5 Winter Hair Problems To Watch Out For

Winter is right around the corner, and while many people’s thoughts will be turning to the holidays, cuddling up around the fire with friends, and staying warm, there’s a lot more to prepare for in winter than just the cold.

Most people already know that they need to take extra care of their skin during the winter season, but what about your hair?

The winter wind and cold can do significant damage to your hair, so you’ll want to know what that damage might be ahead of time and how to fix it. Keep reading for a few tips to get you started.

Dull and Frizzy Hair: Curly Hair Serum

The harsh temperatures and winter winds can leave your hair looking dull and frizzy in a heartbeat. As moisture levels drop, your hair becomes dry and brittle, leaving you frustrated and your hair a mess. Using a curly hair serum and moisturizing oils can help with this quite a bit.

It’s also best to avoid dry heat products when possible. In other words, skip the dryer and curling iron and let your hair go natural for the best results.

Hat Hair: Leave-in Conditioner

Everyone knows that wearing a hat causes hat hair, but who doesn’t want to keep their head and ears warm during the winter?

The fact is hats absorb the moisture in your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. Since you’re not going to stop wearing a hat just to protect your hair, try wearing a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair soft and moisturized.

Leave-in conditioner locks in the moisture. Also, it’s best to wait until your hair cools after styling to put your hat on so you’re not holding in the dry heat. That will leave your hair lifeless and unshapely when you take the hat off, so just wait a few minutes before plopping a hat onto your head and heading out the door.

Static: Hydrating and Smoothing Products

Everyone has been shocked by touching a doorknob or even another person during the cold months of the year. This is known as static electricity, and it builds up in your hair as well.


The result? You’re walking around looking like a light socket woman, a look that no one likes.

The best way to avoid staticky hair is by using hydrating and smoothing products to tame your locks. Also, let your hair air dry when you’re staying inside, of course, whenever possible.

Dandruff: A Good Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

If you have an itchy scalp this winter, then dandruff could be your problem. The last thing you want is to be out with friends, and one of them pulls a piece of dandruff off your shirt or out of your hair. That would be embarrassing for you and them as well.

The best way to prevent dandruff is by using a good anti-dandruff shampoo. However, it’s better to avoid the ones that contain sulfates, such as Head & Shoulders. Instead, use a shampoo that will soothe your dry scalp, like T-Gel.

Dull Color: Boost Color and Amp Up Shine

The dry winter air can quickly dull the color of your hair if you dye it. Dull hair can dull your entire look, something you don’t want around the holidays. To fix this, boost the color of your hair with a clear glaze or color. That will boost the color and amp up the shine of your hair as well.

Winter can be hard on your skin and your hair. However, if you follow the tips above to repair the damage that the winter winds bring, you’ll be good to go this winter with hair to match.

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