From holiday shopping to festive parties, the winter season is often busy. Unfortunately, with glittery snow and cozy hot cocoa weather comes cold, dry air that can damage your hair. But don’t let the frosty weather keep you indoors. This winter hair care guide will help you nourish your thirsty locks all season long.
What Happens to Your Hair During the Winter?
Cold air doesn’t hold a lot of moisture, which means your hair isn’t getting the natural hydration it needs. On top of that, you’ll be dealing with harsh winds, frosty air, and a seemingly endless supply of hair-raising static. This wintery mix can cause loads of problems, including dry, dull hair, weak and brittle strands, split ends, frizzing, dandruff, and an itchy scalp.
These looming winter woes can seem intimidating, but fear not. With the right winter hair care routine, you can rock healthy, silky-smooth locks this season.
How to Fight Dry Hair in Winter
Before facing the frightful winter weather, take some time to prepare your hair. Here are our essential hair care tips for winter.
1. Stay Hydrated
Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs a continuous supply of water to thrive. Drinking water encourages hair growth from root to tip, preventing frizziness and breakage. It’s also great for your skin. The more water you drink, the less likely you are to face a dry, itchy scalp and dandruff.
2. Avoid Hot Showers
During chilly winter mornings and nights, nothing sounds better than a hot shower. But whatever you do, resist the urge. Steam and hot water sap moisture from your strands, leaving them brittle and weak when your hair dries. Use lukewarm water to wash and rinse your hair.
3. Space Out Hair Wash Days
Your hair doesn’t need to be washed every day. In fact, shampooing too much can dry out strands, especially in the winter. Shampoo strips away the protective natural oils that keep your hair smooth and healthy.
On the other hand, you don’t want too much product buildup or greasy-looking locks. Washing your hair once or twice a week should be a good sweet spot. Stick to sulfate-free products like our Unicorn Hair Color Shampoo to minimize natural oil loss, which protects color-treated hair while restoring the color of your dye.
4. Dry Your Hair Safely
On wash days, give yourself time to fully dry your hair. Hair is much more fragile when it’s damp. When it’s cold outside, the moisture in your mane can freeze, expand, and cause serious breakage. If you’re in a hurry, use heat with caution. Blow drying or heat-styling your hair can create further damage. Always apply a heat protection product first, then set the heat on low.
5. Stock up on Winter Hair Care Products
Treat your hair to nourishing hair care products to keep your locks glossy and winter-ready. Color-saving conditioners, hydrating masks, revitalizing oils, and moisturizing creams are your best friends this season. If you’re planning to color your hair, check out our ammonia-free, ultra-conditioning Unicorn Hair dyes for vibrant colors that won’t dry out your locks.
Winter hair care doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you’re cuddled up by the fire or rocking a new hat out in the snow, we want to see your winter ‘do! Tag us on Instagram to show off your seasonal style, and check us out on TikTok and Pinterest for more fun beauty ideas.