rinsing your hair in cold water during your shampoos. This will seal the hair cuticle and leave you with additionally moisturized hair, and as well, a locked in shine that you will adore. Take an extra step to lock in this moisture by using an apple cedar vinegar rinse overnight. The acid from a few tablespoons of this vinegar will contract your cuticle and lock your moisture and shine in even further. Do this once a week, and allow the vinegar to set on your hair for approximately ten to fifteen minutes. If you have your hair collared during the winter, your chances of color fade will dramatically decrease as well.
Regular hot oil treatments, at least once or twice a week will also seal in some extra moisture for your hair. It is important that if you start this routine, that you continue with it through the winter. This is just another step in hair moisturizing that will pay off in the long run.
If you are worried about dry, lacklustre hair during the winter months, stop worrying. Worrying about it will only increase your stress and lead to less than happy looking hair. Take the few extra minutes from your winter downtime to add some moisturizing steps into your hair care routine. You will be alarmed at how gorgeous your hair can look with just a few tweaks into your hair care program.