Firstly, why does your hair need any special care in the winter? Plain simply because it's cold and the cold has a tendency to dry hair out. Also, have you ever seen a leaf on a very cold day. It's brittle, I think my hair strands are much more vulnerable than leaves so I'll always spare them exposure to the cold.
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:
This has two benefits:
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:
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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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward