5 Tips to Winterize Your Hair Routine

5 Tips to Winterize Your Hair Routine

Learn how to keep your hair healthy during the winter with these 5 lock-loving tips.

By: Kristin Booker

The changing temperatures can bring about all sorts of fun fashion excitement (cosy knits and textured tights!) but they can also wreak havoc on your hair. Steamy indoor heat, freezing outside temps, static electricity and heat styling can create so many hair care nightmares.

Fret not! There are some simple things you can do to protect your hair and maintain that gorgeous mane even through the darkest winter days.

1. Adjust Your Water Temperature
As good as a hot shower feels, lukewarm showers reduce the excess dryness, breakage and moisture-stripping that hot showers can cause your hair. As a general tip, try rinsing conditioner from your hair with cool water. Doing so shocks the cuticle closed and will leave you with healthier, shinier, stronger hair.

2. Delve into Deep Conditioners
Start using a deep conditioner like Aussie Moist Conditioner at least once a week. Deep conditioners replenish lost moisture and nutrients that are drawn out of the hair on a regular basis.

3. Turn down the Heat
For those who can’t stand the thought of letting their hair dry naturally, minimize hair drying tool usage to about once or twice a week. You can extend the life of your hairstyle by using a lined shower cap when bathing, and wrapping hair or pulling it into a low ponytail before you sleep.


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Tip: Be sure to use protective products before you use a moisture-sucking heat styling tool.

4. Switch up Your Styling Routine
Your hair has slightly different needs during the winter, so adjust your products accordingly. Owners of fine-to-medium hair should use products that target nourishment where it’s needed without weighing it down.

Those with medium-to-thick hair should soothe parched strands with moisturizing products that contain extra nourishing ingredients such as avocado, olive and/or nut oils.

5. Be Mindful of Hair Accessories
Accessories play a huge part in your winter style, but some can have damaging effects. Women with colour- or chemically treated hair should avoid wool hats, as the texture can rough up already parched strands and lead to breakage. A silk scarf under wool accessories will protect your hair, look retro chic and prevent the dreaded “hat hair.”

If you do wear an accessory, make sure you use coated or cotton hair ties (they don’t pull or snag) or velvet-backed barrettes and other metal accessories to prevent damage.

Do you have any winter styling secrets? Let us know in the comments section below!

When she's not snapping style photos and writing, Kristin is a busy fashion and beauty editor. You can follow her adventures on her blog, FashionStyle.Beauty, which features insider tips on lifestyle, fashion, beauty and travel.

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