The harsh conditions of a State College winter can make going out and looking good feel impossible. Cute outfit? Covered by your artic level parka. Did your makeup? Too bad tears will be running down your face from snow squall winds. There must be something we can hold onto! Don’t let bad hair be a factor in your seasonal depression. While dry and dull hair can be a consequence of this punishing weather, VALLEY’s got some tips to keep your locks shining all holiday season long.
Shampoo less frequently
We are all guilty of being a little less active in the winter but use it to your advantage! If you don’t really feel the need to wash your hair definitely opt for the skip. The longer you go between washes the more time your hair’s natural oils have to spread from your scalp to the rest of your hair. This is key if you want to hold onto your hair’s natural shine!
Embrace hair oils
If you haven’t ventured into the world of hair oils yet now is your time to start! This is the perfect step to immediately add shine to your hair while also fighting off the dryness from within and healing split ends over time. Hair oil preference is up to you, but based on some research these three —Jojoba oil, Argan oil, and Sweet Almond Oil — are the most popular and effective. Add a few drops of one, or a combination of all three, to the ends of your hair following your shower, or add sparingly after it dries to see immediate shine.
Don’t go outside with wet hair!
Apart from this being one of the most unpleasant experiences in general, it is terrible for your hair to face the winter air while wet. Going outside with wet hair can make your hair brittle and prone to breakage, and these effects will only become more noticeable if you utilize heat tools to do your hair. Either shower with enough time to allow your hair to air dry or just skip the wash for now! Greasy hair can now easily become trendy if you slick it back into a high pony or bun. This also adds the benefit of allowing your natural hair oils to really coat your locks.
Take cold showers
This may sound crazy but trust us it’s worth it. A cold shower will do wonders for your hair. We know this is the last thing you want to do after a long day in the State College cold, but even just switching your shower temperature to cold for the last thirty seconds of your shower can garner results. The cold water locks moisture in your hair while simultaneously tightening your hair follicles. This reduces breakage and overall hair loss, which will keep your locks flowing amongst the icy winds.
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