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Winter Hair Hacks

Winter Hair Hacks

Brittany Aldean
4 minute read

Dear Diary, 

With the winter season quickly approaching and pampering time cut down to a minimum, my pretty hair needs more love than ever! Like some of you babes, my hair become dry, brittle and dull when temperatures drops, so I’ve pulled together my top 8 steps to help your locks (and mine!) face the cold winter days while staying silky.

1. Reduce the number of hair wash or wash your hair once a week (if possible!)

Why? The more you wash your hair, the more you remove its sebum, a natural oil covering the scalp that is produced to nourish and protect your hair. Believe it or not, you need those oils! 

How? By switching to two, or ideally one wash a week and by checking that your hair products are free of drying or aggressive ingredients, such as sulfate and alcohol. Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

2. Choose hair care products with vegetable oils and vitamins

Why? Coming and going between the inside and the outside and putting on and taking off your hat puts lots of strain on the hair fiber. It needs more care than ever, especially using products that will cover the hair with a protective film and close its cuticles to keep moisture in, avoiding frizzy and dull hair. Let’s be honest, no one wants that! 

How? By using natural ingredients such as vegetable oils or butters, such as argan oil for hair, avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and more. These nutrients are bursting with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that will restore shine and body to damaged hair. Plus, they make your hair stand out in any crowd!

3. Massage your scalp

Why? With all the changes in temperature and the chemicals it gets exposed to, the skin on your scalp tends to get dehydrated and itchy, developing flakes and dandruffs - yuck!

How? By regularly massaging the skin on your head with oil-based treatments (including avocado and coconut oils), you can apply a dose of nutrients to protect the scalp. Moisturizing goals achieved! But be careful, don’t use TOO much!

4. Change the way you blow dry

Why? The heat of the hair dryer opens up hair cuticles, which causes dehydration, dryness and frizz. 

How? By avoiding using heating appliances as much as possible (flat iron and curling iron included). When leaving the shower, gently wring your hair with a towel to absorb as much water as possible. Try not to rub your scalp, since this can irritate your scalp or your hair, leaving you with frizzy, brittle hair. Sometimes, you just can’t help but to put a pretty little curl in your hair - just make sure you protect it first!

5. Improve your hair brush technique

Why? Because by brushing, you don’t just detangle your hair, you break it too. This is made even worse if you brush your hair while it’s still wet. Just don’t do it! 

How? By making your movements a little smoother and especially by fully detangling the ends before attacking the roots.

6. Cover your hair

Why? First of all, it helps keep your body warm. Second, a hat also protects the hair fiber from external aggressors such as the wind and the cold.

How? Before putting on your hat, spray some hairspray on your head to create an additional layer of protection against the cold. Choose one with an extra-strong hold if you want to keep your style as much as possible.

7. Trim your split ends regularly

Why? The longer you wait, the more your hair will split.

How? By getting a trim every 6 to 8 weeks, your hair fiber will be easier to comb, which will limit hair breakage, foster growth and give it a healthy hair.

8. Enrich your diet with food for healthy hair

Why? Your intake of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids is essential to the health and beauty of your skin and hair. The better your diet, the more your body will show it.

How? Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as foods rich in fatty acids (fish, nuts) and vitamin E (avocado, coconut, argan oil) that protect the skin from cellular aging, and drink plenty of water.

That’s it for now, y’all! Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram at @xobrittaldean and don’t forget to tag me in your pretty hair pics with #xobrittbabe for a chance to be featured!

Xo Britt 💋

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