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Winter is on its way and it will not be long before the big jackets, the funky scarves and the wooly hats are out. While most people are excited about the holidays and the newest seasons of their favorite TV shows, some of us are already worried about what the weather will do to our skin and hair. If you are too, you are welcome to join the club. For hair, winter means dry scalp, dandruff, split ends, roughness, dryness, and frizziness. This year if you want your hair to look its best and stay healthy throughout the winter without all the usual problems, follow these hair care tips we have for you:

Do not leave the house with wet hair

There are two reasons behind this. First, wet hair and cold temperature is a combination that might get you sick. Secondly, the cold could freeze your hair, which will cause it to break and split at the ends. So dry your hair thoroughly before you go out. If you do not have time to air dry it, use the hair bower’s cool setting and do not forget to use a heat protection spray beforehand.

Hydrate and moisturize

The cold weather will make your hair and scalp dry, so it is your job to provide them with a solution. Begin with drinking water, at least two liters a day. This way your hair and scalp will get the hydration they need. You should also get your hair moisturized more during the winter. The indoor heat in contrast with the outdoor cold will leave your hair dry and split-y. Moisturizing is the cure for that. In addition to your regular conditioner, start using leave-in conditioners and deep moisturizing masks often and you will see the results. Your hair will be softer, shinier, and healthier than ever.

Avoid washing your hair too much

Washing your hair with shampoo too often will strip it from its natural oils and leave it dull and your scalp, flaky. So avoid frequent hair shampooing and use dry shampoo when needed in between washes. You can, alternatively, skip shampoo every other wash and use only a conditioner. This way your hair will stay clean and healthy at the same time.

Try not to style it too often

Do not add to the dryness that your hair has to survive during the winter by using hot hair tools, such as blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. Adopt more natural no-heat hairstyles including buns, braids, and ponytails instead. If it is necessary to use such tools, protect your hair with heat protection sprays and leave-in conditioner.

Get a regular trim

Hair stylists always stress about the importance of trimming your hair at least every 6 weeks and they are right, especially in winter. If you do not trim your hair regularly, the splits at the end of your hair will travel up and cause serious damage to your beautiful hair. So give it a trim every month and a half and enjoy the sleek clean ends.

Follow a weekly hair care routine

Creative hair photographer Araman believes that beautiful hair deserves only the best. So give your hair the best care you can and you will be rewarded with fabulous hair all winter. Set a weekly hair care routine fashioned around your hair’s type and problems. Apply DIY hair masks, serums, or hair oils, shower them off with cool water and then deep condition. In the winter, your hair will need all the extra attention you can spare.

Throw a hat on before going outside

During the winter, try to always cover your hair, when going outside, to protect it from the harsh elements. You can wrap a scarf around it or simply throw on a hat. However, make sure that the hat is not too tight or it will restrict the circulation in your scalp. If your hair is curly, buy hats that have silk or satin linings because hats are usually made of wool and thick cotton, which can cause curly hair to frizz more and can also cause breakage. If the hat does not come with a soft lining, try to sew one yourself.