5 Ways to Avoid Dry Winter Hair
Winters in Kansas City are harsh, to say the least — especially considering how autumn and spring seemingly don't exist in this area anymore. In a matter of weeks, we've traded our swimsuits for heavy coats and flip flops for snow boots. Another major switch that we'll have to face sooner rather than later involves our daily hair routines. Whether your hair is straight, curly, or kinky, winter seems to be the time of year where women of all hair textures deal with more dryness. In this post, we'll explore five tips to avoid winter dry hair so your tresses can stay hydrated all through the holidays.
Tip #1: Don't wash your hair as often.
You may already be familiar with co-washing, especially if you're natural. If not, co-washing is when you leave the shampoo on the shelf and wash your hair with conditioner. If you're someone who works out often or whose hair tends to get oily from skipping washes, using dry shampoo could be a good choice.
Tip #2: Deep condition your hair.
Pairing nicely with the first tip, another solution for alleviating dry hair issues is to deep condition your hair every week. Deep conditioning involves letting the conditioner sit on your hair for about thirty minutes to an hour. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer to really boost the benefits.
Tip 3. Apply hot oil treatments once a month.
Hot oil treatments are similar to deep conditioning, only instead of conditioner, you use oil. Try extra virgin olive oil as your base and add a few drops of peppermint or lavender oil to invigorate the roots and stimulate hair growth. If your hair is really dry, jojoba oil or castor oil are better base options. Saturate your hair with the oil, then wrap your hair in a warm towel. Let it sit for thirty minutes to an hour followed by a co-wash.
Tip #4: Invest in a boar bristle brush.
Boar bristle brushes can cost a bit more than a typical brush (hence the word invest) but the benefits make it worth the splurge. Boar bristle brushes are great for massaging the scalp, increasing blood flow, and unclogging hair follicles. As a result, your hair will be more conditioned and oil levels will be balanced. Both of those benefits translate into healthy, hydrated hair.
Tip #5: Try a clear gloss.
Seal in moisture by applying a clear gloss to your hair. Not only will it lock in moisture, but it will also make your hair look shiny. This is especially good if you have color in your hair as it can help maintain its vibrancy.