How to Keep Your Hair Healthy This Winter
Written by Dr. Griffin
During the transition from warmer to colder weather, the combination of very low temperatures, low humidity, harsh winds, and dryness from indoor heating can be rough on your skin—and might also damage your hair if you aren’t careful. Winter hair care can certainly be frustrating, but there’s no need to worry about “getting it all right” as fall winds down. As a team offering surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatments for Philadelphia patients, we have some suggestions for how you can prevent dryness and brittle hair in cold weather.
When it gets colder and drier, we need to adjust our lifestyle to protect our skin and hair. Much like skin can dry out due to seasonal changes, the winter causes your hair to become dehydrated as well, which explains why many people complain about it being drier and frizzier as the new year approaches. The dehydration also causes out-of-control static for some people. To control this, you can take steps to replenish moisture while preventing natural oils and water from being stripped.
You’ll probably only need to shampoo your hair twice a week during the winter. Even though washing with shampoo helps to remove dirt and oils, too much of it can strip the natural oils that your hair needs. Always use a hydrating shampoo and hydrating conditioner. Reduce the time you spend in the shower, and use lukewarm water instead of hot water.
You can also take other steps to replenish moisture in your whole body, such as sleeping with a humidifier, lowering the temperature in your room, and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Grab a Hat
If you’re going out, be sure to wear a hooded jacket or hat to protect your hair from the elements.
Seal In Moisture
Your hair and skin both need significant hydration to stay healthy. Using a quality conditioner during the winter can help you avoid frizz, breakage, static, and dryness, so it’s time to load up on hydrating hair products. Hydrating hair masks and moisturizing balms or oils also help.
Avoid Stressing Out Your Hair
Flatirons, strong chemicals in hair products, and blow dryers are three things to avoid this winter. Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible.
For more hair care tips and details on hair loss treatments, contact Griffin Hair Restoration Center of Philadelphia. Call (215) 561-9100 to get in touch with us or submit a contact form to request a consultation for surgical and non-surgical hair loss solutions.