Chicago winters are no joke. At times, I feel like the wind will actually blow me over. That’s what I get for living so close to the lake.
My body feels like it’s shriveling up from the inside out. I chug water like I just finished running a marathon, and I’m still thirsty. I moisturize like nobody’s business. My lips are dry. My skin is flaky. Looking and feeling good in Chicago winters is not an easy feat.
And, as you can probably guess, the environment is not great for my hair either. The dry winter climate is just one of many culprits for winter hair breakage. For continued hair growth and strengthening during the cooler months, we need to go on the offensive.
Here’s what you can do to protect your hair this winter:
Check your fabrics
As we bundle up in the cold, our hair is exposed to many breakage-causing fabrics. Hats, scarves, sweaters, and hoods rub up against your hair on a daily basis. This wear and tear can wreak havoc on your strands.
Fortunately, not all fabrics are created equally. Avoid direct contact between wool and your hair. Instead, incorporate silk and satin-lined hats and scarves that will keep you warm without damaging your hair.
Choose protective styles
One way to drastically minimize winter hair breakage is to use protective styling. Try a wig. Get a weave. Put your hair up in box braids. Whatever your choice, you’ll limit the contact between your hair and the elements.You’ll also limit any self-inflicted breakage from daily styling. Your mane will be summer-ready as soon as the sun comes out.
Drink your water
You’ve probably heard the statistic that humans are about 70% water. It’s true. During the winter months, your body may require more water than you’re used to drinking. Listen to it. Your hair, skin, and nails will thank you for it.
Nourish your hair
Winter is the time to truly pamper your hair. Schedule regular deep conditioning treatments, at home or at the salon. Give yourself a scalp massage as you oil your scalp with Shedavi’s Hair + Scalp Growth Elixir. Taking care of your hair isn’t a chore. It’s a treat! These regular practices allow you to replenish moisture even as Mother Nature tries to take moisture out.
What you put into your body affects your hair, skin, and nails year-round, but it bears repeating. Eating a balanced diet of whole foods is one of the best things you can do for your hair. And in winter, your meals can even help you fight off illness! Shedavi’s Hair + Skin + Nails Whole Foods Vitamins take your healthy choices and turbocharges the results.
With these tips, you can enjoy the best parts of winter--sledding, ice skating, snowball fights!-- without sacrificing your hair growth in the process. Or maybe you prefer to stay inside but want to avoid breakage from the blankets you’re curled up in. Me too. If you need me, I’ll be rocking my box braids and savoring a hot cup of tea while I wait for spring to come.