For a lot of us in the United States, winter is still a thing. Folks up North still have snow on the ground. Even down here in Savannah, GA, we’re still having what we consider cold snaps, which admittedly is anything below 60 degrees. Brrrr.
If you haven’t kept up with your winter skin and hair care routine, it’ll be evident by this point in the season. Repeated transitions from to dry and cold winter air outdoors to warm dry air indoors can take a toll. Hair is zapped of its moisture, leaving it dry, dull, frizzy and more susceptible to damage. You may also experience scalp dryness and dandruff.
Tresses be stressed! It all makes you want to give up and just cram a hat on your head. Alas, that compounds the problems, not to mention the crazy static that will happen you remove said hat.
Hang in there. We’re in the home stretch of winter, hopefully. Here are some ways you can minimize the damage and emerge this spring with a lustrous crown.
1. Use gentle hair care products
Avoid shampoos and conditioners containing sulfates, which cheap chemicals that create lather. Lather is what loosens dirt from a surface and allows it to be carried away. Many times these harsh agents aren't needed, and they can even strip your scalp and hair of natural oils and nutrients, resulting in dry, brittle hair and a dry, irritated scalp. Sulfates can even make your scalp overproduce oil to compensate, which makes you want to wash more, further adding to the dryness. We only use plant-based surfactants derived from coconut — a non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to give our shampoos their luxurious lather. Dirt and grime is lifted and washed away without damaging hair and scalp. Bonus: Our hair care products are free of nut allergens, parabens, and phthalates, and are never tested on animals.
Hair health and strength begins at the follicle. A healthy scalp leads to healthy follicles, and ultimately strong, beautiful, healthy hair. Savannah Bee Company shampoos and conditioners are made with power-packed hive ingredients honey, royal jelly, and propolis to deeply moisturize and protect hair and scalp.
- HONEY is a highly effective but gentle cleanser. The natural antibacterial and probiotic properties of honey remove impurities without stripping hair of its natural oils. Honey also is a natural humectant and emollient. Humectants bond with water molecules to increase the water content of your skin and hair, while Emollients build a protective layer that prevents the water from escaping. Together they moisturize, soften, and smooth the hair from roots to ends without weighing it down. But wait, there’s more! Honey also is full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed follicles (the live part of your hair), keeping the scalp and roots healthy. Antioxidants also protect scalp and hair from environmental damage.
- Considered the most precious product of the beehive, ROYAL JELLY is a complex blend of lipids, proteins, vitamins, and amino acids. This arsenal of nutrients deeply moisturizes and nourishes by opening hair follicles to allow absorption of all the goodness. This makes hair look shiny and bouncy. The proteins and amino acids in royal jelly rejuvenate the scalp and help repair damaged hair. Royal jelly contains rich in B vitamins and minerals (including Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Phosphorous, Potassium), providing the proper nutrition to promote healthy scalp and hair from roots to ends.
- PROPOLIS has been recorded as a beauty ingredient for over 3,000 years in Egypt, Rome, and Greece. This hive treasure is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3, plus rich in amino acids and antioxidants. It is effective is helping to protect against bacteria.
2. Wash less frequently
Over-washing your hair strips it of the vital natural oils that keep it moisturized and protected. Most of us really only need to wash our hair every other day. If you can go longer than that, you should. Tip: Use a dry shampoo on your roots if you tend to get a little greasy. I absolutely swear by dry shampoo.
3. Use warm (not hot) water
Seems like I’ve said this in every winter skin care blog, but it’s worth repeating because the same is true for your hair. Hot water strips skin -- and hair -- of its natural oils, leaving it dry and fragile. It’s so tempting to stand under a really hot shower after a long, cold day, but try to use warm water instead. When you’re done washing and conditioning, try running cool water over your hair to close the cuticles and lock in all those wonderful benefits from the honey, royal jelly, and propolis.
4. Leave in the conditioner
When the cuticle layer of your hair is raised instead of smooth, your hair appears dry and frizzy. Deep condition your ends by leaving conditioner on a little longer before rinsing. If you have curly hair, which is more susceptible to frizz, you can try only partially rinsing or use a leave-in conditioner. Take it from this Curly Girl who has fought frizz all her life.
5. Brush dry (not wet) hair
Water actually weakens your hair's bonds so it is at its most fragile when it’s wet. For this reason, don't brush your hair when it’s wet. Use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers, and be gentle about it. Aggressively raking through your hair when it's wet will cause breakage and damage. It’s more effective to brush your hair before getting into the shower. This removes any loose hairs and tangles, making hair easier to shampoo and condition. Tip: Whether hair is wet or dry, comb the ends first and work your way up to the roots, gently working out any tangles or knots. Combing from the roots to ends, especially wet hair, causes a lot of tension on the strands, increasing the chances of breakage.
6. Dry with care
After stepping out of the shower, blot your hair with a soft towel instead of rubbing it dry. Rubbing creates too much friction and can damage hair, as well as remove any conditioner you decided to leave in. The best way to dry your hair is to let it air dry. But if you need to use a hair drier, use the lowest heat setting and blow the air down the hair shaft, which helps flatten the cuticle and make your hair appear smoother. It’s best not to go outside with wet hair when temperatures drop. Moms always say it’s because you’ll get sick, but really it’s because cold air expands the hair shaft, making it prone to breakage.
7. Style minimally
Just like hot water isn’t great for your hair, neither are hot styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons, and hot rollers. No matter the season, if your hair is already in a fragile state, heat styling amplifies all the problems by literally evaporating moisture from the hair. So go natural – let that wig do what it wants to do! Use old-school rollers or try pin curls. Experiment with different braids, up-dos or accessories like headbands and clips.
HIVE HACK: Combat static and frizz with Royal Jelly Body Butter. All our formulas are light enough to tame fly away hair after using a blow drier or hot styling tool. Spread a scant amount on your hands and run them over your hair from roots to ends, concentrating on the ends. If you’re going to air dry your hair, evenly spread a small amount on your hands and work into damp hair to nourish locks and control frizz. If you’re a Curly Girl like me, scrunch it and swirl it for smooth, controlled curls.