How to Prevent Winter Hair Damage


When most people think of hair damage, they think ‘heat’ but cold weather can also be detrimental to your hairs health. If you are heading to colder climes or the weather is taking a dip, focus on taking care of your tresses. Just as you would invest in a winter coat, scarf and gloves, it’s important to take care of your hair.

Bundle Up

Hair that is exposed to the elements and environment will be influenced by it. Cold weather can dry out hair as it gets cold, causing it to become brittle. Add in excess winds and hair can be damaged and drained by December. Instead of wearing hair in loose styles, bundle it up in braids, buns, knots and twists. Hair that is slicked back is less likely to be tarnished by the weather forecast. Accessorizing with a wooly hat also keeps you snug as a bug in a rug. Remember, loose hair is more susceptible to elemental damage so you’ll want to wear hair in protective styles.

Nourish your hair

You should be eating well all year round but in winter, this is more of a necessity. Germs thrive in colder conditions and immune systems take a beating. If you eat poorly, your hair will be unable to regenerate itself. As a protein, you need to feed your hair high quality proteins in order to nourish it adequately. Good foods to incorporate are a plethora of vegetables, oily fish, eggs (one of the best protein packed power houses), avocado and sweet potato. Keep your diet varied, balanced and nutritious and eliminate unnecessary sugars. Take a supplement and drink plenty of water. The more water you drink, the glossier your hair, the brighter your eyes and the suppler your skin.

Deep Condition Your Hair

Winter dries and damages hair so you’ll want to deep conditioner your hair to give it moisture, sheen and shine. If you’ve invested in hair extensions, such care is necessary to minimize the risk of breakage and frizz. You can treat yourself to a pampering treatment in salon but you can also purchase the relevant items for your own personal hair care kit. Home care is vital to hair health. You can deep condition your own hair at home with olive oil or coconut oi.

Seal the deal

Washing and styling hair invites damage so sealing ends is a very important way of reducing risk. There are a great many products on the market whose sole purpose is to seal in moisture which creates a barricade between your hair and the elements. If you insist on heat styling, then heat protective sprays are vital.

The Takeaway:

·       Keep hair covered

·       Eat well – nourish yourself from the inside out

·       Deep condition – lock in moisture

·       Seal those ends