Dealing with Winter Hair Disasters

Woman looking at her hair

While the winter temps can range from modest to extreme, one thing’s certain: Between the period of time flanked by October and March, with the certain polar vortex, there are specific environmental conditions that define the seasonal ambiance, along with the way that each season affects your hair. Winter hair can be marked by silky smoothness that so many women with either ultra curly locks or those with a multitude of split ends joyfully anticipate, in acknowledgment of the amazing influence the far less humid, and chillier temps will have on their hair. There are just as many not so kind components of wintertime that can leave your hair in a mess. With a little help, you can learn how to deal with many of these, so that they will not again be a problem for you.

Heat and Hair
Even though the temperature indoors feels relatively average, during wintertime, that temperature is an artificially produce one–and by forced heat. You may not notice much of a difference, but it does impact your hair more than you might imagine. The worst part is the drying effects that indoor heating systems cause, literally sucking the hydration right out of your winter hair. You need to do more to restore hair hydration in the winter, or you’ll be dealing with breakage, split ends, and the possibility of an extreme haircut in the spring, just to remove the damaged hair that was ruined by dry winter heat. At least once a week, treat your winter hair to a deep conditioning mask, and don’t skimp on time here. Make sure to use conditioner after every shampoo, and go big with the leave in conditioners. Wash your hair no more than every two days, to prevent more damage from too frequent cleansing that will further strip your hair, leaving it defenseless.

On The Fly, and No Time to Dry?
You’ve just washed your hair, and before you have time to dry it, you’ve got to dash out the door. You worry, remembering your mother’s advice to never go out in the cold with wet hair, but there’s nothing you can do–you’ve got to go–and there’s no time to dry your hair. While the wet hair in winter weather will not make you sick, if you’re going to be outside for any significant time period, having wet hair can cause you to develop chills that, if sustained too long, can lower your resistance to the ambient germs in the environment. Buy yourself a few really cute scarves or turban you can wear–one that you really like and that looks good with your style of dressing. You can give these different forms of flair by embellishing them with fun items, like repurposed antique brooches, silk flowers and even a headband on top.

Woman looking at her hairstyle.

Your Hair and Static Electricity
Static electricity can all out ruin the most carefully created coif, and you never know when it’s going to be haunting you. Just like you use those dryer sheets in with your clothes in the dryer, you can enjoy the same benefit. Static electricity is what causes those socks to firmly cling to your favorite silky fashions, and sometimes even popping when you pry them off. It can get into your hair and wreak havoc at the oddest of times. Make sure, all winter long, to always have a couple of dryer sheets (place them in a small baggie,) slipped into your purse, in the event that you suddenly feel a “charge” in the air. Frizzies and fly-aways will no longer be your problem, if you grab a dryer sheet and run it over your high-flying locks. This performs instant neutralizing for immediate hair calming! You can reuse them, so don’t toss a sheet after only one use–you’ll know when it’s time to throw it away.

Give Your Hair the Once-Over
In a last minute move, when you’ve finished your hair, makeup, dressing and you’re ready to pop out the door, take a quick peek close-up, to check for those little frizzies that are so prevalent in the winter indoor heated environment. While not that visible from a distance, up close, they can frame your head like a little halo of tiny little hair that refuses to comply. To tame these tresses, spray some hairspray onto your hand and then, before it dries, take your freshly sprayed hand and run it very lightly over your hair, in the direction of the style. You’ll be amazed at how much this little trick will do to give you the smoother style detail that you needed.

Hats offer a particular brand of fun, and the winter gives you an excellent excuse for wearing one. You have to remember that if you depart from home wearing a hat–for most hairstyles other than fully braided, more or less securely “flat” styles, you’ll be committed to wearing it all day.  This is not about the utilitarian knitted ski-cape, here, but rather a cute, flirty fashion piece with style. With practically every way your hair might be styled–and even an unstyled style–there will be telltale evidence remaining once you remove your hat. This is what “hat hair” is. So before you opt for a hair covering hat, remember everywhere you’ll be going, and if the hat will be suitable, go for it.

There can be unexpected things that occur without warning, like a sudden blast of a wintry mix or snow and ice storm that catches you out in it, and unprotected. Whenever the likelihood of such exists, the very best style for those times is au naturel. Do something that makes it easy for you to quickly recover by a quick run through or scrunching with your fingers to fluff it back and effectively restore a semblance of style to your winter locks.  During these times, go easy on the hairspray and other products that, when mixed with precipitation, can make for big hair problems as a result. There’s something wonderful about an easy winter hairstyle that you can maintain all day long by a quick run-through, scrunch or tousle. If your do for the day required a lot of effort from heat tools and products, you could be in trouble, later on. At least make sure you carry a backup winter weather hair plan when you depart from home.

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