7 Ways to Protect Your Hair from Wind Damage
Not only are cold, windy days just a bit miserable to deal with, but they’re also not great for your hair. The cold weather can dry out your scalp and hair, and the wind can do much the same, plus cause tangles and damage. That’s why it’s important to windproof your hair as much as you can! While the best way to help damaged hair when it comes to this weather is to use products for damaged hair both preemptively and after the fact, there are also other ways you can protect your hair from wind damage on those blustery days. Here’s how to windproof your hair.
1. Wear Hairstyles for Windy Days
You already know what it’s like when the wind whips around your head—hair goes everywhere! This can be especially problematic for thin, aging hair, whether it’s curly or fine. When that wind blows, hair is prone to tangling if you’re wearing it loose, so one of the easiest ways to take care of that is to wear hairstyles for windy days. A quick and easy damage-proof hairstyle for any hair type is a braid or a low bun, but if you have short hair, you can also tie a silk scarf over it. These hairstyles for windy days will prevent the wind from grabbing onto the strands and tangling them, which will also prevent breakage while you’re out and about. In a pinch, damage-proof hairstyles are the way to go.
2. Keep Your Hair and Scalp Moisturized
When the weather turns colder and windier, it can dry out your scalp and strands, which means it’s crucial to use products for damaged hair that will bring back moisture. This is one of the best ways to help damaged hair. For curly hair, make sure you’re using our Bounce Back Super Moisturizing Shampoo for Curly Hair and Bounce Back Super Moisturizing Conditioner for Curly Hair, which both bring moisture into dry hair and add life into your curls. The same way the brisk air dries out the skin on the rest of your body, it also dries out your scalp, so you want to make sure you’re protecting it before you even set foot outside with products for damaged hair.
3. Wash Your Hair Less Frequently
This tip goes hand in hand with using moisturizing products, but you also want to just wash your hair a little bit less during colder, windier times of year. Washing your hair too often can dry it out and lead to breakage, so see if you can go an extra day or two between washes to prevent your scalp and locks from getting a bit too dry. If you’re worried about your scalp getting greasy while you let your hair stay hydrated, a dry shampoo, as well as a damaged hair treatment or mask, should do the trick between washes.
4. Get Regular Trims
Treating your tresses to regular trims is just good life advice, no matter the time of year, so you can rid your hair of split ends and dead hair strands. A rule of thumb is to get your hair trimmed once per quarter, or four times a year. Trimming off the split, dead ends and dead hair strands regularly will keep the rest of the strands healthy. When you protect the ends of your hair by trimming them, the damage is likely to travel up the strand and just continue to wreak havoc on the rest of your hair.
If you protect the ends of your hair by getting your hair trimmed regularly, you’re setting yourself up for success when the weather turns bitter and windy, because your hair is already healthier. Taking care of your hair properly should be a year-round proactive routine and not necessarily one that’s reactive to the current weather.
5. Don’t Leave the House with Wet Hair
If it’s cold and windy outside, don’t go out with wet hair. Wet hair tends to be more prone to breakage, and when the cold and wind can already be harsh on your hair and result in damaged hair cuticles, you don’t want to make it even easier for damage to happen, because then you’re stuck dealing with figuring out how to best repair damaged hair. If it’s one of those days when you’re running behind and just do not have time to dry your hair, tie a silk scarf over it to at least protect it from the elements the best you can so you don’t have to reverse hair damage later—not to mention, soothe a case of the sniffles.
6. Use a Wide-Tooth Comb to Detangle
Sometimes you just aren’t prepared for the wind and end up with tangled hair anyway, and that’s okay. It happens. When it does, use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your locks—using a conditioner when you do so is also helpful. Pulling on your hair with a brush or regular comb, especially if it’s wind-tangled, can cause a lot of breakage and then you’re left dealing with how to reverse hair damage. Click here for everything you ever wanted to know about how to detangle tresses for all hair types.
7. Use a Hair Mask
When the weather turns, spend some time showing your hair love with a hair mask—it’s the perfect way to repair damaged hair that the cold air and wind got a hold of. Our Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque is a damaged hair treatment that’s designed to smooth and repair dry, brittle, damaged hair, as well as damaged hair cuticles, making it an especially perfect pick for the colder months. Use it in place of your conditioner 1 to 3 times per week for an added dose of smoothing hydration. By keeping your hair hydrated and healthy with products for damaged hair, it’ll stand up to the wind easily.
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Better Not Younger has all the tips and tricks you need to windproof your hair during cold, windy days including products for damaged hair like butter masks and nourishing shampoos and conditioners.