Winter hair care tips for men. Photo: Joe Hart in Head & Shoulders advert.
Winter hair care tips for men. Photo: Joe Hart in Head & Shoulders advert.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he negative effect winter weather has on your hair is due to the drastic changes between the cold air outside and the hot and dry air indoors. That leads to moisture loss and a dry, itchy scalp. If you wear a hat to keep warm (and you should), then you have the “hat hair” problem too. Here are my winter hair care tips for men:

DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY DAY

When your hair feels dry and your scalp is itching, the temptation is to wash it as often as you can. Washing your hair every day is not a good thing regardless of the season. In the winter, in particular, you mustn’t wash your hair everyday.

The reason for this is simple: when you wash your hair, you also wash away some of the nutrients and essential oils with it. These are your hair’s natural defences and vital for its well being.

When you do wash your hair, use warm water. Instead of improving your dry and itchy scalp, the hot water will dry it even more.

It’s also a good idea to change your shampoo in the winter. Get one that contains extra vitamins and minerals and is gentle to your hair.

DO CONDITION YOUR HAIR

Yes, that’s something men do, or should do, too. You don’t have to go shouting from the rooftops about it – just do it. Use a hair conditioner once or twice a week. If (like me) you wash your hair more, then condition accordingly.

PAT DRY YOUR HAIR

That’s easier said than done. The reason for it is to protect your hair from further damage as it is quite fragile in the winter. If you have long (or longish) hair, then you must pat dry it to prevent it from getting tangled up and tied in knots.

Do not use a hair drier in the winter. It will dry your hair even further. If you do, then at least put it on to low heat.

DO HAVE A HAIR CUT

As I was doing my research for this article, I came across a number of other articles suggesting that men don’t cut their hair often because they fear hair loss. Really? I am not a hair loss expert but isn’t hair loss genetically determined?

Regardless of your beliefs, you should have your hair cut every 4-6 weeks. Why? Because you need to manage the length and the shape of your hair. Cutting your hair is the only way to eliminate any hair damage such as split ends etc.

Regular visits to the hairdresser make it easier for you to manage, style and look after your hair. If you are growing your hair long, then let your hairdresser know. He or she will cut just enough to get rid of split ends and other damage without affecting the length of your hair.

You don’t have to be an expert to look after your hair. Just remember that the biggest enemies of your hair in the winter is the sudden change between the conditions indoors (hot and dry) and those outdoors – cold and windy.

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