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Hassa’s Fashion Buzz: Winter Can Damage Your Hair if You’re Not Careful

Taylor Hassa

Staff Writer 

Winter is the season of cold and super dry skin. During this season, most people feel the need to take care of their skin by using lotion. And they take care of the cold by wearing a warm jacket.

What about the hair on your head? The harsh winter weather is just as damaging to your hair as it is to your skin and your health.

Hair care in the winter is especially important because of how dry and cold it is outside during the winter months. Hair becomes more prone to breakage and damage.

And believe it or not, it is more expensive to repair damaged hair than it is to keep hair healthy. A simple routine is all it takes to beat the damage.

The first thing you can do is stop shampooing your hair so frequently. When shampooing too frequently, you rob your hair of the moisture it needs to maintain a healthy shine.

Generally speaking, it is not always necessary to shampoo every time you shower. A slight buildup of natural oils is actually essential for healthy hair. During the winter, shampooing every other day is the way to go.

To take the step of shampooing even further, use a vitamin-enriched shampoo. During the winter, purchase shampoos intended for dry or damaged hair. Shampoos that say “moisturizing” or “nourishing” work well too.

These shampoos usually contain vitamin E and natural ingredients such as avocado oil, olive oil, lemon extract, soy protein or beta. These ingredients are intended to give back to the hair what washing takes out of it.

When it comes to conditioner, there is no such thing as too much. Even when you skip the shampoo in the shower, it is important to condition.

Starting at the tips of your hair, work the conditioner in all the way up to the roots. Let the conditioner sit in your hair for a minute or two.

Lastly, it is important to let your hair dry naturally a lot during the winter. Blow drying and straightening just dries hair out more.

Make sure hair is completely dry before going out in the cold because wet hair is more susceptible to damage. Being exposed to conditions such as wind and low temperatures can cause a great deal of damage.

Taylor Hassa may be reached at thassa@springfieldcollege.edu

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