So what are your options?
1. Throw a hat and scarf over your head when you go out
This simply creates a barrier between the extremely cold weather outside and your temperature-sensitive hair. This is especially useful when your hair is too short to pin in or pin up.
2. Wear completely protective, low manipulation hair styles
Completely protective hair styles keep the ends of your hair completely out of site. The best completely protective hair styles are:
- Sewn-in weaves (i.e. not the glued-in type)
- Corn rows and
- Wigs with corn rows underneath
a. You hair strands are stronger bound together than they are when they're "freely floating". Think about it this way, what's easier to break a single tooth pick or ten tooth picks bunched together. The same applies to your hair.
b. The second benefit is that your hair get a break from being combed. Combing is great for detangling hair but it is also the biggest opportunity for breakage.
3. Wear completely protective hair styles
You can obviously hide your hair without plaits by:
- Pinning your hair up
- Tucking your hair in
- Rocking a bun and so on. Anything that hides your hair ends.
These are a good alternative to the completely protective, low manipulation hair styles.
Remember, it's not just the weather you're protecting your hair from but also the central heating system; hiking the heating in your house up also dries out hair. Also, even outside of winter when it is raining or winding think "protective hairstyle".
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