The cold weather can be completely unfair to our hair. Fussing with unmanageable locks can leave even the most patient of us wanting to pull our hair out. In the winter, hair becomes brittle, leaving you even more likely to suffer from split ends. Oh joy!
You don’t necessarily have to schedule a salon appointment to get rid of split ends, so don’t pick up that phone just yet. There are plenty of all-natural DIY winter hair tips that can help protect your hair and rid it of split ends. Believe it or not, your kitchen is one of the best places to look for hair repair!
Attack the Fridge and Pantry
It’s nearly impossible to walk into the kitchen and not find at least one item that will help repair damaged hair. Eggs, mayonnaise, honey, avocado, papaya, and other common kitchen ingredients are all wonderful for hair. Some of those options can be more effective when combined with other ingredients.
Use Organic Oils Instead of Food
If the idea of using food in your hair grosses you out, consider a more fragrant alternative. Tackle your winter hair problems with organic oils. The use of plant-based oils on the skin and hair has become increasingly popular. Argan oil is highly recommended for dry hair and split ends. The plant-based formula restores the health of your hair by replenishing it with essential nutrients.
Leave Wet Hair Alone
One of the most significant things you can do for your hair is to leave it alone after a shower. Of course, you can lightly pat it dry to absorb excess water, but you should leave the blow dryer unplugged and the brush on the counter. Excessive heat from the blow dryer combined with the harshness of brushing through wet hair will only promote split ends.
Pull Out the Beanie
Don’t let static and frizz scare you from protecting your hair. Whenever you need to head outside, grab a beanie or scarf to cover up your locks. This helps protect your strands from the cold air, which is one of the main culprits behind split ends. Once the hair becomes brittle and dry, the ends are the first to show signs of damage.
Avoid anything that may cause dehydration. That means putting down the hot cocoa and avoiding those piping hot showers. Just as in summer, consuming water is essential to your daily diet. If you are hydrated throughout winter, you can avoid damaged hair and dry skin.
There’s no better time than now to get creative with your hairstyles! Consistently styling and wearing your hair the same way can weaken the strands causing them to split. Don’t be afraid to try out new hairstyles and updos, avoid overdoing any one style.
Maintain Normal Salon Visits
Get a trim every two to three months throughout the season to help promote new hair growth. However, you should really avoid coloring your hair in the winter. While hair dye isn’t exactly great for your hair no matter the time of year, the combination of the cold air and the harsh ingredients in the dyeing agents can increase the probability of split ends and dry, delicate hair.
In with the New out with the Old
Get rid of your old styling products, tools and accessories. Using the wrong kind of hair combs and brushes will cause damage to the ends of hair. Paddle brushes with flexible bristles or wide tooth combs are the best types of hair tools to use every day to support healthier hair.
Create Homemade Hair Treatments
Homemade hair masks, cleansers and hair treatments are easy to make and very good for your hair. All-natural and organic ingredients can create some of the best winter hair treatments. For example, the combination of oil and lime juice gives hair a healthy sheen and protects it from damage.
Another raved about DIY hair treatment includes the mixture of egg yolk, olive oil and honey. Warm the mixture slightly before putting it on your hair. Apply the treatment to the ends of your hair, wrap your head in a towel, and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes.
Understand the Causes for Split Ends
As you might have gathered, split ends can be encouraged by mistakes we make every day. You can easily avoid these mistakes, but you should be aware of what causes split ends and damaged hair to be more prevalent in the winter.
Try to avoid hot water, over washing, exposure to the cold, chemical treatments, and inappropriate hair accessories. A lack of hair maintenance can also encourage unhealthy locks. Our hair is one of the first things people notice. To avoid those dreaded bad hair days, start caring for your hair properly throughout winter.