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There’s a lot to love about winter:

Cozy sweaters. Hot cocoa. Holiday movies. A crackling fire in the fireplace.

But of course, there are some downsides as well, and for many of us, one of the primary downsides is the toll that cold weather takes on our hair.

The good news is that, for every winter weather hair problem, there’s also a perfectly workable solution.

Here are some examples on how to Handle Winter Hair Problems from your friends at Luminary Cosmetic Medicine & Hair Restoration.

1) Your hair feels dry and brittle.

As the moisture levels in the air drop, it can leave your hair feeling a little bit like straw. This is especially common among those whose hair is normally curly, as coiled hair is drier by its very nature.

A few ways to avert this problem:

Go easy on your use of hot tools, including irons and blow dryers.
Invest in hydrating shampoos and conditioners.
Don’t go outside with wet hair (and if you do, cover it with a hat or scarf).

2) Your hair is full of static.

Winter weather can also cause your hair to pick up a static charge, something that’s caused by the dryness of the air. This, in turn may cause your hair to stand up.

Again, there are some simple ways to combat this. Incorporate as much moisture into your hair care routine as possible. Avoid using hot tools. Also, if you find your hair standing on end, you can calm it down by applying a little bit of hand cream to your hands, then using them to pat down your hair. Finally, consider stashing a dryer sheet in your purse or your pocket, and using it to tame your wild strands.

3) You’ve got split ends.

The best way to deal with split ends is simply to get a haircut, so make sure you maintain those appointments even amidst holiday hustle and bustle. You may also wish to invest in some split end binding cream, which can help minimize your split ends between appointments.

4) Your hair is matted.

During winter, the hair at the nape of your neck can get matted down by your heavy jacket or your scarf, causing you to look a bit disheveled. You can usually mitigate this by wearing your hair in a bun or braiding it to the back or the side.

5) Your scalp is dry and itchy.

Dry, itchy scalps are all too common during winter weather. This is irritating and can lead to further embarrassment via dandruff. Consider shampooing less frequently and swapping in a moisturizing conditioner for the days you don’t wash your hair. Also remember to pat your itchy scalp, as opposed to scratching it; the latter may just inflame your skin further.

These are just a few of the hair problems that are common during the colder months. If you have any additional questions about maintaining healthy hair and a clean scalp, we welcome you to contact the team at Luminary at your next opportunity.

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