During the winter, frigid temperatures outdoors and dry heat indoors can leave your hair parched and your scalp itchy and flaky. But don’t worry, you can still have long healthy hair in winter! Follow these natural winter hair care tips to soothe a dry, itchy scalp and prevent breakage all season long.
Winter Hair Care: How to Keep Long Hair Healthy
The Issue: A Dry, Itchy Scalp in Winter
The Solution: Update Your Cleansing Routine
If you wash your hair everyday, it’s time to occasionally put down the shampoo. Skip a few days between hair washes to allow natural scalp oils to moisturize and repair hair strands. When you do wash your hair, use a gentle shampoo and restorative conditioner like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner, which are specially formulated to keep hair looking thick and healthy as it grows. Also remember that you should condition your hair every single time you shampoo it. Conditioner restores and moisturizes hair to help prevent breakage. After conditioning, rinse hair with cold water to smooth the cuticle, thus reducing moisture loss, damage, and frizz.
The Issue: Split Ends
The Solution: Get Regular Trims
It’s not true that trims make your hair grow faster, but they do remove split ends. Split ends can creep up the hair shaft and cause breakage, so it’s important to trim them off before they cause damage. Plus, cutting off split ends makes hair look thicker and healthier, which is extra-helpful in dry, damaging winter air. Visit your hairstylist for a trim every six to eight weeks to keep your hair looking healthy.
If your hair is shoulder-length or longer, you’ll also want to apply a weekly hair mask to give strands some extra TLC. A hair mask with moisturizers that restore and repair hair will help prevent split ends and breakage helping you reach greater lengths.
The Issue: Excess Hair Shedding
The Solution: Take a Hair Supplement
Winter holidays bring with them a lot of stress, and high stress is known to cause shedding and thinning hair. For lots of us, the holidays also mean unhealthy eating, from too much junk food to extreme crash diets. While it’s tempting to go on a crash diet before big holiday parties or vacations, or to try to reverse the effects of those holiday treats, trendy cleanses and diets are tough on your hair. Extreme diets can deprive your body of many of the nutrients it needs for healthy hair growth, which can cause excess shedding and thinning.
To help boost healthy hair growth, eat a diet with plenty of vitamin C, B vitamins, iron, zinc, proteins, and healthy fats. A good diet can also help offset the negative effects of stress on your hair. But if it’s too hard to break your bad diet habits during the holidays, get extra nutritional support from Viviscal hair growth† supplements. Viviscal contains nutrients like biotin, vitamin C, iron, niacin and an exclusive marine collagen complex called AminoMar™ in a formula that’s scientifically proven to promote thicker, fuller hair growth in as little as three months.*
The Issue: Dry, Dull Hair
The Solution: Invest in a Boar-Bristle Brush
Our scalp naturally produces oils that can keep hair and scalp moisturized and healthy. Unfortunately, when our hair gets long, oils can have a hard time reaching the ends, leaving your roots greasy and your ends dry. That’s why you need a boar-bristle brush. Boar-bristle brushes are amazing for distributing the scalp’s oils evenly down the hair strand. Brush hair each night before bed to moisturize your hair with its natural oils.
If you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp in the winter (see tip above), you can also supplement your natural hair oils by using a hair-friendly oil like coconut oil. Apply a small amount to your hair, then brush with a boar bristle brush to distribute evenly. Tip: if this is your first time using coconut oil, or if you’re trying any new ingredient, always do a small skin test first before applying it fully to your hair or scalp to avoid skin sensitivities or allergic reactions.
The Issue: Heat Damage is Causing Breakage
The Solution: Put Down the Curling Iron!
It’s no secret: heat tools like curling irons, flat irons, and blow-dryers can weaken the hair shaft, causing frizz, split ends, and breakage. And dry winter air can make this worse! Whenever possible, avoid using heat tools to style your hair. If you MUST use heat tools, use the lowest temperature setting possible and ALWAYS apply a heat protectant before styling.
The Issue: Major Winter Bedhead
The Solution: Change Your Pillowcase
Once again, dry cold air outside and dry heat inside rear their ugly heads, doing a number on your hair. If you wake up in the morning with static, flyaways or breakage, ditching your cotton pillowcase for a silk or satin upgrade will help protect your hair in the long run. Silk and satin pillowcases have more slip, resulting in less friction on the hair at night, and fewer tangles and less breakage in the morning. It’s a small easy change that makes a huge difference!
Remember: even in winter, you can make the most of your hair by keeping it as healthy as possible. Be patient! Stick with these winter hair tips for long healthy hair, and it will be spring before you know it!