Allowing wind to whip past your strands in the cooler months is asking for trouble. It will leave your hair dry and brittle which leads to breakage. Rather than being a victim of circumstance, you must take control of the situation to maintain a healthy head of hair. Let’s discuss 5 ways to protect your hair to prevent hair breakage during the winter.
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How to Prevent Hair Breakage During the Winter
Moisturize and Seal
Moisturizing and sealing is one of the basics you learn at the start of your healthy hair journey. Moisturizing simply means to apply a water based product to your hair and sealing simply means following up with an oil based product to seal (or lock) in the moisture. Moisturizing and sealing is an important technique to keeping the hair healthy and hydrated. Visit Jay’s Faves for product recommendations.
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Protective styling is not for everyone but it a great way to keep your hair protected from the wind and other environmental factors. I love wearing wigs, buns, braids and twists.
If you are absolutely against protective styling, then you should protect your hair with scarves or beanies while traveling to and from locations at a minimum.
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Wear a Satin or Silk Lined Beanie
Beanies are great way to protect your hair as you travel to and from. While beanies can be worn a number of ways, I find myself opting for the same two looks and that is, all of my hair pulled up in the beanie with no hair showing whatsoever or allowing a little to hang down from under the beanie as shown below. There really is no right or wrong!
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Although I have a box full of beanies, my favorites are chunky beanies with silk and/or satin lining. The chunky beanie not only looks better (on my big head) but it offers additional comfort and coverage. The lining offers warmth as well as protection against friction (of the beanie) on the hair.
If you are wearing a beanie that is not silk or satin lined, you should protect your hair against friction by wearing a scarf underneath. Otherwise, the beanie will cause friction, dry out your hair and possibly lead to damage.
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Use Protein As Needed
Protein is known for adding strength to the hair but are you aware that protein provides the hair structure, thereby allowing it to hold on to moisture better? Therefore, using protein in the winter is a must to ensure your hair is capable of accepting the moisture you feed it on wash day and throughout the week.
Deep Condition Frequently
Gone are the days when I wash my hair weekly. However, I always give my hair a good deep conditioning session on wash day. I always use a moisture based deep conditioner with my Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap for 30 minutes to replenish the hair with moisture.