The winter months can be brutal on the hair. Sun exposure combined with blustery winter wind, snow, rain, and cold can combine to make anyone have bad hair days. Winter brings many issues to the skin and the hair. We have discussed ways to help prevent winter dry skin, but, taking care of winter dry hair is a whole other issue. The change in temperature and humidity when one goes from inside and outside (and visa versa) can strip the moisture from the hair and leave it dry and fly away. The symptoms are compounded by static build-up caused by the fibers in sweaters and overcoats as well as walking across carpeted floors when the air is heavily is charged with negative ions.
Winter Hair Tips
Winter hair can be frizzy, dry, flyaway and flaky. Taking the right care of the hair during the winter months is important. Below are some tips to keep the hair bright and manageable:
Fight the winter frizz: Retaining natural moisture in the hair will prevent it from turning it into a frizz ball. Use a hydrating conditioner that will provide essential nutrients to your hair, while keeping its natural sheen. Make sure to use hair products which are designed for your hair type and hair condition. Do not treat dehydrated hair with conditioners targeted to treat damaged hair. Some additional tips to help fight the winter frizz, use a mild everyday shampoo and conditioner, add a humidifier to your home, eating more fish like salmon and take a biotin vitamin.
Dry flakes: If dry flakes do start to appear, keep a scalp treatment product on hand. Brush dry hair to loosen excess flakes, then use a scalp medicated shampoo three times a week alternating with a mild shampoo for the other days. Stress, wearing hats, not washing hair regularly, over active oil glands and eczema can all contribute to flakiness. Consult with a dermatologist if the flaking is thick, scaly and itchy. Men who use wax every day to style their hair should shampoo twice in the washing process. Wax can build up on top of the oil and dandruff and suffocate the scalp. The first shampoo lather is to loosen the product. The second washes your hair.
Frequent hair washing: It is a myth that washing hair daily is bad. Unless you never sweat or go to the gym, you should wash your hair with a mild shampoo designed for your hair type. If you have an itchy scalp that could be a symptom of something else: an allergy to something, is the heat to high at work and at home, or are you drinking enough water. Your scalp is an extension of your face. You must drink at least five glasses of water a day to hydrate your skin. Think of a dehydrated plant. Our bodies, including our scalp, is a part of that equation. Today’s shampoos do not strip hair like they did 25 years ago.
Shampoo: You don’t have to shampoo every day. It is okay to rinse hair to remove excess dirt and debris without stripping the oils. When you do shower, shampoo your hair in lukewarm water. This allows for the prevention of losing the hair’s natural oils. Paul Mitchell’s Shampoo One and Conditioner is a line that Men’s Cuts recommends for men who shampoo daily. It is very gentle. Another recommendation would be Redken’s Sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.
Conditioner: We realize most men think conditioning takes too much time. It you have frizzy hair, you can use conditioner as a leave-in too. Mae Williams explains, ”We use it on men who have super frizzy hair. It tames the hair.
Hair Products: Certain hair products such as gels and lotions can help your hair look good, Consult with your Men’s Cuts stylist for assistance in choosing the right hair product for your hair type and need. The right hair product will help the overall health of the scalp and hair. The stylists recommends the following products: the water-based, Lay rite for comb overs, Redken for Men WorkHard paste which has a medium hold, is easy to wash out and never hardens, American Crew Fiber, and Paul Mitchell’s shaper cream for finger length top with tight sides.
Blow dryer usage: Good advice during the entire year, but especially in the winter months is to limit use of a hair dryer. Use a towel to gently blot about 20% of the moisture out of the hair, this will allow for shorter blow drying time. After blotting hair, use a wide-tooth comb, and comb the direction you want it to go for the final style and allow to dry naturally. At Men’s Cuts we use the dryer as a tool to set the hair product and style. When you apply heat to hair with product it takes about two minutes to lock it in. Every man needs a vent brush to move hair and dry. Vent brushes are great because air flows right through as you are brush into place. It is great for popping bangs, comb overs, longer layered hair.
One way to help combat winter hair issues is to get a haircut every four to six weeks and consult with your stylists for help with dry, frizzy and flyaway winter hair. Make your appointment at Men’s Cuts today!