Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Gopika Suresh (Journalist) on 01st Oct 2020

Winter Care For Hair According To Your Hair Type 

Winter Care For Hair

Haircare isn't easy. Every weather and soon requires to be understood, and your locks must be cared for accordingly. But, we can all agree that winter is one of the most challenging months. All kinds and types of hair suffer and look like havoc if not taken care of properly. Keep reading the article as we guide you on how to take care of each hair type.  

Winter Hair Care For Straight Hair

Although straight hair is the easiest to take care of, it too suffers in the winter. The dry and cold wind can bring turmoil to your scalp.

Here are some easy steps for how you can look after it.  

1. Hydration

Dandruff comes from having a dry scalp. So, it is crucial to keep it nourished, even more during winters! Make sure you are hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water every day.  

2. Nutrition is important  

The body must be taken care of from within as well. The same goes for the scalp. Keep your scalp healthy by consuming nutrient-rich foods, vitamins, and minerals.  

3. Stay away from the dry heat 

As much as you'd love to blow dry your hair, hot, dry heat doesn't go well with cold weather. Allow your hair to air dry or change your drying tool to a colder setting.  

4. Wash your hair less often

Over-washing your hair will lead to more dryness. Try and stay away from washing your hair with shampoo as much as you can. If your hair gets too oily, you could pass it with a conditioner.  

Winter Hair Care for Curly Hair

It is one of the most beautiful-looking hair types, but it is tough to manage even more during the winters. However, don't worry, we've got you covered.

Look below for some great tips.  

1. More is less in the case of moisture 

You can never have too much moisture in the hair. But the cold weather can make it look dry and dehydrated. To control this, curly hair must be deep conditioned at least once a week. 

2. Honey 

Honey is a great conditioner. If you are worried that it may make your hair too oily, you could use shampoo after. As honey is naturally a humectant, it helps retain moisture. It works well when combined with other products, too, like conditioners and oils.

3. Get a trim

Make sure to get a trim every 10 - 12 weeks to get rid of any dead hair. Most stylists recommend getting one 6- 8 weeks, but that isn't necessary for those with curly hair.  

4. Cut down on topical protein

Protein is great, but you must give your hair extra moisture when you use products that contain it. Otherwise, it can get brittle and dry. When you're looking for a deep conditioner, pick one with lesser protein to avoid frizz.  

5. Don't miss out on natural oils

During the winters, make sure your hair is locked with moisture before you leave home. Opt for natural oils like jojoba, rosemary, and olive.

6. Ditch the towel 

Whether winter or not, never use a regular terry coat towel to dry your hair. It can result in frizz due to its coarse texture. If you have curly hair, you could use a super absorbent microfiber towel to reduce frizz.  

7. Wide toothed comb

Please do not use your hands; make use of a wide-toothed comb as it causes less damage. Another thing to note is that always start from the bottom and work your way up.  

8. Use more product

Curly hair can get dry quickly, so don't feel shy about using the extra product. Listen to the squeak in your hair to make sure you've got the right amount of work.  

9. Scrunching and extra gel

Since more product is being used in winters, make most of it. Scrunching curly hair allows the work to get in further. Scrunch with a gel that is liquidy for the best results. Scrunching helps in removing excess of products and permits equal distribution of it. 

Winter Hair Care for OILY HAIR

The cold wind outdoors and the dry air inside can ruin your hair. One of the most significant consequences of winters is oily hair. But, remember, washing it more often is no solution.

Keep reading for some real advice! 

1. Use a conditioner wisely 

Never apply conditioner on your scalp; it will weigh your hair down. So, make sure to use it only from the mid-length of the hair and below.  

2. Baby powder  

As you know, washing your hair too much with shampoo isn't right. So, use baby powder. It is a great dry shampoo. Sprinkle some on your scalp the night before to have perfect hair the next day. 

3. Don't touch your hair

The easiest and the best way to keep your hair from getting oily is by not touching it. Your fingertips can transfer oils to it. So, tie your hair back and keep your hands off it.  

4. Brushing hair

You should know exactly how to brush your hair. Brushing it too little will make it dry as the oil isn't distributed. Brushing it too much will make it too oily. So, understand the balance. Do a thorough job of brushing, but don't be harsh with your locks!

5. Bid goodbye to straighteners

In case you have oily hair, it is good for you to stay away from straighteners, especially in the winter.  

Winter Hair Care for DRY HAIR

Everybody hopes for anti-frizz and smooth hair. However, that doesn't come easy, especially in winters, with everything going against you. Below, we've listed some tips for those with dry hair.  

1. Avoid frequent hair washes.

Try to resist when you want to wash your hair in winter. You could wash it every two or three days, so the moisture isn't lost too fast. You can wash your hair with no shampoo and instead with conditioner when it gets too oily.  

2. Moisturize your hair and scalp properly with hair oil 

Those with dry hair may suffer from the flaky scalp. So, make use of a leave in the conditioner or oil to lock the moisture. You could use Argan oil or Jojoba oil that has excellent benefits in nourishing hair and decreasing breakage.

3. Avoid heat styling

Try to stay away from heat and related tools as much as you can. Although straightened hair and tight curls may look great for the day, it causes intense damage to hair, even more, to dry hair. Opt for buns, braids, and twists that could provide you natural curls.

4. Dry your hair properly before rushing out of the door 

Although this may be normal for you during warmer months, it is crucial to dry your hair thoroughly before heading out. Yes, even if it takes an hour!

Cold hair can expand the hair shaft, which makes it more prone to breakage. It could even lead to color, leaving the hair faster in the case of color-treated hair.

So, give your hair that extra few minutes to air dry or even better, you could wash it the night before. This way, you won't be in a rush the next morning. But if you have no other options and ought to leave the house with wet hair, tuck it inside a hat or scarf. This way, there is lesser exposure to winter weather.  

5. Stay committed to a weekly deep conditioning hair mask 

Just like how you give your skin a weekly mask to keep it nourished, the hair requires it too. This could reverse any dryness and damage and also keep your hair healthy all year long.

Hair masks are fast in action and provide a tub of benefits in around twenty minutes. While there are several in the market, you could prepare hair masks by yourself from things in the kitchen.  

6. Opt For Silk

It's no surprise that we all love snuggling to our woolen items during winter. However, they can backfire by causing static hair and breakage.

Hats can prevent oils from reaching the ends, leaving them and more prone to damage. So what is the solution/answer?

Wrap up the hair in a silk scarf before wearing a hat. It reduces frizz and static. Silk is also hypoallergenic and prevents thinning. It also allows your hair to stay free from knots and split ends.

Although wool and cotton may feel soft to touch, it tugs on your hair strands. It causes damage and breakage. That is why we recommend you to sleep on a silk pillow cover. 

7. Stay hydrated

Did you know that every hair strand is made of 25% of water? Hydration is so crucial to ensure your hair and scalp is nourished. It can also prevent problems like dryness, dandruff, and itchiness during the colder months. So, stay hydrated to have the best hair of your life! 

HOMEMADE HAIR MASKS for Winter Hair Care

Hair masks must be regularly used, whether winter or summer. You'd be surprised about the various benefits that the ingredients in your kitchen possess. Below, we've provided two homemade masks that are great for winter.  

1. Egg yolk, honey, and olive oil mask 

You will need an egg yolk, one tablespoon of olive oil, and one cup of honey for this mask.

Beat the egg yolk till it froths. Next, add the olive oil and honey. Mix the mixture well. Now, massage the mixture onto your hair and scalp for five minutes and leave it for an hour. Wash it off thoroughly with shampoo.  

2. Yogurt, lemon, and apple cider vinegar mask 

Take apple cider vinegar, some yogurt, and a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Massage this mixture well into your hair and scalp. Leave it on for thirty minutes and wash off with shampoo.