Sometimes a good hair day vs. a bad hair day shouldn’t be blamed on the type of hair you have, but what the weather is or even where you live. Different climates can have different effects on hair depending on heat, moisture, and other natural factors. With the seasons rapidly changing, here are my tips for beautiful, healthy hair, no matter the weather!
How to protect your hair from…
Cold, Dry Air: Cold, crisp air can cause hair to dry out and become brittle. It can also lead to static strands, so make sure to keep it moisturized. If you notice an excess of static, try this quick trick. Another tip is to stay inside after washing your hair until it fully dries during the colder months, as wet hair is more prone to breakage.
Wind: While windswept hair can have a perfectly tousled effect, wind-blown hair is a totally different story. Too much exposure to those breezy fall days can increase tangles and knots, leading to unruly hair. Quick fix: tuck your hair in your sweater until you get in doors, or use a silk scarf as a head wrap.
Humidity: The more water vapor in the air, the more humid it will be. Excessive humidity is uncomfortable and takes a toll on hair. Humid weather causes strands to absorb more moisture and can actually change the length and look of your hair.
One way to tame the effects of humidity, and the frizz that often comes with it, is to rinse your hair with cold water instead of warm in order to seal the cuticle. It will then lay flat instead of flying upward and out of control. Bonus: hitting your locks with a blast of cold water will also make it look shinier and sleeker!
Rain: Rain often has similar frizz-ifying effects, and it can also cause hair to flatten out and become limp. To keep hair looking smooth post-rain, Prevention suggests hydrating your hair prior to exposure, so the moisture from the rain doesn’t move up your strands. If you’re afraid of limp, lifeless hair, try a sleek up-do such as a bun or a low-maintenance braided look (try a low side-swept pony like this one), and carry a comb in your purse just in case.
Sun Damage: If your hair feels out of control or lackluster after a summer of sun exposure and dry weather, I suggest undoing some of the damage by returning moisture and nutrients to your tresses. Try one of these 3 DIY hair masks like the ones I shared here to jump-start the restoration process.
How do you deal with the elements? What does the climate you live in do to your hair? Share your stories in the comments!
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