How to winterize your haircare routine in 4 steps
Winter is definitely coming! With these frigid months approaching, it’s important to maintain healthy hair. The cold can leave your tresses dry, brittle, and dull, and it’s better to protect what’s on your head now, so you don’t spend time later trying to revert the damage that’s already been done.
There are simple solutions to fighting the harsh weather. Using natural products, rather than products with sulfates, mineral oil, or other drying agents, can make a difference on your hair’s health.
Combating the wintery elements won’t be as challenging as you think, especially if you have a game plan. No time to prep? No worries, because here’s a simple list of budget-friendly fixes to winterize your hair. The best part is that you can find all these products in your kitchen.
Say no to shampooing your hair excessively. You don’t have to throw out your favorite cleansers, but remember the sulfates found in most shampoos can leave your follicles brittle. Instead, opt for a chemical-free way to purify hair with baking soda and an apple cider vinegar rinse. This combo is very easy to prepare:
- Mix baking soda and water, and apply to damp hair, making sure to massage from root to ends before rinsing with lukewarm water.
- Then apply a vinegar and water mix to your hair. (Tip: When making your mix, consider combining more water than vinegar and add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to lessen that vinegary odor. I prefer peppermint!)
- Apply mixture to hair and after a few seconds, rinse with cool water.
It’s imperative to restore the moisture your hair will lose over the winter months by deep conditioning. If you condition your hair once in a while, then you may want to take it up a notch by deep conditioning at least twice a month. This type of intense hydration is essential to fighting possible breakage. Blending avocado and coconut milk, you’ll want to apply this mixture to your hair and cover with a plastic cap. For extra saturation, wrap a towel around your head and rinse after 15 minutes.
Already experiencing dull, dry hair? Not to worry. The antioxidants found in honey alone can defeat the environmental elements and chemicals hair is exposed to every day. Honey is also a humectant, which means it can draw and hold moisture. Using honey and a few drops of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) for added slip, dowse hair and let sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing. Your locks will have an instant, extra shine.
There’s nothing wrong with taking the proper precaution when it comes to your hair. The best way to do this is to pre-poo or to treat your hair before cleansing. Applying coconut oil, grape seed oil, or both, especially before using a shampoo, can reduce tangles, breakage, and help to retain moisture. Taking either oil, massage from your scalp and throughout hair, and cover with a plastic cap for 20 to 30 minutes before washing.
How will you make sure your hair is winter ready? Share your haircare regime below!