THE WINTER-HEAD BLUES: FIVE TIPS TO COMBAT SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORD-HAIR If you find that you experience more bad hair days in the winter months, you’re not alone. Cold weather notoriously wreaks havoc on your coif. “Hat Head” becomes a norm. But before you ditch that stocking cap and court catching a cold in the name of looking good, take a look around. The real culprit isn’t the hat. It’s a radiator. Just like the diminished daylight hours in winter months plays tricks on your mood, the lack of moisture inside due to dry heat can be equally evil to your hair, causing it to crack and look lusterless. Fortunately, there are a few tips that start in the shower to help you combat (forgive the pun) seasonal affective disord-hair.
1 – Avoid Hot Showers Nothing feels better on a cold day that having a long hot shower. But while that blast of warmth may be great on your muscles, it dries your skin and damages your scalp. We suggest limiting your time in the shower to under ten minutes and keeping the temperature lukewarm. Finish it up with a quick blast of cold. It may not be as relaxing, but you’ll wake up faster!
2 – Wash Your Hair Less Frequently If you’re washing your hair once a day, you’re washing it too often. The oils in your hair are there for a reason. Each shampooing strips your hair of natural moisture, causing it to crack and look dull. Stick to washing your hair two or three times a week. Your hair will thank you, and people will think you’re from Europe!
3 – Towel Dry More, Blow Dry Less Nothing can strip moisture from your hair faster than a hot blow dryer. On the flip side, you also don’t want to venture outdoors with a wet head. Your hair is at its most vulnerable state when it’s wet. A trip outside on a polar vortex day can cause your hair to freeze, adding weight and increasing the chance of breakage. Unless you want to look like Jack Nicholson at the end of The Shining, spend more time with a hair towel and finish up quickly with the blow dryer.
4 – Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo Sulfates are common ingredients in a lot of shampoos. They’re great at cleaning, but their even better at stripping your hair of moisture. Avoid them. Read the label. If you can’t pronounce the word, chances are the ingredient is a sulfate. If you don’t like reading the fine print on labels, look for the Artisan Barber line of products which are all-natural, cruelty-free and 100% free of paraben and sulfates.
5 - Keep up with your trims. Even by taking these precautions, cold weather and dry heat will most likely cause at least some of your hair to break, causing it to look uneven. Increasing your trips to the barber in the winter months will keep you looking fresh. You might even discover a new style you like better. Make your appointment today.