You may wonder why hair is dry and incredibly unruly at cooler temperatures. In the winter months hair tends to lose its silky nature and is not at all willing to submit to our styling efforts.
The culprits are the low moisture contents of cool outside air and heated inside air. If you wear a hat to keep warm, the hat material will rub against the hair fibres and in the process create static electricity. As a result hair will look dull and resist all attempts at styling. Use our simple hair care strategies to reverse the mulish behaviour of winter hair.
Proper Hair Care in Autumn and Winter
Heat and friction interfere with the natural structure of the hair. This damages the hair cuticles, which in turn leads to brittle, dull-looking hair.
- The solution: Rich conditioning treatments with oil extracts prevent the damage and make damaged hair cuticles smoother. Simply add a few drops of hair oil to your shampoo or work the oil through the ends of your still damp hair. This will keep hair supple and shiny.
Fly-away hair is arguably the most annoying property of winter hair. It is caused by heated interior air and the contact of hair fibers with other fibers such as the fabric fibers of hats, headbands, and clothing. The movement of these fibers against hair produces static electricity, which makes hair stand on end.
- The solution: There are styling products, which help to prevent fly-away hair. Among them are styling mousse, extra-gloss wax, and hair oil.
The lack of moisture also results in a dry scalp. The scalp will produce less sebum, which may lead to dandruff. An itching scalp can be quite irritating.
- The solution: Use a dandruff shampoo.
Few people want to go outside without a hat on a cold wintery day. This keeps the ears warm but the hairdo will be undone. Hats tend to press the hair flat to the scalp.
- The solution: Use volumizing spray or salt spray before you blow-dry your hair while hanging your head upside down. Carry the spray with you to refresh your hairstyle after taking off your hat.