Protect your hair from cold and humidity

Protect your hair from cold and humidity

Hair that becomes electric at the slightest friction? Softer, they seem to have lost volume? They are also visibly less bright, for lack of rays to illuminate them? It’s normal. Winter, hair fibers experience drastic temperature drops outside and a rise in temperature inside due to heating, when they are not stifled by the regular wearing of a hat.

Against cold and humidity, hydration

Benjamin Mignot, studio hairdresser who officiates in Paris with private individuals via the Simone home beauty service, explains to us what our hair needs most in winter: “Like the skin, the hair needs to be well hydrated. The lack of water is characterized by a rough touch, loss of shine and elasticity.”

In question ? Too frequent washing and the regular use of heating appliances to discipline them. “Little by little, the fiber becomes brittle. Dry, undernourished hair is often the consequence of dehydration which has made it porous by opening the scales. Dull, the hair becomes electric, and frizz is observed due to breakage. and split ends on the tips,” says the pro.

The products to use for beautiful hair in winter

Remember: the wash hydrates, the treatment nourishes. For this, it is recommended to opt for a mild shampoo that provides good hydration to the hair fiber that lacks water. Exit silicones and sulfates that damage hair in the long term. We favor mild foaming agents derived from coconut, added to aloe vera or coconut water which retains water inside the scales.

Then, we especially do not zap the treatment that brings the right dose of nutrition to the lengths, without weighing them down. Conditioner or mask, depending on how much time you have.
The right move? “Apply the product to towel-dried lengths to optimize the effects of formulas based on repairing honey, nutritious argan oil, moisturizing shea butter… It’s ideal for combating static electricity and displaying a soft and shiny hair”, specifies the hairdresser.

Want to try a homemade recipe? Benjamin Mignot recommends taking aloe vera juice directly from the leaf (you can find it in organic stores) and soaking it all over the hair. Leave on for a good hour under an occlusive cling film then rinse with cold water to close the scales. You can also add a few drops of vegetable oil for a two-in-one treatment, both moisturizing and nourishing.

“Coconut oil is often cited to nourish damaged and dry hair but its thick formula does not penetrate well into the heart of the hair. Argan oil or sweet almond oil will be lighter,” he explains.

We comb gently

Since wire brush strokes will accentuate static electricity, instead, a pneumatic brush with plastic bristles and natural fibers is preferred. Suitable for all hair types, this format ensures gentle and effective brushing, without pulling or breaking the hair already weakened by the cold.

Also, best to let your hair air dry, but if you have to go out immediately afterwards, you can opt for a gentle brushing, with a moderate temperature to avoid an aggressive thermal shock. By gently evaporating the water from the hair, you avoid frizz due to ambient humidity during the cold season.

And of course, even tied or hidden under a bonnet, the hair need to be trimmed regularly. Split ends are as common, if not more so, in winter.

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