Have you ever taken time to curl your hair only to walk outside and lose your curls in a matter of minutes? Or have you ever straightened your hair and then have a run-in with humidity?
Have you ever noticed that at certain times of the year, either in winter or summer, your hair breaks more often than other times? How about when it rains? Does your hair change then?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you have your answer. Yes, the weather can have a huge affect on your hair.
Here is what you should look out for:
- Split ends
- Rough/Brittle hair
If you notice any of these symptoms, your hair is trying to talk to you and you need to listen immediately. What you will need to do will depend on what you are experiencing. Below are examples of what tends to happen in the summer and in the winter months.
There is intense heat in the summer season. The direct heat can cause significant damage to the hair. This heat makes the hair dry and dull, and it can be just as damaging as blow drying too often. Summer heat also decreases the level of dehydration in the hair, which can lead to less shiny looking hair, thinning of the hair, and even hair loss. The hair eventually becomes frizzy and the ends begin to split.
Just like in the summer months, the winter season can be damaging to your hair as well. The changes in your hair are actually very similar during the winter months since the weather is dry and cold. Winter air contains less water, so the humidity is low, which requires you to keep your hair and skin moisturized at all times. The less moisture in the air, the more likely it is that your hair will be dry, damaged, and prone to breakage.
Winter also brings windy weather, which brings tangles and knots. Moreover, if you have colored hair, you may notice that you need to keep your hair moisturized more often during the winter season to avoid dry, brittle, and crunchy hair. It can be very helpful to keep your hair covered as a way of protecting it from the weather in either season.
Now that we know what causes our hair to become brittle, to break, or otherwise become damaged, let's discuss what to do if and when this occurs. First, start with a hot oil treatment. No, they are not outdated, and yes, they will save your hair. Hot Royal Oil by Naturally Royalty is by far our best recommendation because it contains the perfect blend of oils to begin repairing the hair.
After your hot oil treatment, use a natural shampoo, one that doesn't have harsh chemicals that will further break, damage, or strip the hair of its natural oils. We recommend The Royal Cleanse and it is even available in sample sizes just in case you are skeptical. The Royal Cleanse is all natural and is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial dyes, or anything damaging to your skin or hair.
Of course, after a good shampooing, you'll need to follow up with a great conditioner. If your hair isn't very damaged, or maybe you don't have a ton of time, we recommend Completely Royalty. However, if you do have time, the best option is to use Deep Down & Royal Deep Conditioner. It is by far, the best option for dry, damaged hair. It penetrates the hair and instantly begins to repair.
After a good deep condition, it's time to style. If you have been neglecting your hair which could be the reason you are experiencing damage, or if you'd like to have a few days off from doing your hair, consider a protective style. We have an entire article dedicated to protective styles.
Whatever you decide to do with your hair, don't forget to lock in the moisture. You've done a lot at this point. Now, you'll want to maintain the moisture you have added by using Royal Sealing Oil. It's a lightweight blend of the best oils that are naturally filled with antioxidants and vitamins that promote hair growth. To get all our recommendations in one bundle, try one of our value bundles. Until next time... Happy Hair Days Curl Friends!