Do you have dry, frizzy hair this winter? My hair is super long, and about a week ago, I noticed that the ends of my hair were starting to get dry. Just like your skin, your hair tends to dry out too. I can always tell when the ends of my hair starts getting to dry, do you know when your hair is dry? Dry hair can make your lovely locks look dull, and it makes your hair hard to manage. When my hair is dry, I tend to put in a ponytail or braid it so that it looks decent enough to run my errands.
Disclosure: I received a free sample of L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay shampoo system from Influenster in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
Turn the Water Temperature Down
During the wintertime, I often struggle with staying warm, and I love taking a hot shower or bath. The hot water feels great, but it wrecks havoc on your hair and skin. Hot water not only drys out your hair but it can leave your hair looking rough unless you take the time to style it immediately after you get out of the shower. Dry, frizzy hair tends to look rough and unmanageable. When washing your hair, turn down the temperature a little bit. A few degrees can make a huge difference.
Use a Hair Dryer Sparingly or Turn Down the Temperature
During the winter time, you are probably more prone to use a hair dryer to get your hair dry. Your hair dryer can dry out your hair if you use on high heat on a regular basis. Next time you have to dry your hair using the hair dryer, try turning the heat down. If possible, it is best to allow your hair to dry naturally as often as possible to help keep the split ends to a minimum.
Change Up your Hairstyle
Find a few new hairstyles that don’t require you to use a flat iron or curling iron on your hair. I love Pinterest because there are thousands of hairstyles to choose from so that you aren’t prone to dry, frizzy hair. Skip hairstyles that rely on the use of a straightener or curling iron. These styling devices tend to dry out your hair especially if it is already dry and brittle during the winter.
Avoid Using Elastic Hair Ties with Metal
Don’t use elastic hair ties that contain metal. They can damage the hair especially when you are removing the elastic ponytail holder from your hair. Instead, choose scrunchies or ouchless elastic ponytail holders. When removing them from your hair, use extreme caution to avoid damaging your hair.
Trim your Hair Every 4 to 8 Weeks
When your hair is lacking proper nutrients, you will notice that your hair is frizzy, it tangles and knots easily, and you may even see split ends. Trimming your hair removes the frizz and helps make your hair more manageable. You don’t have to cut a ton of hair off. A simple trim will do the trick.
Moisturize your Hair
It is important to moisturize your hair especially during the winter time when the air is dry. The air tends to be drier during the wintertime and can zap the moisture out of your hair. It is important to add moisture to your hair to help prevent damage to your hair. Since I have long hair, I always make sure that I keep my hair moisturized so that it stays healthy. A few weeks ago, I started using L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay shampoo system with 3 refined clays. It offers up to 48 hour purified roots while hydrating the ends of your hair.
The L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay shampoo system is a three-step system. Before shampooing your hair, you start with the pre-shampoo mask. Apply the pre-shampoo mask to the roots so that it can deeply absorb the oils and impurities. I allowed this mask to sit on my hair for several minutes. Then I used the rebalancing shampoo and conditioner as usual. I noticed that it made my ends a bit more hydrated compared to usual.
This 3-step system will not repair your damaged hair but it is designed to make it more manageable until you can get a hair trim. It is important to use a wide tooth comb when combing your hair while it is wet. This will help prevent damage. Also, I use a spray in conditioner to make combing or brushing my hair easier.
Wash Your Hair Less Frequently
Shampoo is designed to trap oils in your hair and over-washing can lead to dry, frizzy hair. Jenna Birch says, “that you want some oil to remain in your hair”. Oils help keep your hair moisturized and protects the scalp. Obviously, if your hair is super dirty then you want to wash it. The only time that I wash my hair frequently is when I go swimming, sweat for several hours at a time, or have spent time outdoors for extended periods of time. But for the average person, you can get away with washing your hair 2 to 3 times a week. Between washings you can use a dry shampoo.
Skip Hair Products that Contain Alcohol
Do skip using products that contain alcohol. Alcohol tends to dry out your hair and it makes it vulnerable to more damage.
Find Alternative Hair Dyes
Dying your hair can cause damage to your hair. Most permanent hair dye products contain ammonia, resorcinol, PPDs, and alcohol. If you want to dye your hair, look for alternative hair dyes that don’t contain harsh chemicals.
Treat Dandruff Immediately
Don’t be embarrassed if you have dandruff. Some people just naturally are prone to dandruff while others don’t have a problem. It isn’t caused by bad hygiene and often times doesn’t have a specific cause. If you have dandruff, you should treat it immediately. Here is a bit more information about the different types of dandruff:
Your dandruff will either be small, dry flakes simply indicates that you have a dry scalp or the flakes will appear oily indicates that you are dealing with seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis doesn’t usually cause a problem but it is closely linked to the fungus called Malassezia, which lives on everyone’s scalp. Malassezia feeds off of the oils that are produced by your hair follicles. The fungus can quickly get out of control if your hair is super oily and causes the skin cells on your scalp to produce extra skin cells which eventually flakes off onto your clothing where it is visible.
The winter time is notorious for causing dry, frizzy hair because we often spend more time indoors with the heat on. I do what I can to keep my hair looking healthy especially since I have super long hair. Over the last few weeks, I have noticed that it has started looking dry and frizzy. I plan on following these tips to help tame my dry, frizzy hair.
Do you have dry, frizzy hair this winter? Do you follow these tips to help keep your hair looking healthy?