By Jc of The Natural Haven Bloom
For those of us currently in the grip of winter, the dry cold winter air may be wreaking havoc to your hair. The first basic solution to dryness is of course to add water to the hair. However, what should you do if misting it up every night , morning or indeed several times a day is not really having an impact?
1. Start co-washing in between shampoo washes
Many people can get away with washing hair once a week or once every fortnight without needing to do any additional washes in between. In winter, you may want to throw in 2 or more conditioner washes in between the shampoo wash. Shampoo may not be necessary for every wash especially if you always cover your hair when you go outside in winter. Wearing a hat will greatly minimise the amount of dust and dirt that your hair picks up from the environment. Misting your hair or simply soaking it in water may not be sufficient to moisturise on its own. This is because conditioner is designed to deposit on hair to repair flaws and increase the moisture holding capacity of the hair. Every time you wet hair and rub it, you deplete some of this layer. A conditioner wash can help to fix this.
2. Get smart when using leave ins: Don’t apply to soaking wet hair
This tip is not just for winter but for all times. One big mistake some people make is to start loading up leave in conditioners or oils immediately out of the shower. If you apply a leave in or oil to dripping wet hair, the fact is that quite a lot of it will simply drip off. The ideal time to start adding leave ins is after towel (or cotton t‑shirt) drying for 5–10 minutes. At this point, most of the wetness has disappeared from the hair but there is still sufficient water to be ‘sealed’ in by the leave in conditioner or oil. The exceptions to the rule are some heavier oils like castor oil or very thick butters like raw shea butter which may actually be easier to apply on wet hair. However, for standard light leave ins like store bought conditioners and light oils like coconut, jojoba, olive or argan oil, the damp, non-dripping hair is best.
3. Time your washes: Avoid going outside with wet hair
If you choose to wash your hair more often, you will need to learn how to time your washes so that you are not going outside with wet hair. The drier and colder air in winter makes it difficult for hair to dry meaning it will stay wet for longer. Additionally, the feeling of cold winter air on wet hair is often unpleasant. The idea of moisturising hair is not to have wet hair for ages, it is to lock in the moisture into the hair and maintain a humidity barrier on the outside. If you have a standard work day, wash your hair soon after getting home and it should be sufficiently dry to sleep on comfortably and fairly dry by the morning.
For those of you living in cold, dry winter climates, how do you keep your hair moisturized?