The change of season brings many beautiful things, like soft winter mans, chimneys and comfort foods. Unfortunately, some of these things can promote dry, curly and brittle hair.
“Winter is the hardest time for hair,” says Philip Kingsley trichologist.
“The climate changes from wet and humid to cold and very dry. It is much harder to control your hair in winter and this leads to flaccidity, frizz, flaky scalp and dullness. ‘
As many of us know, frizz is one of the biggest problems in winter. Your hair absorbs moisture from the air and, since the air contains winter moisture much less than hot air, it tends to dry out, which makes it very curly, says Kingsley.
“The wind also absorbs moisture from the strands of hair that lead to fragility and the central heating in your home makes the hair loose and static.”
According to Paolo Lai ‘Hair Healer’, Hair & Beauty Neville, the reason for this “drying” phenomenon is because the hair is hygroscopic.
“A substance that is hygroscopic allows its moisture content to match its surroundings,” he says.
“In a dry atmosphere [such as a heated room] hair expel the moisture until it is on the same level as the room. In a humid environment, it will absorb moisture until it is at the same level. This is the chemistry that allows blowdrys to work and that’s why hard hairs never combed in wet conditions. ‘
In winter, we tend to over-style in an attempt to tame damaged hair. ‘Fake heat will make the hair loose and static, which can make the tips more noticeable,’ says hair fall expert Lucinda Ellery.
Because of this, Ellery points, we should be using heat protection products before modeling and protecting against the elements with the smoothing products.
“In addition, we have the tendency to change our diet in the winter for hot and comforting foods, and any change in diet can alter the appearance, texture and behavior in the hair,” he says.
“Hair tends to grow a little slower during winter, which may take longer to grow the tips out. ‘
Afro hair is not safe against the winter weather either. “Afro hair is thicker, curled and dehydrates quickly if it is not handled,” says celebrity stylist Errol Douglas.
“For afro-type hair, I always recommend going natural during the winter. It’s a great escape from processing, so they say goodbye to relaxation, tissues and extensions.
“In this way, hair is allowed to breathe and give conditioning treatments opportunity to work. Also, this year, natural afro hair is very fashionable, too. ‘
For all other types of hair, hair oils is very popular at this time. “Most hair oil products contain silicones,” says Kingsley.
“These are usually under the heading methicones. While excess silicone can make your hair look flat, a well-formulated product will tame your hair and keep it looking smooth and shiny.’
And, if all else fails, Ellery says you have to remember that, like other animals, that they move after winter.
“It’s a natural process that happens twice a year, so do not panic,” she says. “Usually, lose 100 to 150 hairs a day, so most curly locks will not do it in the spring.”