Winter in Colorado can be brutal. The cold, dry days take a toll on our hair and skin, leaving our lips cracked and our hair frizzy. While lotion and lip balm can help keep our skin and lips moisturized and healthy, it can be difficult to figure out how to keep your hair healthy and hydrated during these colder months.

At Designing Beauty Academy in Windsor, we are a beauty school that also offers great salon services to our clients. From hair services to skincare services, we can provide you with the services you need at an affordable price.

In this blog, we wanted to take some time to offer you winter hair care tips. We know that dealing with your hair in the winter can be frustrating and difficult. Especially if you have long hair, it is likely that you have pulled a sweater over your head only to have your hair get instantly staticky. Read on for winter hair care tips.

Avoid Heat Styling

While heat styling tools are bad for your hair in general, they are even worse during the cold winter months. When you use a blow dryer, you are drawing moisture out of your hair, which can increase breakage. Using other heat styling tools, like a flat iron and curling iron during the winter can also cause extreme damage to your hair. Since your hair is extra delicate during this time of year, using these tools will make matters worse. During the winter, try to embrace your natural hair as much as possible. Take showers in the evening so your hair can dry at night and test out hairstyles like braids, buns, and twists.

Make Sure Your Hair is Dry

Before you head out into the cold weather, you will want to make sure that your hair is completely dry. Wet hair is more vulnerable to damage than dry hair, so walking outside with wet hair when the temperatures are below freezing can really ruin your hair. The best option is to wash your hair in the evening so it can dry naturally overnight, but if you are in a hurry and shower in the morning, blow-drying your hair is better than walking into freezing temperatures with wet hair.

Wash Less

This is something else you should be doing throughout the entire year, but it is especially important in the winter. Washing your hair daily strips it of its natural oils, which help moisturize and protect your locks. When you let those oils nourish your hair for a few days before washing your hair, it will help keep your mane healthy and strong. In the winter, those natural oils are even more necessary.

Do Weekly Hair Masks

Hair masks are packed with nutrients that help improve the health of your hair and can provide more hydration, shine, and softness. This treatment can help keep your hair properly hydrated during the colder winter months. Similarly to how you use a face mask to keep your skin healthy, a hair mask can help give your hair what it needs during the winter. Hair masks are quick and simple to use and can help reduce dryness.

Don’t Use Hot Water

While a hot shower can feel great on cold winter days, taking extremely hot showers is a great way to strip moisture from your hair. This makes your hair more brittle and likely to break. It is best to wash your hair in lukewarm water and finish with a cool rinse. While this may not be ideal in the winter, it is a great way to keep your hair healthy.

Invest in a Humidifier

Winters in Colorado are extremely dry and indoor heating can also dry out the air in your home, making it difficult to keep up with moisturizing and staying hydrated. One great way to make sure the winter air doesn’t completely dry you out is to invest in a humidifier. Adding a humidifier to your home can not only help keep moisture in your hair but also your skin! If the dry winter air affects you more than others, a humidifier is a great way to rehydrate your hair and skin.

Wear a Hat

The elements can affect us in many different ways, including having an effect on our hair. The cold dry air, snow, and wind can all cause our hair to dry out and become more likely to break. Wearing a hat in the winter is a great way to protect your hair from the elements and keep it hydrated. However, you have to be careful about what kind of hat you choose. Cotton, wool, and some other fabrics can cause your hair to break as well. You will want to look for a hat that is lined with silk or satin to prevent damage. You can use a dry oil spray on your hair to keep it from getting staticky under your hair.

Get Regular Trims

Trimming your hair regularly throughout the winter season can also help keep your hair healthy and the moisture locked in. You should get trims every four to eight weeks. This will help reduce the chances of developing split ends and allow your hair to look and feel as healthy as possible.

By following these tips, you can keep your hair as healthy as possible during the colder winter months. While the dry, cold winter air in Colorado can be detrimental to your hair’s health, there are many things you can do to protect it. Hopefully, these tips will help you in the next few months. If you need to schedule your regular hair trim, be sure to contact Designing Beauty Academy in Windsor today! Our beauty school is full of talented and knowledgeable students who provide professional services. Schedule your trim today and keep your hair healthy and beautiful all winter long.