Toronto received its first severe cold weather warning over the weekend with colder temperatures and more snowfall expected to occur in the next few weeks and into February. When the mercury drops it’s nothing but bad news for your tresses; extreme cold and artificial heat indoors dries hair out leaving it vulnerable to breakage.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some super simple steps to help keep your hair hydrated and silky smooth during the harshest winter months.
Apply serum+conditioner before you wash your hair
This tip comes from Medulla & Co. Yorkville colourist, Jade. She says the best way to combat dry hair from the weather, or from colouring, is to part your hair right down the middle into two sections. Take each section and run a dime sized amount of serum, like TO112’s smoothing serum, through your ends. Then take your favourite conditioner and saturate your hair from mid-length to tips – leave on for 15 – 25 minutes and then wash hair as normal, being sure to only shampoo the roots. Conditioning your hair again is optional.
Weekly hair mask is a must
During cold, dry winter weather never skip out on a weekly deep conditioning hair mask. Our favourite is the TO112 mask for damaged hair. Free of silicone fillers, this mask deeply nourishes, softens, and protects the hair fiber while restoring shine and manageability.
Be gentle when drying your hair
Instead of rubbing wet hair with a towel, which can further damage already brittle hair, wrap your hair in a cotton t-shirt. Towels tend to suck too much moisture out of your locks while a cotton t-shirt soaks up some of the moisture but it’s nonabrasive so your hair isn’t being pulled apart. Using the t-shirt method will actually accentuate the natural texture of your hair and we’re here for that!
Always use a heat protectant when blow drying
This tip should come as a no-brainer. Before you put any hot tools near your hair you should always, always, always use a heat protectant – no matter what season it is! Sprays will work however, in the winter months you may want to opt for something a little heavier and creamier. This will add some moisture to your hair while creating a barrier between your hair and the heat from your styling tools.