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Top 10 Ways to Protect Hair's Moisture As It Get's Colder

As the temperatures cool down, we’re making sure we’re taking care of our cherished strands!

It’s no secret that late fall and winter weather can bring lower temperatures, drier air, and plenty of wind and snow. Not only can these seasons bring difficulties like frozen over bridges and snow days home from school and work, but they can also cause extreme dryness and frizz or static in our hair. Locking in your hair’s moisture during the colder season is integral to your hair’s overall health, whether you have bleached and dyed hair or natural locks that have never seen artificial color. If you want to learn how to keep in your hair’s moisture for luscious, nourished strands all through the winter, here are the top 10 ways to consider.

1. Skip showers that are too hot.

Even though a nice hot shower in the winter time sounds oh-so-good, it’s best to pass on these high water temps. Too much exposure to hot water can strip your hair of moisture and shine. If you want to take a super-hot shower, it’s best to keep the time to a minimum or cover up your locks with a cute shower cap.

2. Try not to do too much heat styling.

Along the same lines as the hot shower advice, it’s best to avoid heat styling your hair every day. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat will detract from your hair’s moisture, and it can often exacerbate your hair’s ability to become static-y in the winter. Consider limiting your heat styling days to once a week to help protect your hair. When you do heat style, don’t forget a heat protectant spray to keep your hair safe.

3. Try not to wash your hair too often.

Limit the effects of hot water and stripping shampoo on your hair by limiting your hair washing to two to three times per week.

4. Use products that are shown to increase moisture levels.

When you’re trying to figure out how to tackle dryness in your hair, one of your first steps should be to invest in high-quality products that will add moisture back into your hair each time you wash it. Aveda Nutriplenish Light Moisture Shampoo and Aveda Nutriplenish Light Moisture Conditioner will be your two new best friends in the winter. These two products are formulated with Omega-5–rich organic pomegranate oil, mango butter, and oat extract to nourish dry, depleted winter hair. In tandem, these two products will help your hair appeal fuller and healthier.

5. Add in a deep condition each week.

If your hair just needs a moisture refresh every week, consider utilizing a nourishing deep conditioner. The Aveda Nutriplenish Deep Moisture Conditioner is the perfect choice for adding extra nourishment to your tresses, as it is made with loads of fatty acids and organic coconut oil which will penetrate your hair to easily moisturize and leave it soft and smooth.

6. Go darker, not lighter.

You might be a signature ashy blonde, but you may want to consider going darker in the winter. The bleaching process involved in going blonde can be really harsh on hair that is already dry because of the weather. Consider going for a deep chocolate brown hair color or a deep brunette to help keep your hair healthy and to switch up your look!

7. Get regular trims.

Speaking of what to do in the salon in the winter, try going in for more frequent maintenance trims. Not only will your haircut look fresher longer, but you will limit the chance that you develop dry, brittle split ends.

8. Don’t leave the house with wet hair.

We get it, you’re late! But that is no excuse for running out of the house with a head of wet hair. Dry off your hair with a towel, air dry, or gently dry it with your hair dryer on a low setting before you leave. This way, your hair won’t freeze or break while you’re out in the cold.

9. Wear a hat.

On the topic of leaving the house, make sure you’re wearing a warm hat if it’s cold! Hats keep your hair safe from the cold, dry air.

10. Consider a humidifier.

Part of the issue with winter is that the cold weather comes with very dry air. In order to counteract this harsh dryness, you can add moisture back into the air around you by using a humidifier to rehydrate the air in your environment. Trust us, your hair will thank you.

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