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Don’t let your hair get left out in the cold

It’s no secret that winter takes its toll on your hair. Hair becomes dry, brittle and split ends become uglier and more noticeable. And with hats and scarves, keeping frizz and static at bay seems impossible.

Deep conditioning treatments, unwanted trims and hot oil masks can all repair winter-damaged hair, but can cost a fortune at the salon. After a few weeks to a month your hair ends up needing help again.

To repair your hair and save your wallet there are several cheaper ways you can beat winter’s effects.


Preventing:

Cover your head

Keeping your head, and in turn, your hair, covered will lessen the chances of winter ruining your hair.

Never leave with wet hair

Wet hair can freeze and snap, leaving you with more broken ends than usual and short pieces of hair that will stick up. Try showering at night or using your blow dryer at a low and cool setting to thoroughly dry your locks before heading out.

Shampoo less

Washing your hair every day strips your hair of its natural oils. These oils keep the hair moisturized. Settle for washing it every three days.

Repairing:

Static and frizz

Use a comb instead of a brush, which can cause more static. Using an anti-frizz cream does the job, but it can be more expensive. Spray on some hair spray for a cheaper option or put more moisture into your hair using deep conditioning treatments.

Various treatments

Hair treatments help prevent split ends and breakage, add moisture, reduce static and combat dull winter looks. You can find many DIY deep conditioning treatments online that you can make at home. These are my favorites:

Coconut oil treatment

For about $10 a jar, coconut oil is the easiest of DIY treatments. Slather your hair in the coconut oil, then cover it with a shower cap or towel. There’s no real time limit on this. If you want to really moisturize your hair, let it sit overnight or remove it after about an hour.

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Photo by Lexy Cummins.

Banana hair mask

Depending on the length of your hair, take one or two overripe bananas, a tablespoon of coconut oil, a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of honey and mush it all together. Then apply it all over your hair and put on a shower cap. Leave it on for about five to 10 minutes.

Split end hair mask

Take two tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of almond oil and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Cover your hair in the mixture and cover with a shower cap. Leave this on for about a half hour.

Oatmeal hair mask

If you have issues with dandruff or if you have oily hair use this hair mask. Take oatmeal, milk and almond oil and mix it together until it forms a paste. Place it onto your hair and leave it on for about 15 minutes.

Add some shine

Crack some eggs and run them through your hair to give it some added shine.

Make sure you thoroughly wash and rinse your hair after use of any hair treatment. Use a hair treatment once a week! Visit here for different variations and more DIY hair treatments.

“Hat hair”

Spray some dry shampoo on your roots to perk it back up. Flip hair upside down and back up while running your hands through your hair to give it volume. You can find dry shampoos at most supermarkets for about $5, or you can make your own. My favorite is from Beautylish.com

Dry shampoo

    • 1 tablespoons of cornstarch
    • 4 tablespoons of water
    • 1 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol or organic ethanol
    • Small spray bottle
    • A few drops of essential oil for scent

Fighting winter’s effects on hair has never been cheaper! Start working on saving your hair. That way, when warmer weather does arrive, your hair will look as if summer never left.

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