Healthy Hair Care Tips From A Professional Hairstylist

Monday, October 22, 2012

How Changes In Weather Affect Your Hair

I've had a few clients tell me that they are all of a sudden noticing changes in their hair.  The fact of the matter is that changes in weather can cause changes in your hair.  With the weather here in Alabama going from hot to cold, our hair is noticing a difference as well.

Cold weather can make your hair become dry and you may also see an increase in dandruff flakes.  The reason for this is because warmer weather includes more humidity and moisture in the air.  Cold weather has much less moisture in the air, causing dryness.  This is especially bad news for hair that already faces the issue of constantly being dry.  This means giving your hair extra moisture so that you don't feel as though you have tumbleweed on your head.  Your first mind may be to double up on moisturizing treatments and moisturizing shampoos, but don't forget that you also want to make sure you are at least drinking the minimum requirements of 64oz of water daily.  This is especially important in the winter months when not just our hair, but also our skin tends to be drastically drier.  Water is the ultimate hydrator, which is why all great hair products list this first when they display the ingredients on the back.  In the winter months, our hair will crave moisture and will quench every drop we give it.

When fighting dry hair, oils and serums only mask the problem.  If you want to get to the root of the problem, you must invest in quality products that contain lots of moisturizers and drink LOTS of water!  Opt for products that are sulfate free and paraben free as these do not strip the hair and are the best products to be used.  With that being said,  I religiously use a clarifying/deep cleansing shampoo first on my hair as well as my clients because I like to start with a clean slate.  These types of shampoos do contain sulfates and do strip the hair of all oils and dirt, good and bad.  However, I know how to add the good moisture back in to allow the hair to not become dried out and remain healthy.  If you are confused about how to do this, stick to sulfate free shampoos the entire way.

The bottom line is that we do not need to be intimidated by cold weather!  It is very possible to still have and maintain that same healthy hair that we have in the summer months.  All it takes is knowing what products work best for your hair and actually taking out the time to do what needs to be done when it comes to your hair.  Do this and your hair will not see many bad hair days at all, no matter what season it is!


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