Fine strands plus the winter almost always adds up to disaster. But that doesn't have to be the case. If you have a solid, well-thought-out regimen for your fine hair, you won't experience the same problems many fine-haired folks do. If you want to give your fine tresses the care they need this winter, you're in luck! In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about winter haircare for fine hair.
Why Fine Hair Needs Special Care in Winter
The truth is fine hair always needs special care - not just in the winter. Why? Fine hair strands are thinner than normal or coarse strands. So, they are inherently weaker and should always be handled carefully.
But when you consider the harsh conditions of the wintertime, it’ll soon become clear that you need to give your hair even more love. The main two issues that come into play in the winter are low temps and dry air. When you're in an area where the air is cold and dry, your hair cuticles lift. Once that happens, your hair won't be able to hold onto moisture like it usually would. The result is dry hair that's more prone to damage and breakage.
How to Care for Fine Hair in Winter
Now that you understand why it's crucial to give your hair some extra attention in the winter, let's move on to how to actually care for it. Below, you'll snag some great tips to get you started!
Take a Break from Heat
Fine strands are more prone to damage and breakage than other hair types, and your risk of hair ruin is elevated in the wintertime. So, we urge you not to sabotage your hair by burning it to oblivion. Yes, we're asking you to take a break from the heat - put your hot tools away and try some heatless styles. If that's not possible, minimize the heat you apply regularly. And whenever you do apply heat, set the temperature to the lowest effective level, use a heat protectant, and minimize the number of passes you make with the tool.
Increase Moisture in Your Hair Care Routine
In the wintertime, you'll want to ensure that your hair is adequately hydrated, and a great way to do this is to apply oil to your damp hair to seal in the moisture. Doing so will increase your hair's moisture retention abilities.
We also encourage you to incorporate a leave-in conditioner into your hair regimen. It'll give your hair a quick dose of moisture to get you through the frigid days of the season.
And don't forget about deep conditioning! Deep conditioners impart much more moisture than your typical rinse-out conditioner. Doing a deep conditioning session every week or so can help keep your hair hydrated and looking great.
We're sure you've got the best intentions when applying your oils, moisturizers, deep conditioners, etc. But we urge you to watch how much you use. Fine hair is super easy to weigh down. Try to stick to the instructions on each product unless they make your hair look or feel greasy or grimy. At that point, you should use less of that product in the future.
So, there you have it - how to care for your fine hair in the winter. We hope you found this article to be helpful!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.