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The wetter the weather, the drier your hair becomes. And although you’re not spending hours in the ocean or sweating your locks into a greasy mop, your hair still needs TLC during the colder months to protect it from winter’s elements.

Here are some simple ways to give your hair that winter chic:

1. Grease lightning

This may be a no brainer, especially considering our current drought, but you don’t need to wash your hair every day or even every second day, as over-washing can strip your mane of its essential oils, leaving it drier, duller, and more prone to breakage. Try using dry shampoo or baby powder to keep your hair looking fresh in between (weekly) washes.

2. Cool it, hot stuff

Although it may help wake you up on those icy winter mornings, showering in extremely hot water isn’t great for your hair, as it can remove your natural oils, (which explains why it’s so effective in the cleaning of greasy pots and pans). Try keep your water lukewarm and turn up the heater instead.

3. More moisture

Just like your skin, your hair loves moisture. Massage a good quality leave-in-conditioner or even some slightly warmed coconut oil through your scalp and hair and leave it in overnight for softer, lusher locks.

4. Leave it natural baby

Constant use of hair dryers and curling irons will dry out your hair, leaving it frizzy and damaged. At the same time, going outside in winter with wet hair can cause it to freeze and break, so try let it dry naturally indoors, or apply a leave-in conditioner before blow drying it.

5. Hang onto your hat

Hats that are too tight restrict circulation in your scalp, so opt instead for a loose beanie, (which are much more fashionable anyway) to protect your hair from the cold wind.

6. Much a hairdo about nothing

Now we’re not saying you need a ‘mom cut’, but the less hassle your hair is, the less inclined you’ll be to fuss over it with constant touching or brushing, which is what causes breakage and split ends. Try to only style your hair once and then not to mess with it for the rest of the day.

7. Read and repeat

Watch out for hair products that have a high concentration of alcohol, as this will dry your hair out and make it brittle.

8. Keep things trim

No matter the weather, a regular trim always helps keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. Short hair should be trimmed every 4 to 8 weeks, while long hair needs a cut more regularly, say once every 2 to 3 months, depending on how quickly your hair grows.

So go on, let your hair down this winter.

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